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Upgrading my PC for gaming, need help please


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#1 jroe275

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 07:18 PM

Ok so I've had this Dell Inspiron 660 for awhile now, and it is somewhat limited because of an Intel HD graphics card. Since tax time is coming up I'd really like to upgrade my video card and psu if necessary! As long as prices aren't too steep I wouldn't mind upgrading my processor either, just need some input :) Here's my system http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiron-I660-9002BK-i5-3330-Processor/dp/B00DHMK43Q

That is the closest to my pc, came out of factory with no replaced parts. I've seen there are quite a few versions of the Inspiron so that kind of confused me lol. Any and all help is appreciated!



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Posted 22 December 2015 - 07:58 PM

What is your budget? What games do you play?

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 08:08 PM

Budget of around $500, and well I wanna play high end MMOs and also games like Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, etc.



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Posted 22 December 2015 - 09:28 PM

I would look into a gtx 980: https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-gtx980gaming4g
$499.99

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 11:59 PM

If you want AMD graphics card, consider R9 390X:

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R9-390X-GAMING-8G/dp/B00ZGF158A


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 12:23 AM

Ok for either of these will I have to upgrade my power supply? And also, will I have to upgrade the processor or no?



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Posted 23 December 2015 - 08:04 AM

What is the wattage of your power supply?


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 11:44 AM

AMD graphics cards are known to use more power and put out more heat than their Nvidia counterparts.  The GTX 980 usually has a 600W power supply recommendation.  Your PC is using a 3 GHz. Ivy Bridge CPU, so I believe you are alright on the CPU front.


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 03:13 PM

I wanna say something like 200-300w, it's a standard power supply so can't be very good. Kind of expected to upgrade the power supply so which of those would you guys recommend that would also pair up with these video cards?



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Posted 24 December 2015 - 12:04 AM

More than 600W PSU is recommended for powerful graphics card. If you prefers AMD graphics card you need even better PSU, because AMD cards are power hungry.


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