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Update a few components or try for a new (to me) system?

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Hey all.

I need some help making a decision. I currently have a Dell Studio 540 w/ the only upgrades being a better graphics card and more power. I've had (and discussed in here) some heat problems with it, so I've been trying to figure out what to replace on it. Here is my current set-up:

Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
ManufacturerDell Inc.
ModelStudio 540
Number Of Processors1
Processor DescriptionIntel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
Total Memory8192MB
Total Hard Drive376GB
Display27M1A-C4A, 27.2" (60cm x 34cm)
BIOS VersionACRSYS - 20081225 BIOS Date: 12/25/08 10:18:43 Ver: 0.0.1 BIOS Date: 12/25/08 10:18:43 Ver: 0.0.1
Video Card: 9800 GT
Power Supply: Orion 585w.


I had ideas of getting a new case and processor, but now I'm wondering if I shouldn't scrap the entire idea and attempt to buy a good used computer online??? I might be able to scrape together $650-$700.

As far as what I use it for, it is mainly gaming. I'm not a nut-so gamer who needs the 'latest and greatest', but obviously I'd like the most bang for my buck!

What do you guys think? Keep my current and system and update a few things, or buy a good used rig online/etc.?

Thanks.
Chad
Dell 540 Studio
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Ciore 2 Quad Q6600 Dell Inc. 9800 GT DDR2 400.0 MHz 8192 MBytes 
Hard DriveOSPowerMouse
SAMSUNG HD642JJ Orion 585W copperhead 
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Dell 540 Studio
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Ciore 2 Quad Q6600 Dell Inc. 9800 GT DDR2 400.0 MHz 8192 MBytes 
Hard DriveOSPowerMouse
SAMSUNG HD642JJ Orion 585W copperhead 
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post #2 of 4
It really depends on what you want to do. I would be warey of buying a full system online. Although that said there are quite a few good deals on the market place on this site under full systems and for $700 you can get a pretty good used one

Also on the other end if you wanted to build your own you can get a really nice system for $700 that would kill what your currently running

I attached a quick system i threw together if you with with cheaper memory or mobo you could easlly throw in an ssd or a better video card but all that should easily run on your 500w psu
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wow, thanks racer. Obviously i'm a total rookie at this stuff, but I'm trying to learn as I go along. Thanks for the example system...that would have taken me a full day to throw together and have it make sense, and you did it in 5 minutes! lol

Anyone else?
Dell 540 Studio
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Ciore 2 Quad Q6600 Dell Inc. 9800 GT DDR2 400.0 MHz 8192 MBytes 
Hard DriveOSPowerMouse
SAMSUNG HD642JJ Orion 585W copperhead 
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Dell 540 Studio
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Ciore 2 Quad Q6600 Dell Inc. 9800 GT DDR2 400.0 MHz 8192 MBytes 
Hard DriveOSPowerMouse
SAMSUNG HD642JJ Orion 585W copperhead 
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Originally Posted by huskersfan1 View Post
wow, thanks racer. Obviously i'm a total rookie at this stuff, but I'm trying to learn as I go along. Thanks for the example system...that would have taken me a full day to throw together and have it make sense, and you did it in 5 minutes! lol

Anyone else?
Lol if you decided to go cheaper you could pull an AMD system even cheaper the phenom 2 quads are pretty cheap now

If your purely interested in gaming with this rig (as much as i love amd) i would have to recommend the 2500k/2600k from intel if you do a custom build especially the 2500k there the top gaming chips right now and overclock like dreams
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