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4yr old PC: Upgrade for game performence


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eggsterr

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My main purpose to upgrade is to play video games at full potential. At the moment I'm playing Heroes of Newerth w/o problems, Aion is lagging/slow fps rendering, I want to try new Diablo 3, and Heroes of Might Magic VI

Could you guys suggest possible options for minor upgrade?

As of right now I'm thinking doubling RAM with same 2x2 sticks $60 but I have no idea what to do with VGA

- get similar speed VGA to SLI for <$100? No experience with SLI, I was told would drain more power, better get 1 new video card.

- Replace with $100~200 nVidia 550 Ti Fermi from MSI or EVGA? Should it be 192/256-bit+ 1GB+?

What other details to look at? Will every new graphic card be compatible with my old mobo? Should I consider something newer?

Finally, if you have better options for me on what specific cards to get or if to focus on upgrading something else, please share your opinions.

Thank you so much!

Currently I have:

AMD 2.2GHz Quad-Core (Details)

Corsair 4GB Ram 2x2GB(Details)

EVGA nVidia 9600 GT 512mb 256-bit 700Mhz(Details)

ASUS motherboard (Details)

powered by hec 750W (Details)

ASUS 27" Monitor 1920 x 1080 Details

Also, HDTV that I mirror as second monitor for movies.
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:welcome: eggsterr

Sorry for the delay in you receiving a reply.

Couple of questions for you so that we can advise you correctly regarding the Ram and video card;
What operating system are you using as this will determine the amount of Ram that you can have as for example XP 32-bit will not recognise any more than 4GB of Ram.

What type of case do you have, full tower, mid tower, SFF (small form factor) this is important as some add on cards are too large for the smaller sized cases meaning that you would need a low profile type card.

A 1GB 256-bit add on card would be your best option.
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Windows 7 64-bit, Full tower.
I've ordered a VGA already, as I was advised to save money for new cpu/mobo/ram as mu current CPU will bottleneck newer GPUs.
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked for $90

1024MB Memory
PCI-E 2.0 16x
867Mhz GPU Clock Speed
4050Mhz Memory Clock Speed
NVIDIA SLI ready
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I was only aware of you requiring suggestions for a video card so is that all that you require to purchase at present.

Good price for your card as the basic card at Newegg is $119.99 after mail in rebate.
Card benchmark http://www.videocard...GeForce GTX 460
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