Upgrading my PC

  inmymind 09:02 07 Sep 2008

Hi all, here's my current pc setup:

INTEL® PENTIUM® D 945 (2 X 3.4GHZ) 800mhz FSB/2 x 2MB Cache
2048 MB CORSAIR DDR2-667 PC5300 - (2x1GB)
SATA II 320 GB HARD DISK @ 7200rpm 8mb cache
256MB GEFORCE 7600GT PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT
SoundBlaster X-FI Extreme Music 7.1:
500W (Peak) Super Quiet Dual Rail PSU + 120mm fan & CPU Cooler
Digital & Analogue TV Card
Dvd drives etc.

What would be the things you would upgrade on this? Wanna get into gaming a bit more, currently working my way through Command & conquer. Don't ask me what games i will be playing, not sure yet(will probably be a question on another thread!!!).


  mrwoowoo 13:32 07 Sep 2008

Depending on how serious you are about gaming,i wouldn't go too mad just yet.
I would just upgrade your graphics card.In the future when you struggle with games, such as having to play at low settings then a major upgrade may be needed.
I don't know your budget but this card will allow you to play most games at medium settings.
click here
I have taken into account your PSU in recommending this card.

  GaT7 17:29 07 Sep 2008

What's the make & model of your PSU?

If PSU is up to it, I'd say don't get anything less than a 8800GT. It'll need a 6pin PCI-E connector to power it. If your PSU doesn't have one, you can use a twin molex to 6pin PCI-E adapter cable like click here - will require 2x free molex connectors.

Ideally you'll want to upgrade the CPU too, e.g. to an Intel Core 2 Duo. But it may not be possible on your motherboard - from click here: "*Only PCB R2.0(or higher) support Intel® Core™2 processor". If it's not possible, & you have a good CPU cooler, you could overclock the CPU a bit to get better performance out of the 8800GT. G

  inmymind 19:22 08 Sep 2008

thanks guys. My first thought was upgrading the graphics card for now and you have confirmed that. Was planning to periodically upgrade parts of my PC, to spread the cost and to not have to buy a whole new one in a couple of years. Which is the best of the two cards you've mentioned?

  mrwoowoo 21:48 08 Sep 2008

The best is the 8800gt that crossbow7 recommended.
As far as value for money i would go for the 9600gt as there is only a few frames per second advantage in performance.
click here
The other issue is that the 9600gt will work with your psu,whereas the 8800gt may do.
Even with a 6pin PCI-E connector some 500w psu's have issues running it even though they should.
8800gt is better but is it worth the extra money and possible problems-your choice.
You could always buy a branded overclocked 9600gt at Scan for a bit extra.These are virtually on a par with the 8800gt.
click here

  inmymind 07:44 09 Sep 2008

so maybe it might be worth upgrading the psu, before i start making any upgrades to the pc?

  GaT7 16:21 10 Sep 2008

What's the make & model of your PSU? G

  inmymind 16:49 10 Sep 2008

will i have to open the pc case up to find that out?

  GaT7 16:53 10 Sep 2008

Yes, you will. G

  inmymind 16:55 10 Sep 2008

will have a look later. thanks

  inmymind 17:28 10 Sep 2008


so its actually 400W, not 500W. i've been had.

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