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post #1 of 8
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yup im upgrading my computer, i just got the mobo/processor and i will be buying a new heatsinc and fan tomorrow i was wondering what you guys think i should upgrade next that will get me the most performance increase per dollar
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post #2 of 8
Well a graphics card upgrade would be the most prudent option.
But your 230W POS PSU is going to hold you back from any decent upgrade.

So new PSU, then an 8800GT.

Then maybe a hard drive for all your stuffz.

Then a sound card if you like to game and listen to music / watch movies!
post #3 of 8
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thanks, ya the psu is ancient have had the thing for like 7 years now lol, actually upgraded out of a pentium 3 into this stuff
those cards dont seem to expensive either

never would of thought i needed a new sound card thou, is the on board one the P5K SE comes with that bad?
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post #4 of 8
-Power Supply
A.) Antec 650W TruePower Trio
B.) Rosewill makes some good high-end PSUs along with BFG and whatnot

-Hard Drive
A.) A lot of people use the 500GB Seagates but I personally prefer Western Digital/Maxtor *lolz*
B.) For RAID I'm not sure, never tried it in a gaming rig ... I'm currently using a 74GB 10,000RPM Raptor

-Video card
A.) 8800GT
B.) 8800GTS 512MB Edition

-Processor
A.) Intel Q6600 since they run for about $200-$250 right now
B.) Wait till the end of Q1 March for the new 45NM Yorkfield/Wolfdales
C.) Intel 45NM Dual Core but I don't know the model names or specs for these

-Motherboard
A.) Asus is pretty good from what I hear, I've used MSI boards for budgets machines and made the mistake of buying one for an extreme rig...I'd say look at DFI as well.
B.) In regards to chipsets for Price-to-Performance I'd say go for a P35

-RAM
A.) Get some good G.Skill/Corsair/Crucial 4-4-4-12 DDR2-800 RAM **Anything with D9 Microns on 'em**
    
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post #5 of 8
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thanks for the advice ill see if i can get enough money together for the PSU tomorrow but most likely will need to wait a paycheck or 2
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post #6 of 8
The PSU is the heart of every system. Make sure you get something that's stable and from a reputable brand (PC Power & Cooling, Antec etc.)

As far as needing a sound card I don't think it's necessary. On-board sound isn't nearly as bad as it used to be.
    
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post #7 of 8
Yeah get at least a 600W PSU these days. I can't the 7 year old 230w didn't die by now. Replace it before it explodes and takes your rig along with it.
post #8 of 8
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Yeah get at least a 600W PSU these days. I can't the 7 year old 230w didn't die by now. Replace it before it explodes and takes your rig along with it.
me to actually, and especially since my computer is normally on 24/7

i picked up the Antec TruePower Trio 650W was only 100$ from my local store so was happy with that, not sure when ill have enough money to pick up a video card... may see if i can get my dad to buy me one lol
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