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Shibumi

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Hi! My name is Orange and I need help with upgrading my computer for Battlefield 3. I don't know that much about computers, so I came here :)
I was wondering if I should get a GeForce GTX 460 or a GeForce GTX 580 and a brand new power supply. I have almost $2000 to spend on these upgrades.

Here are my basic computer specifications:

OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 620 Processor (4 CPUs) ~ 2.6GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Graphics Card: DirectX 11 ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
Graphics Card Memory (Approx): 1915MB
Hard Drive: 682GB
Power Supply: 300W

If you need more information about my computer.
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Or I can just get a Alienware Aurora R3 desktop.

Thank you so much!
Sincerely, Shibumi
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phillpower2

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Hi Shibumi :)
Couple of suggestions for you;
Video Card: http://www.newegg.co...0-611-_-Product
PSU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139010
Combo deal: http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.671904


Edit: I do not think that you need to consider spending $1200 + on an Aurora R3 save your cash for the future.

Edited by phillpower2, 19 June 2011 - 05:36 AM.

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iammykyl

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Info.

> http://www.guru3d.co...s-spring-2011/2
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Shibumi

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Thank you for your suggestions! Geeks to go really is amazing :3
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phillpower2

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You are welcome, let us know what you decide on or if we can assist in any way :)
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Just a heads up... make sure your current tower has enough fans to keep the pc cool enough with the added graphics. I learned the hard way that my case itself couldnt support the upgrade because it wasnt getting sufficient airflow. Ended up frying a few parts. One little 90mm fan on the back wasnt enough.
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I was looking at a unboxing video of the power supply, and it looked pretty larger than my 300W power supply in my computer. Am I being mistaken, or do I need to find a new case?
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Measure how much room you have in the case + the size of the present PSU then compare the dimensions of any potential purchase to make sure it will fit, suppliers such as Newegg make this easy as when you click on the details tab it lists the dimensions, for example Dimensions 5.9"(W) x 3.4"(H) x 7.09"(L)
Modular PSUs are easier to work with because you only attach the cables that you require, helpful if you have a smaller case.
Do not replace your case if you are happy with it as there are many smaller good quality PSUs available just let us know what size we need to keep in mind and we can make some suggestions for you.
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