Originally Posted by patonb
I'd not bother with your RAM.
I'd get a better gpu, 560ti will be perfect or even a 6850/70... Whats your power supply?
I would get a decent cooler, and overclock. You have a fantastic board, and easily get to 4.0Ghz, my 950 on a ud3 is.
I need the RAM cause photoshop keeps running out of memory when I need to align multiple images or save giant 16-bit panoramas. The same happens when doing HD video rendering.
I've got a Cooler Master HAF 932 with a Cooler Master V8 for cooling. Power supply is a Cooler Master GX 650 which I believe I'll need to upgrade if I get a new GPU. Haven't looked at overclocking cause my older PC had heating issues (read: hot dusty humid weather in Dubai) after overclocking.
Originally Posted by Roark
+1 on upgrading the GPU, it looks to be the lowest piece of gear in your machine.
Just to give you a frame of reference the GTS 250 is #56/58 on the performance list
As to your RAM questions, I would assume you're right about the model numbers (3A vs 2A).
However, your motherboard supports triple channel memory, so you would better off getting another 3 x 2GB kit, than a 2 stick kit anyway.
Can't seem to find the 3*2GB kit I have at the retailers so was aiming for a 2*4GB kit. Would a 3*4GB kit work?? i.e. different in memory size does/doesn't matter?
I'm holding off the GPU purchase for a while now cause I'll soon be getting a 24" screen (either Asus or Dell) to go with my ancient 17" Viewsonic. So need a GPU that'll support both the resolutions (1920*1200 with 1280*1024).
And when I bought the GTS 250, I knew it was mediocre but at the time of purchase I hadn't planned to get back to gaming.