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What parts of my computer needs upgrades?


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#1 AbsurdAsian

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 09:47 PM

I got some money from the holidays and my birthday. I was wondering which parts of my computer needs some upgrading

 

GPU: GeForce GTX 650 

CPU: AMD FX-8120 Eight-Core Processor (3.1 GHz I think)

Memory: 8.00 GB RAM

Resolution: Both monitors are 1600 x 900

Storage: 1.25 TB

 

I'm not looking to spend a lot of money, I'm only fourteen, but I couldn't play a high-quality steam game so I got it refunded. Also, I play some games that it's fine with good resolution, but it lags on max. Just wonderin' what to get.


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Posted 10 January 2016 - 11:07 AM

 

I'd start with the GPU. GTX650 is not enough for most modern games. Get GTX 970 or GTX980/ TI if you can.


Edited by hamluis, 11 January 2016 - 01:37 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2016 - 12:40 PM

PSU? Radeon R9 380, 380X or 390 are good choices.



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Posted 10 January 2016 - 01:09 PM

 

I'd start with the GPU. GTX650 is not enough for most modern games. Get GTX 970 or GTX980/ TI if you can.

 

Yeah I already knew that it was not enough for modern games. I searched the recommended specs for Fallout 4 and it says GTX 780. It's better in my price range than the GTX970, is it still good?


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Posted 10 January 2016 - 03:40 PM

Used GTX780 for good price is OK. If need new card, then I recommend R9 series. GTX970 has only 3.5GB fast ram and does not support asynchronous shaders. It was advertised to have both but Nvidia simply lied.


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Posted 10 January 2016 - 04:42 PM

Which, along with AMD's pushes for open standards, are why I stick with team red these days. R9 290X can be found for ~$250 new. You could probably find an even better deal used, though I would be more careful about used AMD than NVidia, as the bitcoin rush was not too long ago, and AMD's cards were heavily favored as they excel in GPGPU tasks.


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 10:50 PM

http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=1858&gid2=880&compare=radeon-r9-290x-vs-geforce-gtx-780

R9 290x is definitely better that GTX 780. And don't buy used graphic cards, get a brand new one with a good warranty period.


 



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Posted 12 January 2016 - 11:09 AM

http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=1858&gid2=880&compare=radeon-r9-290x-vs-geforce-gtx-780
R9 290x is definitely better that GTX 780. And don't buy used graphic cards, get a brand new one with a good warranty period.

Or a refurbished one.

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 06:01 PM

Yea there are a few good sites that offer long warranty periods with refurb cards
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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:04 AM

You need a better processor with a high efficient and integrated graphic card to play the modern games. Also buy a new graphic card with warranty. Never get confused with low price used graphic cards because after a time of internal they start creating problem.



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 11:17 AM

You need a better processor with a high efficient and integrated graphic card to play the modern games. Also buy a new graphic card with warranty. Never get confused with low price used graphic cards because after a time of internal they start creating problem.


A refurbished card won't necessarily cause problems.. if you get a refurb from a respectable place it can be even more reliable than a new card. You just take a risk.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:03 PM

You need a better processor with a high efficient and integrated graphic card to play the modern games. Also buy a new graphic card with warranty. Never get confused with low price used graphic cards because after a time of internal they start creating problem.

A refurbished card won't necessarily cause problems.. if you get a refurb from a respectable place it can be even more reliable than a new card. You just take a risk.
They were talking about a used card, not a refurbished. Used caries a significant danger of having an issue or not working at all. Refurbished cards from legitimate sites have been inspected and - where needed - repaired. Some refurbishing sites even offer a warranty on the GPUs they sell.
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