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termz
26-09-2008, 09:10 PM
Not sure if i should be posting this here but i need some help deciding some upgrade decisions

Specs

Excel ATX-400W
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+ 2.1GHz
NVIDIA Sparkle GeForce 8600 GT 512mb ddr2
2GB ram

Basicly all i need my computer is for games and im thinking of upgraded by its poor performances in bioshock without even being on high settings, i known my computer is let down somewhere i just cant decide if its my cpu or gpu, i dont no how much cpu effects games but i no that mine could use a upgrade and my graphics card is a bad brand and the ddr2 version, just dont no which to upgrade and to would make my games faster

SolMiester
26-09-2008, 10:48 PM
Gaming performance will lay largely on the resolution v gpu power, so 1st question if you are on a budget, is native res for LCD or optimum res for CRT.
What do you have?

pctek
27-09-2008, 08:32 AM
Excel ATX-400W
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+ 2.1GHz
NVIDIA Sparkle GeForce 8600 GT 512mb ddr2


Basicly all i need my computer is for games

All 3 of the above. Which would mean changing the motherboard too. Intel out-performs AMD these days.

In order of importance:
Graphics
PSU (because the GPU will need it)
CPU

termz
27-09-2008, 11:54 AM
Gaming performance will lay largely on the resolution v gpu power, so 1st question if you are on a budget, is native res for LCD or optimum res for CRT.
What do you have?

I have a viewsonic 17" inch LCD which im told is meant to run on 1280x1024 but if i play on that i have to put the graphics on low to get decent gameplay

I am on a bit of a budget of around 350, so not too keen geting a new motherboard, ASUS M2N-E SLI is the one i have now

k if i were to get a new graphics card ive been thinking of upgrading to 8800gt or 9800gt but ive been told they have a high power supply usage so i would have to upgrade my PSU as well is that true

almightynugget
27-09-2008, 01:31 PM
k if i were to get a new graphics card ive been thinking of upgrading to 8800gt or 9800gt but ive been told they have a high power supply usage so i would have to upgrade my PSU as well is that true.......

..... I am on a bit of a budget of around 350....

Yes you will need a minimum of 500W.

"nVidia 8800GT 512MB PCI-E DVI-I graphics card retail box" was listed here at ETC Computers for $219.38 including gst on 27th Sep 03:39" - http://www.pricespy.co.nz/c_56.html?d=11782

"Enermax 535W ATX PSU EG565P-VE SFMA" was listed here at OCZone for $138.62 including gst on 27th Sep 05:01" - http://www.pricespy.co.nz/c_532.html?d=5452

$7.00 more than ur budget. not too bad eh?

termz
27-09-2008, 07:10 PM
yea thanks man appreciate the effort ill look into it should be a help if not, would u recommend geting a cheap extra coolin on cpu and overclocking it