Computer Specs. Upgrade? or Rebuild?

January 28, 2012 at 06:20:19
Specs: Windows 7
Hey guys,

My current computer build is listed below. I used to use my computer for gaming. I don't so much anymore, but with Diablo 3 coming out and some other games that have caught my eye I am wondering about my system. It has been a while since I kept up on parts and hardware. My question to you; would I be able to upgrade the video card and ram? Or do I need a complete rebuild?

Current Specs

Gigabyte 965P-DS3
Intel Core 2 Duo 6750
2 gigs of PC800
Geforce 8800GTS 640

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January 28, 2012 at 08:23:55
Just buy a new rig. Never easy anymore to try to upgrade.

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January 28, 2012 at 14:02:59
Add more RAM, overclock the CPU, & ride it out as long as you can.

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January 28, 2012 at 20:55:27
Time for a fresh build if you want latest games or for anything that is very CPU or graphics intensive. OC & add memory for general computing and light gaming would be fine.

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January 29, 2012 at 05:21:56
Thanks for the responses guys. I am starting to relise that a new build is needed. I was looking on new egg at maybe getting 4 gigs of fresh ram and the ati 6950 2gig. At a 250 dollar investment I could try it and if it was not sufficent I could always transfer the video card on to the new build. Do you guys see anything wrong with that?

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January 29, 2012 at 05:46:16
The video card could always be reused, but not the ram. You don't need fresh ram and certainly not 4 gigs unless you're running the 64 bit version. Before you buy a new card, make sure your power supply is up for the job. I would just wait until you do a new build to buy anything. Good Luck.

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January 29, 2012 at 06:53:23
You system already meets the requirements for Diablo III:

You have a great setup for overclocking, why not take advanatge of it? If you're currently running the defaults, the CPU & RAM are out of sync - CPU at 333MHz, RAM at 400MHz. 1:1 ratio will give optimal performance. Your board is capable of 1600MHz+ FSB & your CPU is capable of 3.5GHz+. Try setting the CPU Ratio at 8x, the CPU Host Freq at 400MHz & the Memory Multipler at 2.00. That will run the CPU at 3.2GHz with the CPU & RAM in sync at 400MHz.

As for the video card, if you feel you need to upgrade, keep it within reason. The HD 6950 2GB is overkill. Go for the HD 6850 1GB instead. Here's one for just $120 after 10% off code & rebate:

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January 29, 2012 at 07:15:47
I am starting to understand the general consensus is to build a new system. I do recognize that the ram could not be reused, but I feel that ram is cheap enough to count it as a loss if it improved my current system to satisfactory level until I am ready to re-build.

Yes, riider I am only using default settings. It actually never crossed my mind to set up my CPU in that way. I will do that thanks. I suppose I chose the 2gig model so that it would handle anything, but if you are saying the 1gig is just fine then that seems reasonable for the price.

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