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Old 01-01-2011, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Alienware aurora, 500 watt powersystem, windows 7


Intel Core i5 650 3.2GHz (4MB Cache)
3GB DDR3 at 1333MHz (Want to upgrade to 6GB)
Single ATI 5670, 1GB GDDR5 (want a 57hundred series or better)
500GB - SATA-II 3Gb/s 7200RPM, 16MB Cache HDD

I just ordered this for x-mass. I am worried that the i5 is gonna ruin the performance on this computer if i ever want to upgrade the graphics card? Is the i7 really that much more worth it? Will it effect graphics/FPS (i play World of Warcraft)

I am hoping that this computer will bring me 70 fps if not more regularly and 50ish fps in really crowded places such as orgrimmar/or Wotlk dalaran when it was the hub so to speak.

If i was to upgrade to i7 would dell let me number 1 and will the 500watt power supply be enough for it? And with the i5 are the graphics being bottlenecks as it is or do i have room to upgrade to a 57 hundred series? Whats the highest series ati you would stick in this thing?

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Old 01-01-2011, 11:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The i5 is good for gaming especially if you overclock it to about 4GHz. the ram upgrade should be fine with a 500wt psu however i think you would be taking a BIG risk upgrading the graphics card with that psu. i also noticed that you said it is an Alienware and i would recommend that you do not change anything until the warranty is over, but thats your choice.

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Can you cancel the order? First of all the i5 series is dual channel so you should buy RAM modules in multiples of two (2GB, 4GB, 8GB). Second you're buying a CPU with a integrated GPU and a external GPU... since you're not using the integrated GPU get the i5 760 for a few more bucks, it's a true quadcore. With that PSU and with both CPU, i5 760 or i5 650, you will be able to upgrade the GPU.

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Ya I agree if you can cancel it. Either order according to farinha ^ or build your own.

I say build one.
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