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Upgrading my pc

By magiclight
Nov 24, 2007
  1. Hello id like to upgrade my pc spending around £500 can spend abit more or abit less, here is my specs so far:

    Intel core 2 duo extreme x6800 duel core prosessor
    aliminium ATX midi tower + 550W PSU
    ASUS P5N32_E SLI nForce 680i SLI (c55XE) mainboard -core 2 duo /quad core
    2048mb DDR2 900MHz Memory - (2x 1gb )
    500gb serial ATA hard drive with 16mb buffer
    super format sony 18x duel layer dvd writer
    640mb nivida geforce 8800GTS

    im looking to do gameing on the pc and want a better system.
    i havent got a clue on what to upgrade so far so any advice is appreciated

    thanks for all your help in advance,
    magiclight
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    Not too much you really can upgrade without just going all out. Get a GTX or an Ultra rather than the GTS I guess. But if you already have a GTS I'd just wait til the next round of cards come out.
     
  3. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    Upgrade that to 4GB and that is really all that you can do which would make much sense. The rest doesn't need upgrading.
     
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    yes ,for now add memory
     
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    Upgrading the RAM above 2gigs isn't the best thing he could do with his money if he's not running a 64bit OS.

    Personally, I'd try and sell the GTS for somethign real cheap, like 3/4 or even half its retail value right now. Then think of that as 'bonus' money, and then get 2 GTs or an Ultra or something.
     
  6. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 718

    2 things. I don't know what a 'midi-tower' is. Is it really small? If so, you should get a larger gaming type case with room to breathe, for air to pass around, room for fans, and space for components that run hot like your GPU's, to air out and cool off. #2. Also case related. The power supply may have 550 watts peak output, but that really doesn't tell one of the true specs of the unit. I have seen a Zalman PSU with 360 watts with 96% active PFC. It ran about 30 amps on the 12v rail. Just power (in watts) can be deceiving in our sometimes 80% and less PSU market. I would make sure that your PSU has enough amps on the 12v rail(s) to power whichever graphics processor(s)that you plan to use. Better to use a PSU that's about 20% more than you think you may need. Once you add all of your upgrades up during the course of time...you'll be glad that you did.
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    Mid tower is what most of us are using, they are the ones that can take 4 optical drives, and 2 floppies, and 4 hds or so.
     
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    then try out 64 bit or use PAE mode it will then allow xp 32bit to use more than 4gb of memory,but where not talking about anything above 4gb
    right now they have 2 gig logic to upgrade this is 2gig more
    with out PAE XP 32 will still use
     
  9. magiclight

    magiclight TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 67

    i think ill upgrade to 4gig, or wait till new cards come out, thanks for your help. its appreciated

    magiclight
     
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