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With BF3 on the horizon, updates are (severely) needed.

Getting an extra 4gb of ram. No problems there.
But videocards im way out of date. Currently using a Nvidia 8400 gs ($12 bargain ;))
I sort of want to stick with nvidia rather than going over to radeon, because nvidia just seems to work for me.

So what sort of specs should I look for in a videocard?
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Ok, well quite conveniently my PSU died, so ill have to replace that too.
Currently thinking of a setup like this:

What I already have:
-Asus M3N72-D Motherboard
-AMD athlon 2.8ghz dual core processor (cant remember more than that without turning my computer on)
-250gb seagate hardrive
-nvidia 8400gs (replacing)
-2x 1GB sticks of Corsair RAM

What im thinking of getting unless someone can convince me otherwise:

Antec HCG 750W PSU
Corsair 650W PSU


2gb Corsair RAM

budget is flexible somewhat between $300-$500 AUSD (pretty much the same as USD$)
Not sure if im on the right track to it all, but any advice helps.
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There are alot of things to consider and the 1st being how much $$$ are you willing to spend. Here is a link from Nvidia and what they say of BF3..

http://www.geforce.com/GamesandApps/games/battlefield-3/GPUAnalyzer - What you have

http://www.geforce.com/GamesandApps/games/battlefield-3/SystemRequirements - What is recommended.

Steve-O asked great questions for the rest of the hardware and one thing to remember is do you want to upgrade or add additional GPU's in the future. for example i run a 1000PSU so i can add a second GPU.

I buy all my stuff at Newegg .. they have the best deals on everything.

** Another thing to remember is a video card can be bottle necked by a CPU / Motherboard so make sure your up to date there.. Lookin at your board and CPU you are going to have the bottle neck issue. i Know this becuase i run similar hardware to you. I just ordered a Core i7 CPU, board, and RAM to fix that issue. MY GPU is a GTX580 and my FPS suck from the rest of the system.

Its hard to buy everything for a low budget get major parts first then work into the cheaper things..

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Money isnt too much of an issue, its more about me not knowing anything about up to date processors, motherboards, videocards or other related stuff.

Newegg seems alot cheaper than the local sites im using for basic pricing, but im sure shipping would cut down a bit of that.
Any good Aus sites you know of steve-o?

So for building a whole computer, where would be the best place to start? PSU or CPU/MB?
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A high spec PC will also lower your ping.....

A few suppliers here who are reasonable and the stuff they sell is all good:

Melbourne, Vic http://www.pccasegear.com/

Perth, WA http://www.austin.net.au/

Perth, WA http://www.ple.com.au/

Freight shouldn't be too bad even from Perth. Not sure where you are though.

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A couple of ideas:



and if money really isn't an issue:




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I can spec out a whole PC for you if you want....... pm me and let me know.....

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