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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 87209 22-Jul-2011 13:57
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Hi guys

I got my desktop in mid 2008 and haven’t touched it since. My knowledge is very limited in this area, just wondering if there are any shortcomings now that it’s 3 years old?


Comments / suggestions would be most helpful, I hope I’ve got all the important bits listed below-


Intel i7 CPU 920 @2.67 GHz

Gigabyte EX58-UD3R

6 gig Corsair DDR3 1600mhz RAM

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275

1T hard drive


Running on 64 bit Windows Vista.  Am thinking I will upgrade this to Windows 7.


Thanks heaps

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  Reply # 496717 22-Jul-2011 14:13
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Without knowing what you plan to use the pc for its hard to say.. Looks pretty solid to me, if you said you wanted to play Metro 2033 etc or Battlefield 3 when it comes out, i would tell you that you will need to upgrade that graphics card. Other than that no it looks fine.

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  Reply # 496726 22-Jul-2011 14:21
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Yup, it's all good to me. You may change your memory sticks to higher GB, if you like.

A New VCard would also be a good thing to move up if you're planning to play those upcoming games that garvani said.

If you don't mind me asking...what PSU are you running as of the moment?


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  Reply # 496731 22-Jul-2011 14:25
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Definitely upgrade to Windows 7

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 496747 22-Jul-2011 14:41
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Fantastic, thanks guys.  The PC is used for gaming, browsing and watching videos.  

BF3 is on pre order- so I will look at getting a new video card.  Any recomendations? I don't mind spending the money on a decent one if its worth it and it future proofs me but don't want to pay more than I have to.   

Re the PSU, I will have to check when I get home- I can't remember.

I will get windows 7 too- at the moment, computer lounge / mighty ape seem to have it for ~$185- Do you know of any better deals out there?

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  Reply # 496762 22-Jul-2011 15:06
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derekzoolander: Any recomendations? I don't mind spending the money on a decent one if its worth it and it future proofs me but don't want to pay more than I have to.   

What size and resolution screen eg: 24" 1920x1080? 


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  Reply # 496764 22-Jul-2011 15:11
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Ragnor: What size and resolution screen eg: 24" 1920x1080? 


Haha good guess- bang on, 24 inch and 1920 x 1080

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  Reply # 497252 24-Jul-2011 04:38
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The best bang for buck with good performance in that resolution is the AMD Radeon 6950 or Nvidia Geforce 560Ti.

These are ~$350-400

But... since you mention BF3 which of course has unknown performance requirements atm, you might be better off going for 1 model up eg: Radeon 6970 or Geforce 570.

These are ~$500-600, so bit of a price jump

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