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Upgrading PC...advice and suggestions welcomed

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  1. slingblade09

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    My stepdad built my current PC several years ago and It is really starting to bug me when I play current games.

    I need to be able to play age of conan without constantly hitting single digit FPS numbers.
    I'm running a AMD 64 3200 cpu and a nividia 6800 right now.

    I know I have to replace my mobo/cpu/video card/mem.
    I don't want top of the line stuff, but just stuff up to par that will be able to play most games pretty well.

    Suggestions? I prefer AMD and nvidia. Budget around 500, maybe a little more.

    Also, I have a 350watt antec PS...would I need to get more wattage if I upgraded?
    And would I need a new case? My current case is this...I'm not sure about cooling with all this new stuff.


    Stuff I'm looking at(I really have no idea here)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103818
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128431
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433&cm_re=gtx_260-_-14-130-433-_-Product
    And some brand of 4GB of DDR3 memory...not sure.
     
  2. UnsettledBrute

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    I am also upgrading my pc (more like just building a new one). My budget is a tad higher, more like $700. What are you looking for, what parts. What type of processor, video card, motherboard. DDR2 or 3 ram? Your case is more than sufficient.

    BTW im better with AMD and ATI, i am completely oblivious when it comes to intel and Nvidia terminologies.
     
  3. UnsettledBrute

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    This is my suggestion on my weeks of my research (still not done contemplating it). This is my current build components, might upgrade for myself but they would be perfect for your price range.

    MOBO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176

    Video card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150457

    RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227496

    CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727


    Also you are probably going to need a new PSU with these options.
     
  4. dustyjay

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    I would recommend this Motherboard over the Asrock it does cost more but is lightyears better, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128411 And this processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103847 same processor as your choice slingblade09 but for $7 more includes the HSF that the OEM doesn't.

    And yes, a new power supply will be needed, but don't dwell as much on the Wattage. Look for Quality with More amperage on the +12vdc rail(s) Antec is a good choice, but there are other quality brands as well such as Corsair, OCZ, Thermaltake, Seasonic, to name a few.
     
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    Looks okay to me. As long as yours is not like the one in the picture that doesn't have a rear exhaust fan.

    Get this video card at least: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...ription=5830&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=100

    The 5770 is slightly slower than the GF260, but $35 cheaper than that GF260 you linked to. Power, heat is lower too.

    Do you already have a good fan for the X2 550? The fan that came with your OLD CPU won't work, if its stock.
    Note, the retail X2 555 is $12 more, which includes a fan and the retail warranty. There is more than a 50% chance you'll be able to activate the other 2 cores and OC at the same time to about 3.4~3.6Ghz. Maybe more so a retail CPU over a retail.

    You'll also need the DDR3 memory.

    You'll require a NEW PSU for any of these upgrades... Newer ATX 2.2 or 2.3 type, more wattage... such as a good 500~650 watt unit from Corsair, Thermaltake, Antec, Seasonic, OCZ. Corsair is among the highest rated, but about $80 for the 550watt model.
     
  6. Compiler

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    Dustyjay, I just picked up a retail X2 550 Black Edition for $87. Its much easier to overclock a BE version or a regular model.

    I just finish building the system, putting OS on tomorrow. While pickup up parts, saw a guy helping a friend pick up parts. Picking out the cheapest case, kind of looking for one with a PSU and checking out the no-name PSU that is $5 after rebate! I had to say something. Told them the usual... about noise, junk, good chance to fry system and pointed to a Thermaltake 430 for $40 right next to them. I think they went with the $20/$5 PSU in the end since they kind of has that "whats the difference look" - don't care, I did my part. Oh well.
     
  7. slingblade09

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    Is that Gigabyte MB a lot better than the one I posted? Would it matter which one I got?
    Also, is it better to use ATI with AMD/gigabyte stuff rather than Nvidia? I've always been a big fan of Nvidia which is why I learn towards the 260gtx, should I get an ATI instead? What ATI card would you suggest? Compiler mentioned the 5770 but linked the 5830...not sure.
     
  8. Compiler

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    Asrock is the low-end version of ASUS. Gigabyte is generally better than ASUS... so that is what many of us prefer to use.

    I had recommended the 5830 because its faster than the GF-260 and costs about $15 more. I mentioned the 5770 as another option, its cheaper but a bit slower.

    read reviews at www.anandtech.com
     
  9. slingblade09

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    Another question...Stick with the AMD Dual Core like the ones I posted or go for the quad core? Any benefit in doing so?
     
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    Many people are claiming that Asrock are the low end of ASUS. They are the experimental range that ASUS has invented and are moving up to a lot better quality parts and also have some really great features. There overclock feature has been great on the 3 N68-S motherboards I have used (Asrocks ultra cheap board) and to be honest I haven't had a single problem with them.

    As you can see this AM3 asrock board has fully solid state caps around the CPU area and also has a nice layout. It can also handle 1600Mhz RAM as well.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...57168&cm_re=Asrock_AM3-_-13-157-168-_-Product
     
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    slingblade09 : I'd go for the Corsair 550w PSU for $5~10 more, less noise and still better.
    The differences, the X2 costs $50~80 less than the X4s. The X2 550 I just bought doesn't do X4 - but I can OC it to 3.6Ghz easily.
    Its up to you if its worth it... it varies.

    I know what ASROCK is, I'm still not impressed with their products. ASUS is no longer best in quality.
    I remember seeing my first ASROCK board, some junk-rip-off PC shop sold a friend an expensive junk computer (used parts, illegal WinXP, cheap parts) had to get the police involved. The Asrock board had some hybrid-embedded AMD-32 class CPU that as not removable.

    One of the features on Gigabyte that works, is Power ON with mouse or keyboard (USB wired).
     
  13. slingblade09

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    What about running crossfire 4850 cards?
     
  14. Compiler

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    Read reviews and determine if that works for you.

    Bigger PSU required, more heat.
     
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    I used to be able to power on my ASUS A7N8X-X board using the mouse and keyboard and that was developed in about 2002-2003 ish.
     
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