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Upgrading My Comp, Should I Do It?

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#1 Murderdolls


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Posted 07 May 2008 - 11:36 PM

Well to start things off, here are my specs, and some thoughts.

HP Media Center m8120n
3 Gigs of RAM *not sure on the RAM specs, but i haven't had trouble with it yet*
Intel Core 2 Quad Core - 2.4ghz Q6600
Nvidia 7950GT - Believe it's the 256 version not sure. 567mhz Core clock, 715mhz Memory clock.
400 Watt Dynex power supply
Not sure what Mobo is in it, factory mobo

At the moment i am thinking of upgrading to a 500-550 Watt PSU, an 8800GT and possibly a fan or two to fit in the free VGA slots if i can find some. I need some suggestions though, right now with my 7950GT do you think i am all right or do you think i NEED to upgrade? I am planning on playing Age of Conan when it releases *i am currently in open beta* i get around 64 FPS on high with shaders at 2.0 and bloom off, but i get some funky stalling when i pan the camera or if i begin to move it will drop to about 40-45 then suddenly drop to 10-20 and will lag significantly also, when idle i run at 70 degrees celcius but after playing for a little while, i'll Alt+Tab out to Nvidia monitor and it will be running at about 85-90 celcius. It usually drops from there but i feel that this is a dangerous temp. I would love some input from you guys thanks a ton!

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#2 garmanma


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Posted 08 May 2008 - 08:21 AM

possibly a fan or two to fit in the free VGA slots

Slot fans are used in the PCI slot, not AGP
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#3 Sneakycyber


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Posted 10 May 2008 - 07:10 PM

85-90 Celsius is very dangerous territory. Your going to cook your GPU. Thats why your loosing frame rates. Is The card overclocked? What brand is it?
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