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post #1 of 7
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Have $300 to upgrade this machine, for medium gaming, will be playing BF3 when it comes out, really only want to keep the case. I've been out of the PC building world for a while now so if I'm missing anything please let me know.

Thanks!


(The budget may be pushed a little bit if need be.)
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post #2 of 7
If you're talking about spending $300 to upgrade your sig rig, you'll see the biggest improvement by doing two things:

1) Upgrading to a better GPU. If you want to play BF3, a GTX560Ti wouldn't be a bad way to go. You can find them on sale new for ~$220 after MIR.

2) Buying a CPU cooler and overclocking your CPU. There a lot of good CPU coolers for under $50. Buy one and then OC!

The above two things can be done for under $300 and will show you a bigger performance upgrade than anything else.
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post #3 of 7
well BF3 will utilize 4 cores so CPU upgrade will be a improvement but with your budget GPU and CPU cant be upgraded and GPU will show a better improvement so would go for a 560ti as above.
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Thread Starter 
How much of a bottleneck do you think my CPU would be for the 560ti? I know it's some pretty aged tech but it's what I have for now..
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post #5 of 7
It will bottleneck, no doubt, but it's going to give you more (a lot more) gaming performance than upgrading your CPU and leaving your GPU as-is. I'd say you're going to lose out on ~15-20% of the potential of the GTX560Ti.
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post #6 of 7
Attempt to find a used graphics card, and maybe you'll have enough left over for a used CPU. If you go new, you can't do both; go used and you might be able to.

You haven't said what motherboard you have, so I have to make a assumption that you're limited to the first generation Core 2 Duo. With that in mind, a Core 2 Quad Q6600 is a good used buy for a CPU, and you can probably find a good deal on one, on Ebay, or here. You get two more cores, and each one is 200MHz faster than the cores you have now. Alternately, if you have a newer mainboard, a Core 2 Duo E8200 would be dual-core, but faster and cooler than what you have now, and more overclockable.

As for graphics cards, a GT520 is very budget. Almost anything would be an improvement, even a generation or two back. If you want ATI, I'd look at a Radeon 5850. If you want to go nVidia, I'd look at a Geforce 460.
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post #7 of 7
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I'm seeing that 6770's are about $120, would those be worth looking at as they look to be pretty mid-range?


I'm kind of thinking that I will do this small upgrade to hold me over for a few months while I lay some money to the side and just build a new rig later in life and just use a newer GPU from this build.
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