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Old 05-03-2009, 03:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I got this computer a little while ago and now that I got the funds (1000$) I can afford to throw a few upgrades in to it but my lack of knowledge is making this choice very tuff so if anyone can help me gear to play my computer games better I would be very greatful.

ps. I know the computer may not have been to best buy out the door but it was the best I really could afford at the time

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Brand CyberpowerPC 

Model Gamer Infinity 9510 

Recommended Usage Gaming 

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E8500(3.16GHz) 

Processor Main Features 64 bit Dual Core Processor 

Cache Per Processor 6MB L2 Cache 

Memory 8GB (4x2GB) DDR2 800 

Hard Drive 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD 

Optical Drive 1 20X DVD±R/±RW Dual Layer Drive 

Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB PCI Express Video Card 

Audio Sound card - Integrated 

Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet 

Keyboard Logitech Deluxe 104 PS/2 Keyboard 

Mouse Logitech Optical Wheel PS/2 Mouse 

Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit 

Special Features Raidmax Sagitta II Case w/ 500W Power Supply 

Motherboard 

Chipset NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI 

Motherboard Name ASUS P5N-D 

CPU 

CPU Type Core 2 Duo 

Installed Qty 1 

CPU FSB 1333MHz 

CPU Speed E8500(3.16GHz) 

L2 Cache Per CPU 6MB 

CPU Socket Type LGA 775 

CPU Main Features 64 bit Dual Core Processor 

Graphics 

GPU/VPU Type NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 

Graphics Interface PCI Express x16 

Memory 

Memory Capacity 8GB DDR2 

Memory Speed DDR2 800 

Form Factor DIMM 240-pin 

Memory Spec 2GB x 4 

Memory Slots (Available/Total) 0/4 

Hard Drive 

HDD Capacity 500GB 

HDD Interface SATA 

HDD RPM 7200rpm 

HDD Spec SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 

Optical Drive 

Optical Drive Type DVD±RW 

Optical Drive Spec 20X DVD±R/±RW Dual Layer Drive 

Audio 

Audio Chipset Realtek ALC883 

Communications 

LAN Chipset Integrated 

LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps 

Front Panel Ports 

Front USB 2 

Front Audio Ports 2 

Back Panel Ports 

COM 1 

LPT 1 

PS/2 2 

Video Ports 2 DVI 

TV Out 1 

Rear USB 4 

Rear IEEE 1394 1 

RJ45 1 port 

Rear Audio Ports 6 ports 

S/P DIF 1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial 

Expansion 

PCI Slots (Available/Total) 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16

2 x PCI Express x1

2 x PCI Slots
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Old 05-03-2009, 03:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: What do I need the most?

The only thing that I see to upgrade would be the video card.

The rest of the build is solid. Might need a better psu depending upon what gpu you go with.

It is either gpu or build an i7 or phenom II computer.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: What do I need the most?

Definitely a new GPU and PSU, it sounds like you might want a better keyboard/mouse as well though that has a bit more to do with personal preference. You didn't list a monitor so I'll assume you're OK with that.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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OK awsome so time to go GPU hunting what do you guys think I should go with? as I got my 1000 bucks still burning a hole in my pcoket :-P I looked around and it looks like most everything is in my price range.

thanks for help guys.

If you can throw some link at me for parts that would also help me out alot. As of right now I go to newegg.com everyone tells me they are awsome.
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Newegg is the best what games do you play?

The 2 best single core gpu's are the gtx285 and ati 4890.
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Well for the most part I am a HUGE MMO player... WoW, WarHammer and EVE online and along with my MMO playing I do alot of FPS such as COD 4 and anything from the battlefield series.

Will both gtx285 and ati 4890 work with my current rig?

oh and the Moiniter I am going with is

MNTR HANNSG|LCD 27.5" 3MS HG-281DPB

Seems like a great pick for the price.
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Default Re: What do I need the most?

While that monitor is alright, you have to realize it doesn't have a DVI port. Only VGA and HDMI.

I would get this monitor: Newegg.com - ASUS MK241H Black 24" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with 1.3M Pixel Webcam 450 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 3000:1) Built in Speakers - LCD Monitors

GTX 285 will be your best bet, it will be more than overkill for MMOs.
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Newegg.com - XFX HD-489A-ZDEC Radeon HD 4890 Xtreme 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V &#47; EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W&#47;TX-2 - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

There's my suggestions. Your motherboard is not listed, so I don't know what to recommend along those lines.
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Default Re: What do I need the most?

I would recommend sticking with nVidia in this case, since he has a 750i board.

Other than that, good recommendations Trotski.
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Default Re: What do I need the most?

Completely missed the chipset/mobo. You could upgrade the mobo, too.
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