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#1 TheChocloMan

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 11:37 AM

Hi, I want to make my computer the best possible for Gaming. My budget is 300$ in total. What specific graphics card or memory should i buy, that are compatible, to transform this computer? Is a new motherboard necessary?

 

Dell XPS 8500

-Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
-CPU
Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.40GHz
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
-RAM
12.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (11-11-11-28) / 1600MHz
-Motherboard
Intel H77
-Graphics
DELL E198FP (1280x1024@60Hz)
1024MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 (NVIDIA)
-Hard Drives
1863GB Seagate ST2000DM001-9YN164 (SATA)
-Optical Drives
PLDS DVD+-RW DH-16ACS
-Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
 
Thanks for any help.

Edited by TheChocloMan, 19 August 2013 - 12:53 PM.


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#2 GreenGiant117

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 12:17 PM

I feel like your RAM speed is a little low (799 MHz??) you should AT LEAST be able to use 1066 if not 1333MHz, not that it will make a  HUGE difference there, you dont need to go too much higher on the video card, the 640 is a good card, if you look for a 660TI (about 275 or so) or even a 650 Boost (about 160 or so).

 

We need more information about your motherboard to make sure what RAM would be compatible with it



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 12:25 PM

Thanks, this is the link the the H77 specifications:

 

http://ark.intel.com/products/64018/



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 12:53 PM

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12.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (11-11-11-28)
 
Just looked it up "DDR3" is half, so "DDR3 @ 799MHz" means ~1600MHz


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 01:20 AM

Your system has a 460W with 2x 6pin power connector. For $300, you can get a 7950 for that price which is a high performance card but your power supply would be the issue. But if you didn't want to upgrade the power supply, then the 7870 GHZ Edition would work nicely in your system and give a large increase in game performance.


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 02:32 PM

Ok i understand, thanks killerx!




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