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Old 07-06-2009, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I built this system on Christmas break 2007. I had the intentions of doing a lot of gaming but never got back into it the way I planned. It has been doing nothing but playing blurays for my 50" plasma the past year or so. Long story short, I have started gaming again and need some advice to get my system back up to speed.

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I know i need to replace the GPU but I don't know with what. I want something that is way better but I don't need the absolute latest and greatest.
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Something like an HD4870 or a GTX260 would probably be ideal for you.
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Those are great choices. What is your budget?
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What resolution will you be gaming at?
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The two major deciding factors on what card you should get are resolution and budget. The 4870 1gig is a good card for the price right now.
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I agree on either the 4870 1gig or the GTX 260.

RAM would be a nice upgrade as well, and it's much cheaper now than it was in 2007.

I don't really want to spend that much on a GPU. I don't have a set budget. I can spend as much as I want but I'm not going to buy the most expensive stuff I can find. I think a GPU under $200 is perfectly reasonable.

I would like to game at the highest resolution I can. I am also thinking about upgrading my LCD. What is a descent gaming LCD for not too much money? I don't want to spend that much on an LCD because I just bought a 50" tv.

What RAM would be a good upgrade from my Crucial Ballistix? I'm still running XP so I know that I can only use what like 3.5 GB?

i already have three copies of windows 7 on pre-order

i found some RAM on tigerdirect.com for cheap.

Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 2GBx2 - $54.99

Should I add this to my system or replace the 2x1GB I already have with it?
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It'll become 3.0GB if you throw in a 1GB Video card though

For your budget and your 1080p resolution, I'd recommend an HD 4870 1GB (and maybe save up for Windows 7 64bit) or HD 4890
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Interesting. It seems like cinaibur's last post swallowed mine =[ Or maybe vernon merged them for some reason.
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Ya bad merging lol..
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This ram is faster and cheaper
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