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Looking to upgrade, not sure where to start.


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#1 Jake422

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 09:56 PM

Hey everyone, I'm very much a noob to computer upgrading. So please bare with me. I'm looking to upgrade my computer for gaming. I pretty much use it for internet browsing and gaming. Probably the most demanding game I'm looking to prepare for is Shogun 2 Total War. Here's what I have now:

Intel CoreDuo @ 2.4 E4600
Asus P5LD2 MB with Intel 945P express chipset
2GB of DDR2 RAM
Antec Sonata-3 500w case
Palit GTS 250 1Gb card
Windows XP

I've only done a few hours of research on this, but I'm thinking upgrading the MB, CPU, RAM and to Windows 7. The problem is I don't know what to get. I have about a $400 budget or so. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 10:13 PM

Motherboard
Processor
Ram

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 11 March 2011 - 10:20 PM

Wow, thanks for your response killerx525! Do you think that just upgrading those three things, plus Windows 7 are all I need to do? Upgrade power supply? The only reason I would upgrade to Windows 7 from XP is myself, and a local computer tech, couldn't get the GTS 250 card to work with my current setup. He said it wasn't compatible with XP.

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 11:58 PM

It is compatiable with windows xp, here is the driver. Your current graphics card can play the Shogun 2 total war.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:08 AM

The whole reason I bought the card was because it was compatible with XP. With every type of driver update we came across, it kept making my computer and Windows crash. He had my computer for almost five months trying to figure it out. It was really odd. But thank you for your information. I really appreciate it. Maybe I'll give those drivers a shot. I'm afraid having Windows not boot up again.

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:16 AM

If it does crashes you can always roll back your driver.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:16 AM

I would upgrade to Windows 7, if only to get DirectX 10 support for Shogun, and DirectX 11 when the patch is available. I do have an alternate build from AMD:

Motherboard: MSI 870S-G54 AM3 AMD 870 - A basic AMD AM3 motherboard. This allows for AM3 CPU, DDR3-1333, USB 3.0, SATA 6, and Crossfire with two graphics cards. $99

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Six-Core Desktop Processor - This is pretty much as powerful as the CPU suggested above, but with one difference, it has six cores. If you do any media encoding, the additional two cores will be a benefit, otherwise, it will be nearly the same performance as the i5. $199

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - This is a single 4GB stick of DDR3-1333 memory. Remember, you need a 64-bit operating system (Windows 7, perhaps) to utilize 4GB or more of RAM. $39

Total Price: $340

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:20 AM

I would upgrade to Windows 7, if only to get DirectX 10 support for Shogun, and DirectX 11 when the patch is available. I do have an alternate build from AMD:

Motherboard: MSI 870S-G54 AM3 AMD 870 - A basic AMD AM3 motherboard. This allows for AM3 CPU, DDR3-1333, USB 3.0, SATA 6, and Crossfire with two graphics cards. $99

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Six-Core Desktop Processor - This is pretty much as powerful as the CPU suggested above, but with one difference, it has six cores. If you do any media encoding, the additional two cores will be a benefit, otherwise, it will be nearly the same performance as the i5. $199

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - This is a single 4GB stick of DDR3-1333 memory. Remember, you need a 64-bit operating system (Windows 7, perhaps) to utilize 4GB or more of RAM. $39

Total Price: $340

I usually use Gigabyte motherboards.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:25 AM

Thanks DJB, I like that setup. It also saves me a little towards upgrading Windows. With looking at my current setup, or any additional info you need, is there anything else I need to do or get? My biggest concern, since I really don't know much, is compatibility with everything.

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:33 AM

If your looking for pure gaming then it is the Intel setup but if you are looking for saving money and encoding then it is the AMD setup although it's actually not to bad to do some gaming using a AMD setup.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:41 AM

Both AMD and Intel are good for gaming, it just depends on the kind of gamer you are, the games you play, and your GPU. Everything else with the build looks fine, you will need to reinstall Windows however. You can get Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit for a reasonable price at Newegg. As for which motherboard to get, many usually choose, Asus, Gigabyte, or MSI.

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:46 AM

In my opinion Asus motherboards were designed for high performance whereas Gigabyte is the high quality of the motherboard.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 01:11 AM

I would of replied earlier, but those Nvidia drivers made Windows freeze while it was loading. I'll end up going with one of these setups and Windows 7. Also, I'll most likely have someone with more knowledge than myself install all of the parts. Much appreciated guys!

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 01:13 AM

You could invest in a ATI graphics card.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 01:20 AM

I'll stick with this card for now. If for some reason it doesn't work after upgrading my computer, and I have some more money, I'll look into one. But I bought the card, and haven't even been able to use it. So I'd like to give it a shot with an upgraded system.




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