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audiotaxi

upgrading- priorities?

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Hi all

 

I have esstablished a budget of around $7-800, and want to upgrade some hardware.

 

Here's my current specs:

 

i7 2660 @ 3.4gHz   (non "K" so I can't OC it)  

Gigabyte H77- D3H-     also not OC friendly due to the H77 chipset..

Ge Force GT420 1Gb ram

8Gb DDR3 1333 RAM

 

I think I know this much: I need a "K" series CPU and a mobo capable of OC (Z77 set seems good bang for the buck?)

 

I know the GT420 is low end, but seems capable enough given the CPU dependence of FSX?

 

Finally, if I get a new CPU and Mobo, do I need to ditch the RAM I have? Is it a noticable bottleneck?  I'm reluctant to, because I only added the extra 4Gb a short while back.

 

Thanks for any advice.

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