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A new game is coming out, Battle of Britain: Storm of War that calls for a modernization of pc components and I know for sure that my GPU is lacking, as I ran into this problem trying to run GTA IV on anything higher than low settings.

Im thinking at the very minimum I may need a new GPU, and at worst, a new build, which Im kinda low on funds for at the moment.

I have a saying when I build PC's, build it once, build it right.

Current specs were plenty for 3 1/2-4 years ago when I originally built this PC, but I think the time is coming for either a new build or Im hoping I can get by with just a new GPU.

28" Hanns-G LCD Widescreen
Q6700@3.16 GHZ
Zalman 110mm CNPS CPU Cooling fan
DS3R-EP35 MoBo
700 watt Extreme cooling P/S
7200 rpm seagate 320gb HD
4gigs of 1000 gskill ram DDR2 (Although it says 3582 mb of ram under properties)
8800 GTS 512mb GPU
Dual Partition Windows7/Vista O/S

Ok, new graphix card is a given, I understand that this is one of the first game to use Windows 7 abilities to its fullest extent, as much as 8gigs of ram and what not, but all I have is 4. I Might be able to get by on the Q6700 without having to upgrade to an i7 950 and MoBo which would call for a whole rebuild.
Not sure if 700watts is good enough for a much more demanding GPU, could someone let me know?

As for the GPU, Im thinking of getting a GTX 480 with 1536mb of RAM, I do not have SLI MoBo, so will this be one of those dual card/fits into one slot GPUs?
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Your CPU is fine as far as games are concerned, as is your RAM. SLI is for more than one card, so you won't have any problems with the 480 and your mobo.
    
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What about the Power supply, is 700 watts enough?

Anything that might bottleneck that GPU for benchmarking purposes?
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What about the Power supply, is 700 watts enough?

Anything that might bottleneck that GPU for benchmarking purposes?
yes and yes.

But with an old system why cares about benchmarking?.. Max out some new games at 60+ fps!!
Edited by Phoriver - 12/23/10 at 10:09am
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Yes, a Decent brand 700w psu is enough, my sig rig can run find overclockeed on a high quality 600w corsaie power supply.

If going for a nvidia card, a GTX470 can max out GTA IV, so a GTX480 is enough to last you for quite long
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Yes, a Decent brand 700w psu is enough, my sig rig can run find overclockeed on a high quality 600w corsaie power supply.

If going for a nvidia card, a GTX470 can max out GTA IV, so a GTX480 is enough to last you for quite long
What in particular in my system specs would bottleneck a GTX 480/470?
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CPU maybe, more likely the Ram.
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CPU maybe, more likely the Ram.
You think the GTX 480 might be overkill because of the bottlenecks and I should shoot for something, less, but better than the GTS 8800 512mb?

If yes, then what in particular would you recommend?
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The Q6700 is a powerful proc, it's gonna be your RAM.

EDIT: I'd put the GTX460 in line with a Q6700. You'll have no problems with either bottlenecking the other and you'll still have plenty of OC headroom.
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Overclock that Q6700.
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