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Upgrading 7 yr old pc - suggestions?


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#1 Stagger_Lee

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Posted 14 December 2016 - 12:53 PM

  Hello, I always end up here when I'm looking for computer answers on google and I solve my problems through the questions of others. But now I have a question of my own and I was hoping you all could help.

 

  I have $600-$700 (Canadian) to spend. I play Civilization VI and X-Com 2 and my two goals are to play nicely at high settings and to significantly shorten the loading screen times, which for Civ VI are 2 minutes! I can use only one hand so I don't need to be able to run shooter type games.

 

  Here's my system now:

 

[CPU]        AMD Phenom II X6 1100T (Thuban)
[Display]    AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series
[Memory]  8 gb Single-channel DDR3 1333Mhz
[Storage]   A hard drive

 

  And here's what I'm thinking of changing:

 

[CPU] AMD FX-6300 3.5 Ghz 6-Core

[Display] Gigabyte GeForce 1060 Windforce OC 6Gb

[Memory] 8 gb Single-channel DDR3 1333Mhz

[Storage] A hard drive and  Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5" 6Gb/s

 

  My two questions are: Are these good changes to make? And will these work with my Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard.

 

Thanks so much to anyone who can take the time to help!



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Posted 14 December 2016 - 02:04 PM

Xcom 2 is poorly optimized game so it runs quite badly even on some high end machines. And to be honest, it's totally crappy game on every aspect except graphics and IMO most overrated turn based "game" ever. I'm fan of turn based games and can give you examples of much better turn based games if you want.

 

As for running those games:

 

- GPU is somewhat OK for turn based games in general. If you still want better, consider Radeon RX 470 instead.

 

- FX-6300 is around same class as P II X6 1100T so I don't consider that change an upgrade.

 

- Samsung 850 Evo is using TLC NAND that has proven to be unreliable in the past. I recommend something better like Crucial BX100 or A-Data Premier Pro SP600.



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Posted 14 December 2016 - 06:38 PM

[CPU]        AMD Phenom II X6 1100T (Thuban)

 

[CPU] AMD FX-6300 3.5 Ghz 6-Core

The FX-6300 is weaker then the Phenom you're using. AMD really messed up with the AM3+ FX series. 


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Posted 14 December 2016 - 06:59 PM

Thanks for your help, guys! It's greaatly appreciated.



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Posted 16 December 2016 - 02:12 PM

In my opinion, the graphics on XCOM 2 don't look a whole lot better once you start going above medium.

 

Xcom 2 is poorly optimized game so it runs quite badly even on some high end machines. And to be honest, it's totally crappy game on every aspect except graphics and IMO most overrated turn based "game" ever. I'm fan of turn based games and can give you examples of much better turn based games if you want.

 

As for running those games:

 

- GPU is somewhat OK for turn based games in general. If you still want better, consider Radeon RX 470 instead.

 

- FX-6300 is around same class as P II X6 1100T so I don't consider that change an upgrade.

 

- Samsung 850 Evo is using TLC NAND that has proven to be unreliable in the past. I recommend something better like Crucial BX100 or A-Data Premier Pro SP600.

 

A 1060 6GB outclasses the RX 470. A comparable GPU would be the RX 480 but both of those cards are more than enough for 1080p (Unless we're talking about XCOM 2 :mellow: ). On another note, I quite enjoyed XCOM 2 although I feel that the RNG does play a significantly larger part in the game as opposed to other turn based games and even the predecessor, XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I'd much prefer it if I could complete Commander Ironman without missing those 95% shots...

 

Back on to topic, you could add parts around the MOBO on this site to see whether they are compatiable https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/2nzWJV Just make sure the compatibility filter is on.



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Posted 16 December 2016 - 04:00 PM

RDX 470 is cheaper and good for very large majority (95% or so) of turn based games. XCom 2 has no free rotating camera so it does not need much power from video card. First I would change SSD and keep video card upgrade until turn based games really need good graphics.

XCom 2 has same problem that plagues Blackguards. It's not skill, it's pure luck. Because of RNG and lack of units/actions yes. Another problem are XCom 2's skills (like Serial or Ruler reaction) that essentially mean XCom 2 is NOT turn based game.

As for compatibility, listed parts are compatible.




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