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#1 thriftyarek888

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 09:54 PM

Hi am thinking of improving my system used for games (playing latest games), entertainment and office. 

 

Below are my system specifications:

 

Operating System

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

CPU

Intel Core i5 3570K @ 3.40GHz 63 °C

Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology

RAM

8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 800MHz (9-9-9-27)

Motherboard

Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd. Z77X-UD3H (Intel Core i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz) 28 °C

Graphics

PANASONIC-TV (1920x1080@60Hz)

HS233 (1920x1080@120Hz)

2757 (1920x1080@60Hz)

4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (MSI) 60 °C

Storage

447GB Crucial CT480BX200SSD1 (SSD) 36 °C

1863GB Western Digital WDC WD20EARX-00PASB0 (SATA) 43 °C

Optical Drives

PIONEER BD-ROM BDC-207D

HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NS90

Audio

ASUS Xonar DX Audio Device

 

If worth upgrading which components (motherboard/cpu/memory)?

 

I have just upgraded the gfx.

 

I am on a budget of $400. 

 

Thanks Arek


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Posted 07 August 2016 - 10:10 PM

That DDR3 seems awfully slow... try checking to make sure there isn't a XMP profile that you can enable to speed it up. If not, it might be worth upgrading the memory. As far as I know, that cpu should be fine.
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Posted 08 August 2016 - 04:39 AM

I see no reason to upgrade anything. Perhaps more RAM but that's it.

 

That DDR3 seems awfully slow... try checking to make sure there isn't a XMP profile that you can enable to speed it up. If not, it might be worth upgrading the memory. As far as I know, that cpu should be fine.

 

That's probably 800 MHz*2 = DDR3-1600



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 01:02 PM

I see no reason to upgrade anything. Perhaps more RAM but that's it.
 

That DDR3 seems awfully slow... try checking to make sure there isn't a XMP profile that you can enable to speed it up. If not, it might be worth upgrading the memory. As far as I know, that cpu should be fine.

 
That's probably 800 MHz*2 = DDR3-1600

Sorry, I'm used to seeing tools (incorrectly) list DDR3-1600 as 1600MHz
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Posted 08 August 2016 - 01:48 PM

Sorry, I'm used to seeing tools (incorrectly) list DDR3-1600 as 1600MHz


Both are possible.

thriftyarek888: CPU-Z screenshot from memory tab?


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 03:28 PM

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I was thinking may be worth upgrading the mombo...mostly. Any thoughts on that pls?
 
https://postimg.org/image/a8x0kkfm3/
 


Edited by hamluis, 08 August 2016 - 04:11 PM.
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Posted 08 August 2016 - 10:44 PM

A motherboard upgrade is virtually useless without a CPU upgrade. Changing the motherboard is only useful when you need more expansion options than your current mobo provides. A motherboard change will have 0 impact on performance.
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Posted 08 August 2016 - 10:45 PM

OP, please post a higher-quality image. That image is too grainy to be legible.
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Posted 09 August 2016 - 06:43 AM

Clipboard021.jpg
 
I was thinking may be worth upgrading the mombo...mostly. Any thoughts on that pls?
 
https://postimg.org/image/a8x0kkfm3/


Memory speed is OK.

OP, please post a higher-quality image. That image is too grainy to be legible.


Better there https://postimg.org/image/a8x0kkfm3

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 06:32 PM

So what should I do to this rig to make it better? ta



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Posted 26 August 2016 - 04:19 AM

So what should I do to this rig to make it better? ta


Unless you want to invest quite lot of money, there's nothing that really needs upgrade.

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 06:36 AM

I agree with the previous poster, there isn't much on this PC that needs an upgrade.  Maybe the graphics card, but that is not necessary as the GTX 970 is still a very good high performance card.  You could re-evaluate next year once AMD's Zen CPU and Vega GPU is out, but you have a great PC.


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Posted 26 August 2016 - 10:03 AM

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Not to mention that changing the Motherboard will most likely need a re-activation at best and a Fresh Install of Windows at the worst end of the spectrum of problems caused by changing the Motherboard.

 

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 08:46 PM

Is your current setup slow? Try installing a clean Windows installation to maybe reduce background programs load.

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 09:33 PM

Thanks for help. But new Forza 3 demands 16gb ram. So which ram to use for best price /value?






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