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Windows 7: Help With Upgrading My Rig

13 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Help With Upgrading My Rig

Right now I have a very bad compaq computer that my parents got when are old one broke and now I am looking to upgrade it overtime and I need some help. So far I have replaced the original graphics card with a nice new radeon 5670 and a 500 watt psu. Right now I am saving up money to upgrade my mother board, cpu, and ram. So far I am looking at newegg for some ram and motherboards and I would appreciate some suggestions for what I should be looking around for. I am planning to set my computer up for the following things: rendering in after effects, uploading, gaming (mostly starcraft 2), web browsing, and maybe dual monitors eventually. What would you recommend for these things? Right now I am thinking on getting around 8-12gb of ram and a new motherboard. I am looking at these right now: - GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

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14 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)

The motherboard is a new chipset so there is not much experience with them as far as longevity, but so far it looks good. The ram looks good also although I don't think you will benefit from more than 8GB. What CPU are you looking at, as AMD is supposed to be coming out with new ones? You my want to wait. You may either want one of the new ones or the older ones should drop in price more than they have already.
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14 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Im not really looking at any cpu's in particular right now but I will probably wait a few months to see if any prices go down on older ones. I'm in no rush to get one so waiting will be fine until something catches my eye.
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