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By Hazard
Jun 14, 2011
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  1. Not sure on what to purchase. Better graphics or overall system?

    Hi. So im looking to upgrade my PC for just basic video VIEWING and Gaming ( pretty hardcore )

    My current build is:
    PSU: Corsair TX 850W
    CPU: QuadCore Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, 1600 MHz
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L
    Mem: 2046 MB ( 2GB )
    Video: Nvidia Geforce GTX 260
    HDD: 298 GB HDD
    Sound: Realtek ALC888/1200 HD
    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate ( x86 )

    Questions:
    1.Now i was wondering if i should, buy a new mobo (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8p67-le-rev3-intel-p67-s1155-pci-e-20-ddr3-2200(oc)-sata-6gb-s-sata-raid-atx), DDR3 RAM (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-(2x2gb)-corsair-ddr3-xms3-classic-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-9-9-24-150v), and an i5 (http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500k-unlocked-s1155-sandy-bridge-quad-core-33ghz-gpu-850mhz-6mb-cache-95w-retail) OR i buy a new GTX 560 Ti (http://www.scanmalta.com/eshop/components/graphics-audio/graphics-cards/2gb-palit-gtx-560-ti-pci-express-2-0-video-card.html) AND another 2gb DDR2 RAM (http://www.scanmalta.com/eshop/components/memory/mem-pc/2gb-twinx-1gbx2-xms2-corsair-pc800-ddr2-memory-module.html).
    2. Does DDR3 make a big difference comapred to DDR2? ( because my current build has DDR2 )
    3.Will there be a bottleneck of some sort?

    A detailed answer will be appreciated SO MUCH. If you need any more details tell me.
     
  2. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    Just two of my cents.

    You might want to add another 2GB to your current rig, but your GTX260 is pretty solid for next 1 - 2 years of gaming, but since you mentioned about the bottleneck, it usually happens on many older motherboards.

    Maybe it's just me.
     
  3. Hazard

    Hazard TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 33

    i would. But my card is either defective or something but i get pretty low FPS in games, like you would expect me to get good FPS in The Witcher 2 or Arma II, but i dont. But not sure if you understood my question but i asked if i should buy the mobo, CPU,ram OR the gpu and ram :)
     
  4. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    Do you know anyone who has higher-end GPU to borrow from, so you can confirm your bottleneck issue?
     
  5. Hazard

    Hazard TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 33

    No, to be clear I DONT HAVE a bottleneck with my gtx 260 :) but what im asking is that if i upgrade to the 560 Ti WILL I have a bottlneck then? :)
     
  6. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    if that so, will that make a big concerns to you by using the newer parts? ;)


    Setting the rants aside,

    You could upgrade to i5 along with the new DDR3, and reusing the GTX260, since the i5 has biggest improvement on performance over the Q6600..

    to answer your questions about DDR2 vs DDR3, yes, it's a big improvement, since DDR3 has bigger memory bandwidth than DDR2.

    You could read these reviews and weights on your decisions:

    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/ddr2_vs_ddr3/

    http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/537/Intel_Core_2_Quad_Q6600_vs_Intel_Core_i5_I5-650.html


    I have used my friend's pc of i7 950 running off the GTX 570, it's lighting fast on crysis2.



    Edited: How about this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.671728 I5 2500K with 8GB DDR3 ram, it leaves you a space to get yourself a new p8p67 mobo :)
     
  7. Hazard

    Hazard TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 33


    mm ok then ill stick with the mobo, cpu, ram combo

    EDIT: you see, unfortunately in my country we dont have new egg :(
     
  8. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    I just noticed... ouch.

    I think i helped you very much for today, I wishes you the best luck on upgrading to the new parts, and have a happy gaming :)
     
  9. Hazard

    Hazard TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Thank you very much :) i appreciate your input.
     

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