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 Post subject: Need Help Upgrading: Gamer
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:13 pm 
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Hello everyone!

I am looking to upgrade my XPS 630i computer to restore it from its former glory to be able to play the most modern games with ease.

I am a -complete newb- at upgrading and am actually kind of afraid to break anything inside!

My budget is roughly around $500, but this is a mid to long-term goal of mine so I am flexible. If it takes working and saving more to afford a substantial upgrade, then I am willing to wait and work harder!

Here are my system stats to help: (Via PC Wizard)

Operating System: Windows Vista 32-Bit
Motherboard: Dell Inc 0PP150
Chipset: nVidia nForce 650i SLI SPP
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2400 Mhz
Physical Memory: 4GB (4 x 1024 DDR2 - SDRAM)
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series x 2 (Crossfire)

I heard that the first step would be to upgrade to 64-bit OS, but then I'm not sure where to go from there!

Thanks so much in advance everyone!

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Operating System: Windows Vista 32-Bit
Motherboard: Dell Inc 0PP150
Chipset: nVidia nForce 650i SLI SPP
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2400 Mhz
Physical Memory: 4GB (4 x 1024 DDR2 - SDRAM)
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series x 2 (Crossfire)


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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Upgrading: Gamer
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:51 am 
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Just my 2 cents, but if you're willing to wait and save a bit more, you can build a pretty nice Sandy Bridge system for around $800-900 (which includes beefier gfx card).

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 Post subject: Re: Need Help Upgrading: Gamer
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:58 am 
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Upgrade to Sandy Bridge :!:

The following is based on NewEgg's prices:
Nice Quality Mobo - $160
CPU - $215 (i5 2500k)
4GB OF 1600MHz Ram - $30 (GSkill Ripjaxs X)
Windows 7 OEM - $100

This totals $504 :!: Now all you have to do is save up and buy a AMD/ATI 6850/6870 at minimum and buy a 2nd gpu later for Crossfire or save up and get ready for AMD/ATI 7000 series in January 2012 :!:

A single AMD/ATI 6850 out performs dual 3870s and only cost roughly $160 to $180 :!: Now that's a real nice Sandy Bridge base rig for $664 to $680 with plenty of upgrade space for the future :thumbup:

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