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Help choosing a motherboard, RAM, CPU to take advantage of my video card

By TrickyNick
Jan 6, 2011
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  1. When I first got the computer, it was a Dell Inspiron 531s. I am no longer in the slim case, and looking to replace the last 3 components that makes it a Dell. The Hard Drives, the OS, the PSU, and the Video Card have been replaced last year. This year I'm wanting to upgrade the last 3 pieces and wanting to take full advantage of my GPU.

    My current PSU:
    newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341019&cm_re=OCZ700SXS-_-17-341-019-_-Product

    My Current Video Card:
    newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    My case: Was given to me, so I have no link for it as it didn't have any markings on it for the make/model of it.

    HDD: Sata Drives, forget the make & model of them, but there are 2 of them in RAID 1 (Mirror, think that's RAID 1) mode.

    Looking for a very reliable motherboard, cpu & ram for a budget of around 250-350. My current setup is being bottlenecked by the cpu (it's too slow) and would like to take full advantage of my video card. Also, the mobo needs to have RAID 1 (Mirror) support.

    I will be running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

    EDIT:
    Also, I'm not planning on buying until I get my Tax Refund, so mid-Feb, early March is when I am planning on buying.
  2. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

  3. TrickyNick

    TrickyNick TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What I see any performance increase if I went with 2x4GB Ram instead of the 2x2 you have listed?
  4. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    no there is no real need for 8 gb of ram 4gb is really all u will need atm but get what you want because ram is cheap right now.
  5. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 239

    The only way you will ever get advantage of 8gb of ram is if you are running 30'' PC display with a 2500x1600 resolution and for that you my friend will nedd a lot more than a HD5770... so if thas not the case 4gb is fine..
  6. TrickyNick

    TrickyNick TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I like how you painted a picture, edison5do.

    Guess I'll be sticking with the 4GB. Thanks to the both of you for helping me. :)
  7. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 239

    No problem, I told you that as a Owner of 2 HD5770, but I got them in two diferent PC's, always happy to help, this forum help me a lot too, so im giving some of that back... :D
  8. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    glad to help :)


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