Just wanted to get a few opinions of the following upgrades here for the system that's in my sig:
Gigabyte GA-EP41-UD3L ATX LGA775
Gigabyte GA-EP41-UD3L ATX LGA775 [dv-MGI100] - $122.05 : UEC Digital Store, The Art of E-commerce
Graphics card, ($305.00)
XFX Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
XFX Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 XFX Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 [VIXFX48701GB] - NZ$305.00 : PC Force Ltd, Computer Superstore
Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C5 4GB (2x XMS2 2GB) PC-6400 (800MHz) DDR
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Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz Processor with Original Fan and Heatsink
PCOnlineShop.co.nz - $172.85+GST Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz Processor with Original Fan and Heatsink
For a monitor, it's between these two:
Viewsonic VX2423W 24 1920x1080 5ms DVI 20000:1 LCD
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BENQ T2200HD 22" Wide LCD Gloss Black DVI Full HD 1080P 5ms 16:9
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Main reason I'd think about going with the BenQ is because of a friend's recommendation, but also the price difference there. But if I got a good recommendation for the Viewsonic, I'd really prefer going with a 24" to be honest.
Only issue I could think of with these main parts though would be my PSU. Do you think 550W is enough? The 4870 supposedly only needs 450W, so do you think I should be okay? Would really like to not have to upgrade my PSU, as that would put a $200+ dent in my budget of $1000. Also, sorry about all the random sites, wish we had a New Zealand equivalent of Newegg, but sadly not. If you have ideas to change something out in my build, just check out pricespy.co.nz if you're keen to help me out.
Thanks a lot.
EDIT: Also, been out of keeping up with tech here for awhile, just wondering if there's any future advances right around the corner I should know about before upgrading? Only asking, because when I built my original rig 3 or so years ago, I did it just as Core 2 Duos came out and yea.. wasn't very happy, haha.