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Purchase Template: Decent pre-VR gaming, upgrade from 2012 i5

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#1 marscion


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Posted 02 May 2016 - 09:49 PM

Hope I'm doing this right... I currently have an i5-3570k with a GTX660 and 8gb DDR...3? RAM. Saw this ealier today (http://computers.woot.com/offers/hp-envy-phoenix-860-i7-gtx960-desktop-1?ref=ord_cnt_ryo_oc_1_tl (hopefully links are ok)), but I've been out of the hardware game for so long I can't tell if it's worth the price. Thanks for any advice!


Laptop or Desktop? Desktop

My budget for the new computer is: ~$1100

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Gaming, not concerned with absolute max performance.

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Games mainly, light productivity, graphic design, video streaming

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Typically MMOs, but I've been dabbling in more performance-intensive things (AC: Syndicate, etc.)

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? I'm usually pretty good about closing things

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Not really

Will you be overclocking? I don't think so

Location for online shopping/shipment/prices? Not exactly sure what this means

How many monitors are you planning to use? One, maybe two

Do you need peripherals? OS? Nope

Any particular reason why you are upgrading? My current rig is getting on in years, noticing big performance drops


Thanks again!

Edited by marscion, 02 May 2016 - 09:52 PM.

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#2 Drillingmachine


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Posted 03 May 2016 - 07:29 AM

Provide more info about your current specs. Upgrading from 3570K to 6700K is waste of money because difference is quite small.


I expect you can get your current rig faster than that 1100$ machine by just upgrading video card and adding some memory. Perhaps PSU upgrade is also needed but still price would be much cheaper.


Location for online shopping/shipment/prices? Not exactly sure what this means


Tell if you have favourite online shop where you want to buy.

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