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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Shadowdust, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. Shadowdust

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    I recently purchased one of the GTX 280 deals on Buy.com. It was quite a bit of an impulse buy. What I didn't think about when I bought it is how badly my current 939 rig will bottleneck that card. So I'm considering upgrading my CPU, Motherboard, and RAM. Unfortunately, I don't even know where to begin. I'm trying to keep a budget of about $150 give or take. I would prefer to find something with decent overclock capabilities to help produce the best bang for the buck. So what would be my cheapest performance upgrade option? Is $150 even realistic for well performing parts?
     
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    HolyCow02 New Member

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    Uhh for a $150 your limiting yourself. I mean your in essence limiting yourself to $50 for the mobo, $50 for the ram, $50 for the cpu. Personally, I don't think thats gonna happen my friend
     
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    1Kurgan1 The Knife in your Back

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    Bottlenecking is mostly benchmarking. Yes your 939 rig will not get you the max you can from that card, but your gaming performance will increase.
     
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    Maybe, but his cpu is probably already bottlenecking his 8800GT, even in gaming.
     
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    Hmm. U bought a 280 when u know it's impossible to run it w/o bottlenecks for a budget of upgrading for $150. Save up some money and then start talking.

    EDIT: Ur using MicroATX so will it even fit?
     
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    It is simple get E5200 you should be able to overclock it to 3.7 with P31 (I`v head that Gigabyte P31s are great and cheap too) and there are cheap DDR2 kits I`v read that it can buy 2 gb kit for 15$ after rebate and if keep it to WinXP should be enough in most of the cases.

    Newegg links:

    OCZ 2GB kit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227060

    GIGABYTE GA-P31-ES3G
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128356

    Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072

    165$ total
     
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    just bump up the grafics and you be okay!!!!
     
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    My Antec Solo is just big enough to handle the card. Also, the Solo is a mid-tower not a micro-atx case.

    Thanks for your suggestions. That sounds like it would boost the performance to where I would like it after checking reviews of the CPU.

    I know $150 is very little to work with but that's why I was seeking advice. I haven't stayed updated on the whole CPU thing since Socket AM2 and the Core 2 E6000 series of CPUs came out a while back so I wasn't sure what was the best bang for the buck currently. Again, thank you for all of the help thus far. I'm sure I seem like an idiot for purchasing such a powerful card for my limited system but like I said, it was an impulse buy.
     
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    I second R9's reccommendation E5200 is a great processor dead easy to achieve a decent oc on most motherboards due to the high mult.
     
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