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Here's my PC: http://h10010.www1.h...3-81048011.html

The keyboard and such I can't really see mattering all too much, so the specs on the inside of the computer really shouldn't have changed since I purchased it; haven't opened it up for anything.

It's running Windows 7 Home Edition (upgraded from the given Vista), and runs World of Warcraft at an amazing speed of 10-20 FPS! (*sarcasm end*)

I had a graphics card in mind, before the upgrade to Windows 7, but it got lost in the transition. Would anybody care to suggest a graphics card that would work with my system? (between $80-$130 is what I'm looking at; I'm assuming something in that range could pull off ~60 FPS max settings in WoW according to another friend's card and PC)

I plan on also buying 2 GB worth of RAM to add on as well. If the sticks I buy for that matter, it'd be awesome if somebody could suggest some for that as well.

In case you can't tell, I'm completely clueless when it comes to hardware.

EDIT: Somebody just suggested to me a 9800 GTX; which, based on reviews, looks mighty fine. Any comments on this? And still looking for some RAM help.

Edited by Dude45342, 29 March 2010 - 02:19 PM.

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I agree, I think you'd be pretty happy with a 9800GTX+. HERE

As far as the memory goes, HERE

Accoring to Crucial.com (a reliable source when consulting memory upgrades) your computer does NOT require that you using all matching pairs. Some computers have trouble with this. However, if you want to support dual channel memory and have it set to that in the BIOS, then you should buy 2 of the kits above to get the 4gb. See? Dual Channel is better. Here is a quote from them...

Q: Do I have to install matching pairs?

A: No.

No, you can install modules one at a time, and you can mix different densities of modules in your computer. But if your computer supports dual-channel memory configurations, you should install in identical pairs (preferably in kits) for optimal performance.


If for any reason you don't like the brand Crucial... all of these will work... http://www.newegg.co...st....82 x 1GB)

Hope that helps, and feel free to ask questions. :)

Edited by Ferrari, 29 March 2010 - 11:12 PM.

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I agree, I think you'd be pretty happy with a 9800GTX+. HERE

As far as the memory goes, HERE

Accoring to Crucial.com (a reliable source when consulting memory upgrades) your computer does NOT require that you using all matching pairs. Some computers have trouble with this. However, if you want to support dual channel memory and have it set to that in the BIOS, then you should buy 2 of the kits above to get the 4gb. See? Dual Channel is better. Here is a quote from them...

Q: Do I have to install matching pairs?

A: No.

No, you can install modules one at a time, and you can mix different densities of modules in your computer. But if your computer supports dual-channel memory configurations, you should install in identical pairs (preferably in kits) for optimal performance.


If for any reason you don't like the brand Crucial... all of these will work... http://www.newegg.co...st....82 x 1GB)

Hope that helps, and feel free to ask questions. :)

Thanks a bunch for the response! :) I ended up buying these two things:

- The 9800 GTX (http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130339)

- And a GSkill RAM kit (http://www.newegg.co...1-098-_-Product)
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You are very welcome. :)
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