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Windows 7: What's a better upgrade?

26 Jul 2009   #1
levelchaser

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
What's a better upgrade?

what's a better upgrade for my computer which is

Gateway GT5656
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
AMD Athlon 64 X 2 6000+ 3GHz
GeForce 8600 GT 512mb
3GB ram

in the end i would either have 4GB ram (using these + the ones already in my comp: http://www.bzboyz.com/ProductDetails...6&ProdID=20223)

or instead of using the GeForce 8600 GT 512mb
using a GeForce 8600 GT 1GB:
http://cgi.ebay.com/1GB-PCIE-nVidia-...3%3A1|294%3A50

i have $60 left and i want to upgrade my computer is all


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26 Jul 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

I think you mean the 8600 1gig card right? One thing abt mixing ram it can cause randon glicthes. the ram would probably help more unless you do gaming. it depends on how you use the computer
Ken
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26 Jul 2009   #3
levelchaser

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i'm a casual gamer, yeah i'll just get the ram then
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26 Jul 2009   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by levelchaser View Post
i'm a casual gamer, yeah i'll just get the ram then
just be careful to match the specs to the ones you have now. good luck and let us know if you need help
Ken
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26 Jul 2009   #5
Spartan Erik

Vista Basic x86
 
 

Honestly I would upgrade the graphics. The difference between an 8600GT and an 8800GT is like night and day. I did that upgrade a few years back on my older machine, and man the gaming gains were great (say that five times fast)
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26 Jul 2009   #6
evo21

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Go for the RAM because:

1. The 8600GT is old and is now considered low-end (because mainstream cards are much faster now).

2. The 1GB of memory is just a marketing strategy, you won't benefit from it in a mainstream card.

3. The 1GB memory is DDR2, which is much slower than GDDR3 (which i suppose is what your 8600GT 512MB has).
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26 Jul 2009   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Guys, he wasn't thinking of upgrading to the 8800GT, he said 8600GT and linked to 8600GT. The only difference was the card he was thinking off has 1GB versus 512MB.

Personally, I would never make this upgrade. Instead, get a higher end card. A small RAM increase won't hardly be noticeable.
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