Gaming rig for students.

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Dreamer-Boy
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Alright, I am a student. I don't have lots of money to build high-end gaming rigs. I currently have an old rig, which I can still play games on, but on medium or low settings. I'm looking for an upgrade which can enable me to keep on gaming. This is my setup:

AMD Athlon 5000 X2 @ 2.6 (Never overclocked)

2GB DDR2 RAM

HD4650

 

So, I am thinking, would I be able to play all the latest games if I go for either the 5770 or the 5830 at highest settings? If you have any upgrades to recommend, feel free to post.

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What resolution are you playing at? If it's fairly low, a 5770 would be fine.

Add another 2 gigs of RAM into your system (you have 64bit OS right?)

You should really OC that CPU. Try getting a good aftermarket heatsink.

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Currently, I am unable to overclock my CPU for two reasons. I don't know how to overclock and I am using an Acer motherboard. Could you please let me know the guide you used to learn how to overclock?

I think adding another 2GB to my current system is a waste of money as I am using DDR2. I might as well change the motherboard and maybe get a (3 X 2) GB DDR3 RAM Kit. For now, I just need a good video card to continue my gaming.

BTW, what's your rig's specs, Razear?

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i7 920

6GB DDR3 1866

GTX 295

Dreamer-Boy
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That's impressing. Where did you get that kind of money?

Razear
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Saving up for three years, not buying useless things...

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im getting amd2 X6 3.2Ghz  8Gb 2000Mhz cl9 ram, ati 5970 . what case woud you recomend ? shoud i go for big tower or middle tower ?  thanks

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Full tower if you have the money.

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Best to get a full tower if you're looking to fit a 5970....