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Hey all. I'm a recent recipient of a $500 graduation gift and am looking for ways to blow it all on my sig rig, which is mainly used for gaming.

My first move would have been to buy an 8800GT, but I value your opinions too much to act out on my own before asking. Is this system even worth upgrading? If it is, how would you improve upon it with approx $500?

Thanks in advance!
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8800GT, new motherboard, new RAM, another harddrive (if you need the space) or a new CPU.

I think the CPU would be the best choice, because that looks to be a single core chip...

In this order of importance I think:

CPU, motherboard, RAM, harddrive.
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post #3 of 35
Ya that would be the opportunity for you to go with Intel and get a nice E7200 on a P35 board and still have enough money for a 8800GT.
    
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New cpu and another 2gb kit, and maybe a new hsf for the new cpu
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post #5 of 35
To me it looks like you would benefit most from a New Graphics Card, CPU, RAM, and MoBo. Your Case is awesome, you could benefit from another HD but that one is pretty good.

Look around in the for sale section and get some used stuff, that way you could get yourself a killer rig for cheap.

(I have an XfX 8800GT Extreme that I could sell to ya for a good price )
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Thanks guys. rep+
BTW - FX-60, although dated, is dual core.
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post #7 of 35
E7200 $132, Gigabyte P35-DS3R (RAID) $130, 8800GT $140 or 8800GTS 512mb $200 and 2GB DDR2-800 $40.
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BTW - FX-60, although dated, is dual core.
Oh, then get a new motherboard, the aforementioned 8800GT, and new RAM. I would recommend getting 4GB, because of your ownership of 64-bit Vista.

Take out your current RAM
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post #9 of 35
To be honest, I wouldn't buy a new graphics card yet. I'd wait a little while for the newer ATI offerings to see how they would compare price/performance-wise with the 8800GT/GTS. If you're unwilling to wait, though, the GT/GTS are by no means bad.
Edited by darkcloud89 - 6/10/08 at 4:43pm
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Ya that would be the opportunity for you to go with Intel and get a nice E7200 on a P35 board and still have enough money for a 8800GT.
spot on answer. i just boght some new pc parts got myself E7200, overclocked it to 3ghz/1500FSB with 1.136v for now, i only got a ****ty 350W psu, so ill wait for new OCZ 600W to arrive in few week before taking it further. also try getting some nice OCZ HPC PC9200 ddr2s, they running at 1140mhz now i believe they can go alot further! already score 5.9 on vista ram score tho
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