Now, I'd like to just bump it up a notch. So, first I'll start off with the equipment I do have:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz
OCZ DDR2 800 2x1GB
BFG Tech GeForce 8800GTS 512MB
EVGA nForce 780i
Corsair 750TX PSU
Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 300GB
Western Digital Caviar SE 200GB
Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP3
I wanted to upgrade my RAM to 4GB, Tiger has some nice rebates currently on memory but I'm reading that if I want to use it fully I'm going to need a 64bit OS and that windows only recognizes, at most, 3.20GB of ram as a standard. As a gamer, would I see much improvement by upgrading anymore? I was thinking of making the switch to 64bit when Windows 7 is released. Would I see much of a difference switching between 32 to 64bit? I could get a copy of vista 64 for $100~. I know practically none of my old games would run but in general would I have a lot of problems (hardware drivers/software) or would I mostly see performance gains?
Next, I was wanting to upgrade the video card. I was wondering if I should get another 8800GTS for SLI (assuming I can find one TD and NE don't carry it anymore) or would I see more performance gains upgrading to one of the newer released nvidia video cards? If you have a suggestion I welcome it, but I buy only BFG Tech I don't think I'll be spending 500 dollars on a new card, unless this is the only upgrade I do
And last, I'm curious about water cooling. Honestly, it terrifies me, but running [email protected] constantly on a quad core puts out a lot of heat, and when the door is closed to the computer room, it gets hellaciously hot quick in the summer Are there any noobie friendly water coolers but good water coolers you guys might recommend? I've love something that I can't possible screw up haha. I'm assuming this will help me with my ambient temp inside and outside the case as well as help keep the CPU abit cooler.
Edited by ADNoland, 13 March 2009 - 06:03 PM.