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Im planning on upgrading my mobo, memory, and video card in my HP. Im on a pretty tight budget and was wondering if i should get 2 GB of memory or get a better video card. IF i get 2 gb of memory ill probably get a 6600 or 6800 but if i dont get any more memory ill probabyl get a 7600. I plan on playing BF2 a lot and was wondering what u guys think?
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My opinion, stay with 1 Gig of RAM, because most games at the moment do not utilize more than that, and get the 7600GT. Then just buy 1 Gig more when you want and your budget permits you to buy it.

Edit: I had a similar decision to make when I could afford either a 6800GS or 6600GT and 1 Gig of RAM, and in the end I got the 6800GS. RAM prices are decreasing nowadays so I will find a good deal sooner or later.
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I would say to get the G-card first as you need it more at the moment 1gb will hold out for a while but your g-card wont.
post #4 of 10
For BF2 ram is really important so if that is one of the main and only games you play then go for the 2gb. However if you branch out into other games really at all I have to recommend the 7600gt in most games it will give you a much better gaming experience even coupled with less ram.
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Originally Posted by -relk-
Im planning on upgrading my mobo, memory, and video card in my HP. Im on a pretty tight budget and was wondering if i should get 2 GB of memory or get a better video card. IF i get 2 gb of memory ill probably get a 6600 or 6800 but if i dont get any more memory ill probabyl get a 7600. I plan on playing BF2 a lot and was wondering what u guys think?

I would say ram; cause playing BF2 with 1 gig is crap.
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post #6 of 10
def get the Graphics card, its the more expensive componet, u can always add another gig later if you need it
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Mikesamuel112
I would say ram; cause playing BF2 with 1 gig is crap.
Only on high settings, which he's not going to be doing with an FX 5500.
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Originally Posted by Mikesamuel112
I would say ram; cause playing BF2 with 1 gig is crap.
No its not. I run BF2 fine on max settings with 1280/1024. It's just that it takes a little while longer to load, and the first few moments of combat may seem to stutter a little.

2gigs with a 5500 will struggle on medium/low settings, while a 1gig rig with a 6800 could easily manage high.
    
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Relk you should tell me your budget. Maybe we can all figure a way to get you all the parts you want or other parts with similar performance within your budget. You might be surprised the deals that 5 determined computer nerds can find.
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post #10 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Namrac
Only on high settings, which he's not going to be doing with an FX 5500.
But he just might with the 7600GT... nice little paradox. Get new video card, and you wished you had more RAM, get the RAM, and you wish for the better card

And yes, give us a budget... there is six of us now
    
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