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Your system is fine, just upgrade that gpu, The GTX 470 at $250 and GTX 570 at $350 are your best bets, both will be fine for pretty much any game, the 570 gives you 480 performance at a good price with much lower power consumption and heat.
Considering the 28 inch monitor, I'm inclined to agree that the video card is not adequate. It would be fine for 1280 x 1024 on a square 19 inch LCD, but for that monster you are going to need at least a GTX 470. You also need to get rid of 32-bit, get more memory, and get a CPU cooler that does not block your RAM slots.

I don't like your power supply, but if it can truly delivery around 50 amps of power with at least 77 percent efficiency it should be fine. If you ever smell anything funny or hear a popping noise, unplug the computer immediately.
    
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I got 64 bit Windows 7, but yea I only got 32 bit Vista.

As for the P/S, I needed a stopgap because the one before it was dying and couldn't power the PC and I needed something that worked and I could get off a store shelf capable of powering my current specs, not something that was good for the overhaul I now plan on doing. I can resell it for most of what I paid as it is barely used and I have the original box.

Im willing to drop some cash on a new, smaller CPU cooler (Recommendations?) that will not block the ram slots, 2 more sticks of ram, a GTX 580/480, and a better P/S, since it is cheaper than building a whole new tower and I could squeeze some serious performance out of the MoBo and CPU probably with a couple less bottlenecks.

I went with 32-bit Vista because that was plenty back then is what I originally built the PC for 3-1/2 years go which is why it is in need of some upgrades now for newer games like GTA IV and BoB:SoW

I think I may even get decent CPU temps with a smaller cooler, if I install the thermal gel better than my friend did the first time, 3 years ago. Whats the name of that japanese thermal paste?
Edited by Lezbianseagull - 12/23/10 at 2:17pm
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I got 64 bit Windows 7, but yea I only got 32 bit Vista.

Im willing to drop some cash on a new, smaller CPU cooler (Recommendations?) that will not block the ram slots, 2 more sticks of ram, a GTX 580/480, and a better P/S, since it is cheaper than building a whole new tower and I could squeeze some serious performance out of the MoBo and CPU probably with a couple less bottlenecks.
Check this one out:

Just don't pick the coolers that have the giant circular radiators (they are great, but take up too much space on your board).
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...Fans-Heatsinks

I use arctic silver or antec formula 5 for thermal paste.

Even if the new CPU cooler looks clean, often they have varnish on them, so wipe the heat sink off with a coffee filter and rubbing alcohol. Same with the CPU.
Edited by Majestic_Lizard - 12/23/10 at 2:36pm
    
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I got 64 bit Windows 7, but yea I only got 32 bit Vista.

As for the P/S, I needed a stopgap because the one before it was dying and couldn't power the PC and I needed something that worked and I could get off a store shelf capable of powering my current specs, not something that was good for the overhaul I now plan on doing. I can resell it for most of what I paid as it is barely used and I have the original box.

Im willing to drop some cash on a new, smaller CPU cooler (Recommendations?) that will not block the ram slots, 2 more sticks of ram, a GTX 580/480, and a better P/S, since it is cheaper than building a whole new tower and I could squeeze some serious performance out of the MoBo and CPU probably with a couple less bottlenecks.

I went with 32-bit Vista because that was plenty back then is what I originally built the PC for 3-1/2 years go which is why it is in need of some upgrades now for newer games like GTA IV and BoB:SoW

I think I may even get decent CPU temps with a smaller cooler, if I install the thermal gel better than my friend did the first time, 3 years ago. Whats the name of that japanese thermal paste?
My recommendation for a CPU cooler - Hyper 212+, cheap and great value for the money. get a 580/570 because of lower temperatures and lower noise.
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get a 580/570 because of lower temperatures and lower noise.
The 580 makes a lot less noise than the 480 or 295. It is hard to get used to not hearing a jet engine in my home. LOL.
    
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post #26 of 61
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The 580 makes a lot less noise than the 480 or 295. It is hard to get used to not hearing a jet engine in my home. LOL.
I didn't see it ranked on Tomshardware.com in the Nvidia 3dmarko6 section. I would like to know more about it, is it a better version of the 480 that is simply newer and has never been benchmarked?

GOing off tomshardware it says I should get a GTX 480 for single GPU MoBo slot performance, whats different about the 580, from the 480?

Also, we may be able to dremel off a metal latch that is in the way of my Ram slots, and still use the same CPU cooler, I am going to look into that first before installing a new cooler.
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Hi, heres my 2 cents <3
1. your CPU and RAM at the moment, combined with a decent GPU like a 6870, GTX470, etc, will eat ANY GAME OUT THERE.

2. It will slightly bottleneck in synthetic benchmarks, but heck, my 1055T doesnt beat a 920 @ stock and im at 4ghz, but i rip it in my games, getting 100FPS in GTA4 on my eyefinity res.
3. When the 2011 Sandy bridges come out, you may want to consider moving to it.

4. You only need 4GB of ram for gaming, it's the speed and latency that counts.

Hope this helps
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I didn't see it ranked on Tomshardware.com in the Nvidia 3dmarko6 section. I would like to know more about it, is it a better version of the 480 that is simply newer and has never been benchmarked?

GOing off tomshardware it says I should get a GTX 480 for single GPU MoBo slot performance, whats different about the 580, from the 480?

Also, we may be able to dremel off a metal latch that is in the way of my Ram slots, and still use the same CPU cooler, I am going to look into that first before installing a new cooler.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...-480,2781.html

Its not on their benchmark charts yet, but Tom has articles on it. Performance is about 15 percent better than GTX480 (comparing the two at stock speeds). My experience is that there is less of a penalty with anti-aliasing with the GTX580 as well.
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4. You only need 4GB of ram for gaming, it's the speed and latency that counts.
Not if he's running a 32-bit OS. He needs to upgrade to 64-bit.
    
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I have windows-7 64-bit as well as 32-bit vista, Lizard. If I can benchmark better and prepares my PC for future games better, I will get an extra 4 gig of ram.

My brother claims that my CPU will act as a bottleneck though for all these upgrades, and I cant seem to OC it past 3.16ghz without it blue screening.
Edited by Lezbianseagull - 12/23/10 at 4:09pm
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