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Hey guys, Ive decided its time for an upgrade on the computer. Could use some educated input, as I've been out of the scene for some time now. Ive noticed that my computer lags pretty noticeably when I have a good amount of flash windows open, and its getting to me. Also my ping in cs1.6 is up in the 90s (not sure if an upgrade would help this though?)

Anyways, heres what Ive got..
Asus P5N32-E Mobo
2gigs OCZ DDR2 1066
C2D E6300
BFG 7600GT
The rest is in my sig..

Thinking of dropping about $200-$300, the less, the better. I was hoping to hold off on a video card till a bit later, but if it would make the most drastic change, Id be willing to buy that.

So would I notice a more significant change getting 2 more gigs of ram, or upgrading the processor? Or even a new vid card? What would you suggest in my price range? Keep in mind I'm in canada.

Thanks, and rep+ to anyone who helps!
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post #2 of 13
well, imo
you are running XP, so 2 gigs of ram @ 1066 should be fine.
mobo looks good, is it 650i? or 680i?

you could find a q6600 in many places in your price range listed, and quads will be very handy in a year or two if you plan on keeping your system that long.
also, when you want to upgrade your video card, the 9600gt is a great budget option.
almost as good as the 8800gt but for around 40-50 bucks less with rebates.

i've seen a 9600gt as low as $130-$140 with mail-in rebates
and a q600 as low as about $220ish with rebates.

all depends on what you want to do

edit: also, if you want to stay dual core, the e6850 (3.0ghz) is $185 on newegg. which is a big upgrade from your e6300.
Edited by smoke12291 - 5/15/08 at 6:32pm
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post #3 of 13
8800GTS 512 gets to $170 after MIR, for the ECS one. everything else you have is good enough, get a new GPU.

EDIT: yes, to answer your question, it would make the most drastic change.

EDIT: @ $300, you could could get a 8800GTS 512 AND more RAM.
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post #4 of 13
save it for a great gpu when your ready to pull the trigger
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post #5 of 13
E8400 or Q6600 (Q6600 is slower now, but faster in 2 years).

9600GT or 8800GT if you want to drop that much.

I would drop the $ on the video card, then wait on the CPU.
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post #6 of 13
Think about RAID? Also, I would wait to upgrade until 9900 or HD4000 series comes out. Then the prices will fall a lot on the other hardware. And more RAM.
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post #7 of 13
with only 300 bucks to spend i would just grab a g92 8800gts 512mb(dont get the 320 or the 640 they are on an older core. the g80) for around $200-225 before rebates and then save the remainder for a better proc down the road. if your ocing that proc to around 3ghz you should be fine for quite a while. plus, in css the 8800gts is more than enough with that proc. or you could just upgade to a cheaper card like the 3850 or 9600gt(wich will also handle css nicely) till the bigger cards come out mid-summer.

hell, you made it this long with a 7600gt .


edit: woops, i thought you were talking css. the card you have now probably gets you over 60fps in cs1.6
Edited by kkbob33 - 5/15/08 at 6:52pm
   
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post #8 of 13
Some of your problems sound more software related than hardware. It might be a good idea to run a registry cleaner, clean out old temporary files, defragment, and if you don't already, a virus/spyware/malware/rootkit scan. Make sure Windows is up to date as well.
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post #9 of 13
Your computer is already overkill for your applications. Despite what you've been told, upgrading your hardware will do nothing to help your ping. Your best bet is to call and complain to your ISP and hopefully they'll reroute you or add more hardware for your area. In my opinion, hold onto your money until your applications change. Having several flash windows open isn't enough to bog down your machine. Do a thorough virus scan or reload windows altogether.
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Thanks guys, I agree on the virus/spyware thing. I haven't ran much in the past few months in terms of checking, so I will get right on that.

Again, Im not ready to drop the $$ on a video card that will half its price in a short time, when all I play religiously on the computer atm is 1.6. I thought that my processor was really underkill, but if the OC gurus seem to think not, I am more than happy to pocket the money for a later time.

I really should be looking into a laptop anyways.
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