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#1 xydrothedusk

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:28 PM

current computer specs are as follows:

comp: HP Pavilion Media Center m8330f Desktop
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9500 2.2GHz
Motherbored: Asus M2N68-LA
Ram: 1GBx2 & 512MBx2
Storage 2x 320 WD HD SATA
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GT430 1gb dedicated memory
Sound: Integrated Realtek ALC888S Audio
Power Supply: 300W
case: mid sized ATX


need to replace my graphics card to begin with, things not working, computer is at least 4 yrs old, how much ram can i upgrade it with. specific suggestions as far as what to replace the graphics card with, and if i should replace anything else would be much appreciated

would like to stay away from Nividia, but will consider any suggestions

preferably kept somewhat cost effective, please include general price of hardware.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 02:27 AM

Is there a reason for a upgrade?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 03:36 PM

mostly gaming and general use. also should i look into case mods like more fans if the computer runs for long periods of time?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 04:21 PM

Ram: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - $57- Makes the total ram to 4GB.

Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W - $70 - You will need a new power supply to power up the graphics card.

GPU: MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB - $260 - This card is a high end card from AMD and it should be able to run your games optimally while having a impressive cooler.

It's not necessary to mod your case for more fans.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:10 PM

can u also suggest another tv/monitor i can get, preferably 27in with HDMI and composite hookups so i can hook up my ps2 or n64 without buying another tv,

cnet review says my pc has multimedia functionality
tvtuner typer digital and analog tv
analog tv system NTSC
Digital TV Reception ATSC
Radio Tuner typer FM Radio

is there free software that will alow me to plug my ps2/n64 up to my tower and see the game? and where do i find?

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:41 PM

if i can upgrade my windows 7 to 64 bit, what are the applicable benefits of maxing out my ram (8GB)

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:59 PM

and just for future referance, how reliable is water cooling systems, like chance of breaking and frying computer or any other problems

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:56 PM

Finding a 27" monitor with composite is not possible. Well, upgrading the to 8GB could allow you to run more programs simultaneously. Water cooling systems can be reliable depending on the setup you go for but it's not necessary to go with water cooling since they are mostly used for high overclocks on the CPU or GPU.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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