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#1 BRodgers1981

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 08:01 PM

Hey eveyone! I'm new here and I need some help!

 

I was "gifted" a gaming PC last Summer and I would like to update it a little bit because I was trying to play Dying Light and the refresh rate was very choppy and laggy. I believe this MB is upgradeable to 32gb and only has 8gb currently. Anyway...here are the specs...I would like to at least double the memory and hopefully that will allow things to run smoothly? I think the video cards are dated but they should be able to run the game fine I hope. Just looking for some suggestions. Thanks!

 

MSI 970A-G46 (MS-7693) Mainboard

AMD FX-6300 Six-Core Processor

8GB DDR3 Dual Channel 1999.9Mhz

 

 

---Slot 1

-----2,048MB PC3-10700 (667 Mhz) Kingston

 

---Slot 2

-----2,048MB PC3-8500F (533 Mhz) Patriot

 

---Slot 3

-----2,048MB PC3-10700H (667 Mhz) Crucial Technology

 

---Slot 4

-----2,048MB PC3-8500F (533 Mhz) Patriot

 

2 x NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 SLI

--Clocks

-----Core: 405mhz

-----Shader: 810mhz

-----Memory: 324Mhz

--Memory

-----Size: 1024MBytes


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Posted 26 March 2015 - 09:05 PM

Your CPU seems to be below the minimum requirements for running Dying Light. 

Your SLI cards look sufficient.

8GB RAM is the recommended amount.

 

You can using the "Can You Run It?" utility here to see how your components stack up.

http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/requirements/dying-light/11912/?p=r

 

Upgrading the CPU seems affordable...well, that really depends on what your upgrade budget is.

Upgrading the graphics card will vary in cost, depending on if you want to take it up to the "recommended spec".



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Posted 27 March 2015 - 09:17 PM



Hey eveyone! I'm new here and I need some help!

 

I was "gifted" a gaming PC last Summer and I would like to update it a little bit because I was trying to play Dying Light and the refresh rate was very choppy and laggy. I believe this MB is upgradeable to 32gb and only has 8gb currently. Anyway...here are the specs...I would like to at least double the memory and hopefully that will allow things to run smoothly? I think the video cards are dated but they should be able to run the game fine I hope. Just looking for some suggestions. Thanks!

 

MSI 970A-G46 (MS-7693) Mainboard

AMD FX-6300 Six-Core Processor

8GB DDR3 Dual Channel 1999.9Mhz

 

 

---Slot 1

-----2,048MB PC3-10700 (667 Mhz) Kingston

 

---Slot 2

-----2,048MB PC3-8500F (533 Mhz) Patriot

 

---Slot 3

-----2,048MB PC3-10700H (667 Mhz) Crucial Technology

 

---Slot 4

-----2,048MB PC3-8500F (533 Mhz) Patriot

 

2 x NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 SLI

--Clocks

-----Core: 405mhz

-----Shader: 810mhz

-----Memory: 324Mhz

--Memory

-----Size: 1024MBytes

BRodgers,

 

For starters... your RAM modules are a mixed bag.

 

The 533 MHz modules are forcing your computer to throttle down the other 2 - 667 MHz modules down to the 533 MHz speed.

 

I would get rid all of the memory modules and install 4 identical memory modules for smoother operation.

 

Upgrade the processor.

 

Here's my recommendations:

 

 
CPU: AMD FX-8370E 3.3GHz 8-Core Processor  ($173.79 @ Amazon) 
Total: $251.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-27 22:16 EDT-0400


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Posted 28 March 2015 - 02:17 AM

If you Google that board with the 8370 chip you will find a warning not sure how serious definitely should be looked into.

 

Also read: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1749215/8350-work-msi-970a-g46.html


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Posted 28 March 2015 - 06:43 AM

If you Google that board with the 8370 chip you will find a warning not sure how serious definitely should be looked into.

 

Also read: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1749215/8350-work-msi-970a-g46.html

Phil,

 

When I read that, that gave me all the more reason why I do not recommend MSI motherboards.

 

I stick with Gigabyte motherboards.

 

A good catch, Phil.



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Posted 28 March 2015 - 09:37 AM

Thank you guys for the replys! I know this MB is explandable to 32 gb so if I wanted 4 x 8gb sticks, which one should I turn to?



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Posted 28 March 2015 - 09:39 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl10q32gbzl



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Posted 28 March 2015 - 09:41 AM



Thank you guys for the replys! I know this MB is explandable to 32 gb so if I wanted 4 x 8gb sticks, which one should I turn to?

BRodgers,
 
Go with this:
 
 
Total: $214.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-28 10:40 EDT-0400


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Posted 28 March 2015 - 08:31 PM

OK. How big of a difference will I notice going from 8gb to 32gb ram? will I be blown away? I do a lot of multitasking and flash games on facebook and they run a bit laggy at times, games load slowly in flash and I usually have many programs running at once. Will that make everything super fast?



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Posted 28 March 2015 - 08:48 PM

Take some time on the over clockers boards, video seem to be more important.  Quality 16 will cover your needs.


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Posted 28 March 2015 - 09:30 PM

OK. How big of a difference will I notice going from 8gb to 32gb ram? will I be blown away? I do a lot of multitasking and flash games on facebook and they run a bit laggy at times, games load slowly in flash and I usually have many programs running at once. Will that make everything super fast?

 

BRodgers,

 

Well, I don't know about the "blown away" aspect of it, but you will notice that the computer will not bog or slow down as often now that you have all of the modules in the same processing speed. 

 

You will notice a bit of an increase in computer speed, but not the "awesome", "peeing your pants" kind of speed.

You will only find that kind of speed with Intel i7 4790k processors.

 

Yea, the AMD 6300 6 core is nice, but speed-wise, the i7 4790k Quad core will blow the doors off of that one.



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Posted 29 March 2015 - 12:31 AM

The extra memory won't make a great deal of difference for 3D games IMO.  8gb is about optimal for most games.  These will benefit more from a faster CPU and video card.  Heavy multitasking will probably benefit, but even then I think most "normal" uses wouldn't get much improvement beyond 16gb at the moment. If you're doing something specialised like running lots of VM's then yes, that will eat up a ton of memory, but flash games on Facebook etc. shouldn't!

 

Basically extra memory will only help if it's running out with your current usage. You can use tools like Resource Monitor (built into Windows) to monitor memory use.  If the physical memory usage gets near to 100% regularly then (assuming there's no memory leak as an underlying cause) you would likely benefit from more RAM.  Resource Monitor can be accessed by typing "resmon" into the Start Menu/search box.

 

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 07:26 AM

try this out' ...http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/systemscanner



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Posted 29 March 2015 - 02:24 PM

OK, So If I replaced the 4x2 with say a 4x4 for a total of 16gb and then get the best processor that is compatible with my MoBo and possibly ditch the 2 graphics cards for a single graphice card....What graphics card should I look at so I won't have to upgrade again for say 2 years and what's the best cpu I can get for this mobo?



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Posted 29 March 2015 - 04:20 PM

Is this

CPU: AMD FX-8370E 3.3GHz 8-Core Processor  ($173.79 @ Amazon)
the best CPU that is compatible with my mobo Serpius?





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