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Finally got a little bit of money to put into my desktop, and I'm wondering what would be better for gaming?

A nice new set of RAM, 2GB x 2
Will probably get a DDR3 1600 set with decent timings

Or, Upgrade to a quad core?
Probably The 2.9Ghz Athlon II X4

I'm not afraid to overclock them either, even though my current chip is a weak overclocker.

edit: If I get the processor I will probably get OEM and use my current cooler
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post #2 of 11
how much money you talkin?
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Probably gonna spend around $120 tops.
Thought about buying another GTS 250 from a friend who upgraded, but I don't want to get it and end up having problems with SLI hack.
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well if you game...you should go with a good BEx2 and 4 gigs of ram. that would be my first choice on a low budget. you'll benefit more there than any where else.look in the for sale theres..theres a couple x2's there.
http://www.overclock.net/main-compon...nom-ii-x2.html
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Quote:
Originally Posted by zxo0oxz View Post
Finally got a little bit of money to put into my desktop, and I'm wondering what would be better for gaming?

A nice new set of RAM, 2GB x 2
Will probably get a DDR3 1600 set with decent timings

Or, Upgrade to a quad core?
Probably The 2.9Ghz Athlon II X4

I'm not afraid to overclock them either, even though my current chip is a weak overclocker.

edit: If I get the processor I will probably get OEM and use my current cooler
I had the Athlon II X2 245 and I got it to 3.7GHz. You may have cheap RAM which can hinder overclocking.
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post #6 of 11
50 dollars for 2x2 1600 ddr3 + 75 dollars for Athlon II X4 630 on sale = 125 dollars

Looks like you can fit both in your budget.

I would upgrade the RAM before the processor, because yours currently is only 2x1 and

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You may have cheap RAM which can hinder overclocking.
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post #7 of 11
Both will yield better results but I think RichardS has nailed it for you. That way you get the best of both worlds. If you know your going to have money again soon for another upgrade, then by all means get 1 now (I would go for CPU) and the ram later.
 
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post #9 of 11
get the ram first, then see if you can oc your current cpu beyond 3ghz

Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104203
$45 with code DM15AP11US
great for overclocking
post #10 of 11
SLI hacked worked well with my motherboard and 2 GTS 250s, a 790X. I think I remember a couple of people who tried SLI hack on your particular mobo and it worked.

Just sayin'. Depending how much the 250 sells to you it might be a nice deal, and the PSU should run them nicely
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