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Looking to upgrade my computer to handle current and future gaming.


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#1 MaGoogles

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 08:24 PM

Hello, 

 

I am MaGoogles and I am new to the forums. I am looking for help attempting to upgrade my computer, or possibly just buying a new one and giving my current one to my wife if it would be cheaper to just do so. 

 

Right now I game (Starwars the Old Republic, Wildstar, and Guild Wars 2) and stream movies on Netflix, Hulu, and others. I am also currently running dual monitors and wish to continue doing so. My current problem is that my graphics card has fallen behind and can now only run games on low graphic setting now. This may be in part because I stream and play games at the same time, but even with my second monitor off I still have to play on low settings.

 

MY CURRENT SETUP

 

CPU:                                  Intel® Core™ i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz    3.8 GHz

MEMORY:                         8.00 GB RAM

OPERATING SYSTEM:     Windows 8.164-bit Opeerating System, x64 based processor

GPU:                                 GeForce GT 620

Power Supply:                   Thermaltake Smart 650w

 

Looking to invest about $300-$500 to upgrade. 

 

Side note, if it seems that it would just be better to get another computer and have a second one, I would like some recommendations for gaming monitors since my current ones are some older dell monitors I got for free. Looking at around $100-$200 per monitor preferred or even just one good one.



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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 07:23 AM

I would suggest getting a new GPU, the one you have now is low-end.  For newer games like The Witcher 3, a GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980 would do quite well.

 

As for monitors, I would go for an IPS-based one due to color accuracy and viewing angles.  Something like the ASUS VS24AH-P Black 24" is a good option.


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 01:46 PM

Definitely new GPU and perhaps more memory. AMD R9 390 + 8GB DDR3 kit fits on budget.



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Posted 17 December 2015 - 04:52 AM

Your GPU is low-end and outdated. You will want to buy a better card example EVGA GTX 970. I have it and it works well for me.


Edited by batman1234, 17 December 2015 - 04:53 AM.

CPU: Intel i7-8700K 5.3 GHz ------ RAM: 32GB TridentZ 3600 MHz CL16 ----- Motherboard: Asus ROG Maximus X Formula ----- GPU: Zotac GTX 1080 Ti Amp! Extreme ----- Storage: Samsung 960 Pro 1TB -- Samsung 850 Pro 2TB x4


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Posted 17 December 2015 - 06:09 PM

Thanks for the replies. Went to my local Best Buy, since I have a credit card with them and picked up the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 Graphics for all my games are now on high. Thanks for the info.



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 12:00 AM

Excellent choice! For even better gaming performance, GTX 980 or 980 Ti will work well. :)


CPU: Intel i7-8700K 5.3 GHz ------ RAM: 32GB TridentZ 3600 MHz CL16 ----- Motherboard: Asus ROG Maximus X Formula ----- GPU: Zotac GTX 1080 Ti Amp! Extreme ----- Storage: Samsung 960 Pro 1TB -- Samsung 850 Pro 2TB x4


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Posted 18 December 2015 - 12:04 AM

Yea they had the 980 but it was $200 more and I think my wife is already going to kill me for spending $300+ on this one lol. The guy at Best Buy told me that it has a 3 year warranty and when it gets to like 2 years I can take it in and say it doesn't work and get a replacement or upgrade it for the difference.



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 12:25 AM

GTX 980 costs more than it is worth, it is a gaming monster. I own that card it can play pretty much any games at 1080p 60+ FPS.


Edited by batman1234, 18 December 2015 - 12:25 AM.

CPU: Intel i7-8700K 5.3 GHz ------ RAM: 32GB TridentZ 3600 MHz CL16 ----- Motherboard: Asus ROG Maximus X Formula ----- GPU: Zotac GTX 1080 Ti Amp! Extreme ----- Storage: Samsung 960 Pro 1TB -- Samsung 850 Pro 2TB x4





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