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What parts should I upgrade?


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#1 Bahamut5098

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 02:31 PM

I'm wondering what part I should specifically upgrade in the following build below? A new GPU, CPU, or more? I want to upgrade because I want to play games like Wolfenstein: The New Order, DOOM (when it's released) and GTA V on my PC. Currently, Wolfenstein glitches and is unplayable with my hardware.

My PC Build Link Here: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rVpWsY

The case is something I want to get, everything else I've got in an old Antec case.


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Posted 26 July 2015 - 09:13 PM

How much money do you have to spend?  The video card is the thing to upgrade, but a proper upgrade, nVidia GTX 970 ($350+) or AMD Radeon R9 270 ($195+),  will be as much as or more than the PC.



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Posted 27 July 2015 - 08:05 AM

To expand on what Kilroy said, what level of graphics are you wanting to aim for?

 

The PC in your link is using fairly old technology, you would be better served in the long run by using more recent hardware.  If you are wanting to play at high levels of eye candy, you will need to spend significantly more than $231.  I would budget for at least $600 at the low end since you are wanting to do what is essentially a rebuild more than an upgrade.


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Posted 27 July 2015 - 08:43 AM

My budget is $150, but it sounds like I should just save up and buy a new mobo, processor, graphics card and possibly bigger ram?? If that's the case, I'll keep everything else ie PSU, hard drives. My current case is cracked on the front so a new case would be something I'd need as well. 



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Posted 27 July 2015 - 09:18 AM

You should save up for those.  You will also need to buy a copy of Windows if you are using an OEM/System Builder copy since those are tied to the motherboard.  If you buy a new motherboard, you need a new Windows license, which is about $100.

 

If you are gaming, most of your money should go to the GPU, if you PSU is good enough, about 550W or better, you can reuse it.


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Posted 27 July 2015 - 09:23 AM

I recently bought an XFX 550W PSU. Maybe I should just grab the Radeon 270 and save up for other parts in the future? I've heard from some that I may need to flash the mobo/bios. I believe it still has a bios from 2006 but has a stable mobo flash released in 2010.

 

How about the following card? PCPartPicker.com states it's compatible with my old setup:

MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card


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Posted 27 July 2015 - 09:36 AM

G'day mate! The recent purchase of the XFX 550W power supply would be ample to run the current system and the new graphics card (R9 270) with power to spare. Saving up for the other parts such as the CPU, motherboard, Ram, case etc would be certainly a good idea, and with the new graphics card, you can finally play those games without having to purchase the other parts! In regards to flashing the Bios, that is unnecessary as the new graphics card uses the same PCI-E interface as the current card and there is some associated risks when upgrading the Bios. 


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Posted 27 July 2015 - 09:39 AM

G'day mate! The recent purchase of the XFX 550W power supply would be ample to run the current system and the new graphics card (R9 270) with power to spare. Saving up for the other parts such as the CPU, motherboard, Ram, case etc would be certainly a good idea, and with the new graphics card, you can finally play those games without having to purchase the other parts! In regards to flashing the Bios, that is unnecessary as the new graphics card uses the same PCI-E interface as the current card and there is some associated risks when upgrading the Bios. 

Thanks for the info! What do you think about the following card?? It's price is on par with the R9 270: MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card.



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Posted 27 July 2015 - 09:53 AM

The R9 270 is unfortunately a slower card when compared with the GTX960, although that is awesome that you found a GTX960 for essentially the same price range as the R9 270. For 1080p gaming purposes, the GTX960 does typically well across the board for most games, although if you could find a AMD Radeon R9 380 in the same price bracket, then that would have a smaller performance gain over the GTX960.


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Posted 27 July 2015 - 10:08 AM

I guess I can up my budget for the Radeon R9 380 to $210. 

 

If that helps me play GTA V and games far into the future (say, 4 or 5 years), what would be reasons to upgrade anything else like the CPU or MOBO if everything is working fine? 



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Posted 27 July 2015 - 10:21 AM

The graphics card will probably last to 4 to 5 years, but you will have to accordingly adjust the graphics settings in games for smooth playable framerates. I suppose the reason behind in upgrading the CPU and motherboard is to further push more framerates from the graphics card, but also to modernise the system with newer/updated technology, such as USB 3.1, Thunderbolt, M.2 SSDs etc. 


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