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#1 superrr

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 06:26 PM

Hey everyone. 
I just upgraded my system to a new video card, and it runs Far Cry 3 on low and medium pretty decently. 
I would LOVE to be able to run games on High and Optimal if I could.

Here's my system now

I have Windows 8 Pro (64bit)
4GB of DDR2 RAM
Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor at @2.3ghz
My video card is a Diamond Radeon HD 6450 1GB GDDR3.



I need some tips on what I should buy to make my system run games even better, I have a budget of around 200?
Post your guys thoughts, cause' the computer I have now, I'm really looking to put some money into it.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 08:44 PM

Your processor isn't really meant for gaming, it's more of a server processor meant to do lots of low level threads not a bunch of resource intensive threads at once.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 10:18 PM

Hmm, okay! 

So what are your suggestions on how to make my computer a more powerful gaming pc?



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Posted 28 July 2013 - 01:18 AM

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/far-cry-3-performance-benchmark,review-32584-4.html

 

I honestly don't know how you are playing Far Cry 3 with that card. Gotta be tough.

 

Videocards, $200 will get you a 7850/GTX660 or 7870 w rebate.  Verify your power supply has the wattage and power connectors for whatever card you choose.

 

Realistically, your CPU is 3 generations behind, and it wasn't the quickest when it was released.  Chances are it will hurt your framerate.  How much depends on resolution and eyecandy settings.  Modern open world RPG games will crush that CPU, shooters, not so much.   You are about at the point of mandatory upgrade time for a gaming system.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 02:04 AM

I agree, plop in a mondo GPU and you'll bottle neck the crap out of it, I suggest that, if your CPU is an lg775 socket you can invest in a core 2duo quad or extreme, but realistically you should upgrade the whole pc. I.e buy a new one, but your budget doesn't allow that currently, so your best bet is grabbing a core 2. You can use speccy to show what CPU socket you have. (http://www.piriform.com/speccy/download)

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 09:04 AM

I would recommend a 650 Ti  ( ASUS GeForce GTX650Ti 1GB ddr5 )

 

the ASUS version of that card has 2 DVI-D ports and a VGA and an HDMI.  Other OEMs  ( EVGA, XFX, PNY etc.) may have better port configurations and may be cheaper. The DVI-I style ports are way more desirable iMO ----  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface

 

. it looks like it will need one 6 pin power connection also.

 

 

 

or 2X Radeon HD 6670 1gb gddr5  CrossFired ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121442

 )   wait scratch that concept, that getup requires an AMD mobo enabled

 

. and as mentioned, the cpu shouldn't be a server variety (Xeon). also, those mid range cards can sometimes take up alot of space so take measurements of what your chassis  and mobo has room for. the power supply should have at least 120 watts extra also, i am sure those kinds of cards will need an extra ( or 2 )  6 pin PCIe connector off of the power supply. a decent power supply calculator is something like this:   http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

 

      Last i checked, H I S  is sporting a beastly hd7870 for under 200 USD. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404

 


Edited by synergy513, 28 July 2013 - 10:57 AM.

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 03:38 PM

Okay, thanks guys!
Hey, Far Cry 3 is running perfectly. Not on high, of course, but it runs.

I need help deciding what card and/or processor.

Also, I don't know what kind of socket I have, or what would be compatible, how do I find out?






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