Rebuilding my computer, need opinons

Abernathi

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Note: This kind of goes under a few categories, but I assumed that this would be the best place for the answer I need :D

-500 Watt power supply
-2 250GB Hard drives @ 7200 rpm each
- EVGA Geforce 8800 GTS 640mb edition Graphics card.
- Intel QUAD core Q9400 model @ 2.66Ghz (Cannot/Will not replace this, however it CANNOT be overclocked on this motherboard, so switching the mobo is an option)
- The Intel DG43NB Desktop Motherboard recently installed late last year (For more technical specs on the motherboard, visit http://www.intel.com/products/desktop/mo... )
- 4GB of memory 2x 2GB sticks both running at 800mhz
-Running Vista Ultimate 32-bit. Yes, I know i'm wasting my 4gb with a 32-bit OS.

Those are the specs of my computer, if needed I will supply more information. I have $425 to use on this machine to get it as best as possible, I want to run Crysis on very high, Age of Conan in DX10 at all maxed settings, and other intensive games. I was going to get a Radeon HD 4850 x2 vid card tonight but I would like some opinions on what would benefit me most. If it's not possible with the current specs/budget just tell me what will get me closest to that goal.

My initial plan was to get the vid card mentioned, (if needed buy a power supply that's suited for that card as well if mine isn't strong enough) an Asus/Gigabyte motherboard (Particularly looking for brands easy to OC), I would probably have to get new RAM for the new motherboard if I were to get it. And also a 1TB hard drive @ 7200 rpm/32mb cache.

^ Will this be the greatest choice for me to make or can I just go with the 4850 x2 and save me a couple hundred if my setup is already good enough?

Or if someone else has a better suggestion i'm open. Thanks!
 

pingofdestiny

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The GTX 9800 is also a solid card, go with the 4GB of memory, most of it will be used in some way. You might want to get a bigger PSU.