What should I do?

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Diesel_Power
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Hey guys, I'm stumped as to what I should do for my next upgrade. I have two options here.

First I'll give you my PC's current specs:

-video card, EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 896mb
-motherboard, ASUS PSQ Pro (not compatible with i5, i7, etc.)
-power supply, BFG 550watts
-processor, Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHZ (I don't OC)
-heat sink fan, Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Direct Touch 3 heat pipe
-memory, 4GB of G.SKILL DDR2-1000 (I don't know much about ram)
-Vista 64bit Premium Home edition

I built this computer back in December 2008.

My first option is to not do a complete upgrade but max out my motherboard. I want to get a 4 core cpu (LGA775). This way I save money and not have to buy a new motherboard or heat sink fan. I also don't overclock. It's too risky for me and I can't babysit my computer's temps long enough to make sure I don't do anything wrong.

I was also thinking of getting faster memory. Any suggestions?

Would I notice any difference in my games performance with these upgrades? Will I need a stronger PSU?

My second option is to do a completely new i7, DirectX 11 system. Obviously that would cost more money.

Also I'm thinking of getting this case,
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=41960&promoid=1084

Some people are telling me this case is iffy on air cooling and prefers water cooling. Wouldn't air cooling be alright if I installed three exhaust fans at the top? It sucks in air from the bottom.

Tiv
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Overall you have a nice mid-level computer here that should provide enough speed for anything I can think of today. I can't think of any one thing that would greatly improve your current system. DX11 is not really a requirement just yet, maybe in a years time. Alot of people are waiting to see what Nvidia will come out with this year. If you go with i7 you will need a complete new system. I think Intel is focused on i5 most of this year.

i7 (whatever you can buy)
750watt PSU
Windows 7 64-bit
6GB DDR3 Tri Kit Memory
Intel SSD for OS and WD 1TB for game/pr0n storage.

As for that case I hate having my PSU on the bottom of the case.

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undeadkingpr
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Well that case is just too expensive honestly if you are concerned about $. Haf 922 is just fine for $65 after rebate when on sale.
Ya with that system you should be perfectly fine for atleast a year. Almost no games use 4 cores or DX11 and this will be the case for some time yet. I would advise you to hold down the fort for a while yet atleast until GF100 comes out (nvidia dx11).

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Diesel_Power
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You guys are right. I'm going to hold on to this system for a little longer, but I still need a new case. I hate my Antec 900 because it has no cable management holes.

The Obsidian800D is probably too big and pricey for me. I'm looking at that Tempest Evo that Rodney just recently reviewed. I want a case with good cable management. I'm also thinking of getting a 750watt corsair modular PSU to help out with the cable management.

If I can improve my cable management then I'll improve my air flow and I may consider OCing my CPU a little bit. I was told that with my heat sink I should be able to clock it up to 3.6GHZ with no sweat.

It'll be my first time over clocking. You guys know of any good beginners guides?

Hilmar
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Im not sure about your mobo, and what dimms you use right now, but a RAM upgrade would be the fastest easiest and cheapest when you need it.
If you have 2x2 and your mobo will support 4x2

undeadkingpr
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Himlar-Well 4 gigs is plenty for his needs right now
Disel-I would still advise HAF 922 over EVO-it got GREAT cable management+good airflow+goodsize+good price.
I would just google got a guide-OC'ing is not that hard with good MB's.

Hilmar
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Yea HAF 922 is nice, got it myself :)

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HAF 922 is really nice, i just got it for my brothers PC and it is ALMOST tool-less design. i love it!

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