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post #1 of 7
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Alright, so I just had a birthday, and my wife has dictated to me that, rather than spending money on her and for her artwork, I have to spend the money I was given as gifts on myself. So, I've decided I either want to upgrade my computer or buy either a PS3/XBox. If I go with the consoles, I'll have to save up more money, but that's beside the point. So, if I upgrade my computer, looking at my specs, which are up-to-date as of now, what do you guys think I should upgrade? I've only got about 200-250 to spend, and I don't really want to go over. I thought about upgrading my video card, but then I'd also like to upgrade to C2D. Anyway, I want suggestions. I'd like to stick with ATI (just personal preference, and I don't need to get flamed by others), and I'm perfectly content with XP Pro or Linux. So, let's have some suggestions. If possible (and I know this may be picky), but can you guys post links to what you find? Thanks a million - you guys are always top-notch.
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WD Caviar Black Asus 24x DVD-RW Multi Win 7, CentOS, BT 5.0 RC2, Mac OSX 10.7.4 Dual Asus VH236H 
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Saitek Eclipse PC P&C 610 KingWin Logitech Optical TracBall 
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post #2 of 7
Honestly? Get a PS3 or 360... You need to upgrade RAM, CPU and GPU pretty badly in my view.

You will need a bloody lot of money for that $500+ for anything decent.
    
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post #3 of 7
Yea, for what you have to spend on an upgrade, thats really not enough. You need to upgrade a lot of things.
post #4 of 7
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I wasn't saying I was upgrading everything. I guess I wasn't clear. Portions of an upgrade is what I'm wanting. If it's too much to ask, don't worry about it.
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i5 3570K Asrock Z77 Gigabyte 6850 G.Skill F3-12800CL9 
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WD Caviar Black Asus 24x DVD-RW Multi Win 7, CentOS, BT 5.0 RC2, Mac OSX 10.7.4 Dual Asus VH236H 
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Saitek Eclipse PC P&C 610 KingWin Logitech Optical TracBall 
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i5 3570K Asrock Z77 Gigabyte 6850 G.Skill F3-12800CL9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black Asus 24x DVD-RW Multi Win 7, CentOS, BT 5.0 RC2, Mac OSX 10.7.4 Dual Asus VH236H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse PC P&C 610 KingWin Logitech Optical TracBall 
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post #5 of 7
Well then I guess upgrade the gpu.
post #6 of 7
Gpu definitly.

The Ram Is fine its just not good for overclocking. I would say a new CPU but the 915 chipset only supports pentium4 processors even though it socket 775

Heres a 7900gs for only 105$ after rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130056
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post #7 of 7
I'd substitute this RAM in place of what you have now, and then get this video card. Bear in mind that this will still be a middle of the road system at best, but it will allow you to play DX10 games, and eliminate some of the lag you might get even in dx9 games. If it were me.. I'd go the console route.
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