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#1 rob121

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:46 AM

hello,

i'm looking to upgrade my computer so i can play high end games
i have a budget of 500 (can go to 800 but don't really want to)

here is the specs for my current computer
processor: AMD phenom II X 4 850 processor 3.30GHZ
installed memory: 8.00GB
(64 bit OS)
sound card: HD audio
tower: zalman z9 plus

i would like the upgrades to fit in my current tower but would consider other options
let me know if you need any other info thanks.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:09 AM

Which power supply model do you have which motherboard?

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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
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:19 AM

oh i thought i added the mother board,

its: asutek computer inc
m5a78l-m/usb3

i haven't got time to take my computer apart to get power supply right now but what power supply do you recommend?

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:41 AM

The power power supply needed varies mostly on the graphics card you choose. A general rule I follow is, get a 550W power supply or better for one graphics card, 750W for two cards, and more if you plan on overclocking the cards or the PC. That said, what kind of games do you play or want to play? You don't want to get a super high-end card if you don't need it.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 11:46 AM

i play lots of strategy games like total war and command and conquer. do you have any suggestions to upgrade it to this level?

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:41 PM

I would get either a Radeon 7950 or a GeForce GTX 660, they are a great value to performance. However, I suggest you have at least a 550W PSU.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 01:20 AM

thanks for the advice. is that all i would need to make it play high end games or would i need to upgrade more?

if someone can give me a list of everything i need then that would be good

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 01:26 AM

Only the power supply and graphics needs to be upgraded apart from that, everything else in your system is perfectly fine.

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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 24 August 2012 - 01:38 AM

OK thanks that's good to know! it really struggles at the moment with some games so it must be the graphics card. which do you think is the best Radeon 7950 or GeForce GTX660?
also can i buy any PSU or does it have to be only certain ones?

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:16 AM

Based on reviews i've read on the 660TI against the 7950, at lower resolutions (1920 x 1200 or lower)the 660TI beats the 7950 in most games whereas the 7950 performs better at larger resolution like 2560 x 1600+. Also the 660TI is a lot more power efficient then the 7950 due to the Keplar architecture. With power supplies, you would want one that is high quality as those "cheap" ones usually are inefficient and could blow up when the computer is at load. Brands you should have a look is Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, Enermax, Sliverstone and some models of Coolermaster.

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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
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 03:21 AM

iv just looked at my psu and its 650watt so it looks like i just need to get the GTX 660. thanks to all who helped me out you have been a big help!

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:17 AM

In comparing the GeForce GTX 660 and Radeon 7950, given those performance differences at varying resolutions, don't expect an extreme difference in performance between the two. Some games do show larger performance gaps between the two, sometimes the 7950 is more powerful, sometimes it is the GTX 660. Also, in regards to power efficiency, the 660 is indeed more power efficient, albeit slightly. Don't expect a huge delta between the two cards. In other words, the GTX 660 is often a better card, but if you can find a good deal on a Radeon 7950, you can go with that and get nearly the same performance.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 04:16 AM

iv been looking at both video cards and there both about 225 each do you know anywhere that sells them cheaper? if not ill buy the one im looking at.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 10:50 AM

You could try Scan UK.

Edited by killerx525, 25 August 2012 - 10:50 AM.

>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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