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Old 01-06-2012, 04:12 AM   #1
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Should i just buy a new card or a new PC?

Currently i got a 8800GTgot it in 2006 i think, is now artifacting in Dead Island,First time it has happened in any game and i am wondering is there any point buying a new card(Probably best seeing as i am a student) or just buying a new pc?
Any advice would be appreciated
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8800GT
4GB OCZ Ram
P5N-E SLi MOBO
Q6600
Win7 64bit
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:17 AM   #2
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New GPU. That Q6600 of yours is still a great CPU. Doubling the RAM couldn't hurt either, but that might be a little costly since DDR2 isn't produced en mass anymore.

Also, try to figure out your exact PSU specs, that could be a problem if it's not powerful enough.

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Old 01-06-2012, 04:32 AM   #3
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I'm on a similar spec (Q6600, 4GB, Win 7 X64) with a GTX460 and I can play all current games no problem so I'd advise just the GPU given your budget.
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:37 AM   #4
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Buy New GPU btw thats my plan to do heehehe i will change my e5300 to e6600 and GPU into 450 GTS anyway is that good enough to play medium setting games ? like BF3?
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:39 AM   #5
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As others have said, If you're on a limited budget, your Q6600 will last a while longer yet. If you could overclock it to 3Ghz, it would be even better. If you give us a budget and your Power Supply specs, we could recommend some choices for you

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Buy New GPU btw thats my plan to do heehehe i will change my e5300 to e6600 and GPU into 450 GTS anyway is that good enough to play medium setting games ? like BF3?
What resolution will you be playing at?
A GTX 550 ti is roughly the same price as the 450 here in the UK and is the better performer

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Old 01-06-2012, 04:48 AM   #6
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Neah, if I would be you I'll just buy another GPU. 4 Gb of memory is still enough for games now, the cpu you could overclock, let's say @3 GHz (be sure to have a very good cooling). What resolution does your monitor have? And what's your budget? And of course let us now what power supply do you have.

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Old 01-06-2012, 05:11 AM   #7
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My resolution currently goes to 1680x1050 maximum
My PSU is some Atrix 650W :S i got given it. I want a new one anyway after hearing bad stuff about mine.
For the budget i guess about £140 which is my Xmas money hehe
Thanks for the replies
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:37 AM   #8
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How many PCI-E connectors does your current Power Supply have? (the ones that plug into your graphics card)
If you're looking to upgrade the PSU as well, I'd go for something like this: http://www.cclonline.com/product/715...-Unit/PSU0275/

And then something like this for your graphics card upgrade (HD 6850): http://www.ebuyer.com/321991-powerco...p6850-1gbd5-dh

That will take you slightly over budget but if you don't have 2 X PCI-E connectors then your power supply may be a problem.

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Old 01-06-2012, 05:38 AM   #9
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The Radeon HD 6850 is comparable to a GTX460 and can be had pretty cheaply
http://www.ebuyer.com/284386-his-hd-...card-h685fn1gd
it also has lower power requirements than the GTX460
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards....=632&card2=636
which is a consideration given your PSU
and I agree that you should think about replacing that PSU before long.
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:27 AM   #10
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I think my PSU is X1 PCI-E. Any recommendation on other PSU's would be helpful
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:15 AM   #11
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I think my PSU is X1 PCI-E. Any recommendation on other PSU's would be helpful
What is the make and model #?
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