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Looking to upgrade my PC


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#1 callummcl

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 09:23 AM

Hi all,

 

I've got a bit of money to spend on upgrading my PC.

 

I built it around 2 years ago and haven't updated since.

Currently it is:
 

Kingston Technology 8GB (2x 4GB) 2400MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL11 DIMM XMP HyperX Predator Series Memory Module

 

Seagate ST1000DX001 3.5 inch 1TB Hybrid Internal Solid State Drive

 

AMD A8 5600K Black Edition 3.6GHz Socket FM2 4MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor

Asrock FM2A75 Pro4+ Socket FM2+ DVI HDMI 7.1 CH HD Audio ATX Motherboard

 

Asus HD 6670 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card

 

PowerCool X-Viper 450W Fully Wired 80+ Bronze Power Supply

 

Cooler Master Elite 361 Black Mini Tower

 

I'm not looking to spend too much but as I haven't upgraded in a while, I think now is a good time. 

 

Thanks for any help or advice. 

 



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Posted 10 May 2016 - 11:09 AM

Only thing I see worth upgrading is video card. And perhaps SSD along that hybrid drive.

 

Budget?



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Posted 10 May 2016 - 11:16 AM

Yes I agree, any suggestions? Budget around £100, but can extend if need be. 



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Posted 10 May 2016 - 01:45 PM

PSU is not highest quality either, that's one problem. But budget has no chance for PSU + GPU.

 

For around 130£-140£, Radeon R9 380 4GB (not 2GB) offers excellent price/performance ratio.



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Posted 11 May 2016 - 01:13 PM

Totally agree.  The RAM and CPU are pretty much at their best for that setup. The GPU can be vastly improved assuming you play 3D games and are having frame rate issues. 

But the PSU is of poor quality and certainty approaching end of life. 

Budget is slightly unrealistic for GPU + PSU.  [US$145]

Option 1:  Keep the PSU and put in a GTX750Ti.  Card can run the case hot however.  But only uses 60W (5A) max on the +12V rail not counting any overclock (including factory OC). 

Don't know what the market is like outside the USA, as to what is available but:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500349

Option 2: Replace the PSU with a quality unit.   $55 80 Plus Bronze, 40A on the 12V rail and a 5 yr warranty - you can run a pretty powerful GPU with that if the case can keep it cool.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

And the card with what you have left.   I'd still shoot for a 750Ti, but it slightly busts the budget.  A slower R7 360 2GB (100W max) would work.  But no way are you getting a 4GB card for under $135. 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125847

If you can squeeze more cash a GTX950 (90W) or performance comparable R7 370 (110W) is a major performance step up on the 750Ti and can substantially boost frame rates IF this is a problem for the games you play.


Edited by Fascist Nation, 11 May 2016 - 01:17 PM.


#6 callummcl

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Posted 11 May 2016 - 01:37 PM

Thank you for the detailed reply.

 

Since posting I've ordered a 'Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti 2 GB Low Profile Graphics Card' and will have a little left to upgrade my PSU as well I think.

 

Thanks again for your help.






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