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Upgrading Current Rig Advice Needed


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#1 Stypher

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 04:02 PM

Hellooooooo from the world of 2012....

So as the title indicates, I am looking to upgrade my rig as it is slowly getting slower and slower with more frequent freezes.

I am 90% sure it is the GPU getting old and blowing up so I think it is time to upgrade da rig or maybe if it is not worth it, begin planning new rig.

 

So here Is the current setup :

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT064M4SSD2

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W BX80623I72600K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (the one with a slight defect in the USB 3.0 system)

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) DirectX 11 012-P3-1570-AR 1280MB 320-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...

Cooler Master Hyper N520 - CPU Cooler with Copper Base and 5 Heatpipes

XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply            

Cooler Master HAF 922 - High Air Flow Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior

 

The question is it worth it to upgrade this rig or build a brand new one reusing a some parts like case, psu, ram, etc...

I am not adept enough with computer hardware to know which graphic card would work for my current motherboard or which one not to get due to motherboard bottlenecking.

If someone could give me a few suggestions or tips on what I should or could upgrade to, that would be a god send!

Budget is around $600 CAD or $1200 cad for new rig (could be convinced to do a bit more if it is worth the extra cash)


Edited by Stypher, 07 August 2016 - 04:03 PM.


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#2 Drillingmachine

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 05:23 AM

I suggest just upgrading. Bigger SSD and new GPU.

 

What monitor are you using?



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 07:03 AM

I agree, the core of the computer (Motherboard and CPU) seem fine and could make it another few years, the GPU could see improvement.  For graphics cards, something like a GTX 1060 or an AMD RX 480 would offer an improvement over what you have.  These are newer cards and due to availability issues, it may be a while before prices stabilize to MSRP, so a GTX 970 would be a good alternative.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 07:40 AM

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 ACX 2.0+ DirectX 12 04G-P4-3973-KR 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814487136 $360.99

 

would the above be okay?

 

as for SSD I will up going with a larger SSD or a hybrid drive from Seagate.



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 07:56 AM

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 ACX 2.0+ DirectX 12 04G-P4-3973-KR 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814487136 $360.99

 

would the above be okay?

 

as for SSD I will up going with a larger SSD or a hybrid drive from Seagate.

 

Unless you want parts right now, I see no reason to go with outdated cards like any GTX9xx or R9 3xx. RX 480 is so much better.

 

I recommend bigger SSD, not hybrid.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 10:06 AM

 

Unless you want parts right now, I see no reason to go with outdated cards like any GTX9xx or R9 3xx. RX 480 is so much better.

 

I recommend bigger SSD, not hybrid.

 

I don't really play too many games other than Dota 2 and some basic games (I do want to play mirrors edge 2 though and hope to be able to handle mass effect Andromeda)

I will take your advice on SSD



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 10:18 AM

Then I suggest RX 480 or better. Availability should soon be better.



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 09:49 PM

Then I suggest RX 480 or better. Availability should soon be better.

 

I agree, the core of the computer (Motherboard and CPU) seem fine and could make it another few years, the GPU could see improvement.  For graphics cards, something like a GTX 1060 or an AMD RX 480 would offer an improvement over what you have.  These are newer cards and due to availability issues, it may be a while before prices stabilize to MSRP, so a GTX 970 would be a good alternative.

 

I am a fan of nividia cards over AMD cards. would the 1060 be the equivalent of 480? 



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Posted 09 August 2016 - 06:46 AM

DirectX 11, yes. DirectX12/Vulkan/Mantle, no.

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 08:39 AM

Although the 970 is older, it is still a good card, but yes, if you can wait until prices and availability on the GTX 1060 or RX 480 stabilize, that would be the best option.


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