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Wondering whether to upgrade current PC or purchase new one


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#1 Barginski

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 08:00 PM

Hello all,

 

Being faced with games with ever-increasing spec needs, I am trying to figure out if I would be better off to upgrade my current system (if possible), or just go all out and purchase a new purpose-built gaming rig (Alienware comes to mind). My system is getting to be somewhere between 2 and 3 years old now... Here are its specs.

 

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Radeon R9-270x video card

AMD FX-8320 processor

ASUS M5A99x motherboard

1TB HDD

230 GB SSD

8 GB RAM

750 W power supply

 

With most of my games, I am getting FPS in the high teens - low twenties at worst, with averages 30+ or so.

 

Specifically, these are the listed requirements of a new game I am wanting to purchase, which is slated to be released in February... I'm pretty sure mine falls somewhere between "minimum" and "recommended."

 

Minimum:

CPU: i5 3470

GPU: GeForce 750Ti

RAM: 8 GB

 

Recommended:

CPU: i5 4690

GPU: GeForce 970

RAM: 8 GB

 

Ideal:

CPU: i7 4790

GPU: GeForce GTX 1080

RAM: 16 GB

 

If my goal were to get my system somewhere between the "recommended" and "ideal" settings, being closest as possible to "ideal," would it be more feasible to upgrade, or just purchase a new system?

 

Thanks!


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Posted 09 December 2016 - 09:23 PM

Hello all,

 

Being faced with games with ever-increasing spec needs, I am trying to figure out if I would be better off to upgrade my current system (if possible), or just go all out and purchase a new purpose-built gaming rig (Alienware comes to mind). My system is getting to be somewhere between 2 and 3 years old now... Here are its specs.

 

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Radeon R9-270x video card

AMD FX-8320 processor

ASUS M5A99x motherboard

1TB HDD

230 GB SSD

8 GB RAM

750 W power supply

 

With most of my games, I am getting FPS in the high teens - low twenties at worst, with averages 30+ or so.

 

Specifically, these are the listed requirements of a new game I am wanting to purchase, which is slated to be released in February... I'm pretty sure mine falls somewhere between "minimum" and "recommended."

 

Minimum:

CPU: i5 3470

GPU: GeForce 750Ti

RAM: 8 GB

 

Recommended:

CPU: i5 4690

GPU: GeForce 970

RAM: 8 GB

 

Ideal:

CPU: i7 4790

GPU: GeForce GTX 1080

RAM: 16 GB

 

If my goal were to get my system somewhere between the "recommended" and "ideal" settings, being closest as possible to "ideal," would it be more feasible to upgrade, or just purchase a new system?

 

Thanks!

 

Either Upgrade or Build Your Own!



#3 Barginski

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 01:54 PM

After doing some research and comparing benchmarks, I am thinking of keeping the FX-8320 CPU and upgrading the video card to the Radeon R9 Fury X, with an additional 8 GB of added RAM... I have heard that the latest AMD CPU's are basically the 8320 overclocked. Found out about "ready to run" systems being marked up by an ungodly amount... so that's out of the question. Thanks!



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Posted 11 December 2016 - 03:12 PM

Either Upgrade or Build Your Own!

 

Agreed ill pass on Dell computers anyday, Alienware = Dell.

Hardcore gamer system + Dell = fail.



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Posted 11 December 2016 - 04:03 PM

Hello Barginski

I'd upgrade you'll find this site helpful

 

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/

 

It will tell you if the parts are compatable


Edited by HolyCowz, 11 December 2016 - 04:04 PM.


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Posted 12 December 2016 - 07:16 PM

A fury X may be a good choice. Can be picked up on the cheap right now. Other option is a GTX 1060 or 1050ti.


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 07:28 AM

Your computer is decent.  Most games are GPU bound so you could probably upgrade your graphics card and not need to do a platform upgrade to AMD's upcoming Zen line or an Intel board.  If you are willing to wait, AMD's Vega line of GPU's should be coming out in a few months.


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 02:57 PM

Yeah you actually have pretty good specs I would just focus on graphics card upgrades as newer processors will not give you too much of an advantage even with zen

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