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#1 Polacoo

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 10:01 AM

To start, my friend made me my computer 3 years ago. Now it is running slow, and I wanted to improve on some parts, but I do not have much knowledge on the subject, so I wanted to know what you guys think. Here I leave information that I took from a perfomance test: (sorry for my english)

---SUMMARY SYSTEM INOFORMATION-----------------------------------------------------------------

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 build 7601 (64-bit)
CPU Type: AMD FX-8320 Eight-Core 
Number of CPUs: 1
Cores per CPU: 4
Hyperthreading: Not capable
Motherboard: GA-990FXA-UD5
Memory: 8GB Kingston DDR3 SDRAM
Videocard: AMD Radeon HD 7770
Hard Drive: TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 (1TB)

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I dont have a lot of money to do a huge upgrade.

Thank you for your time.


Edited by hamluis, 28 January 2017 - 11:29 AM.
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Posted 27 January 2017 - 11:11 AM

Welcome to Bleeping Computer.

 

Moving the Operating System to a Solid State Drive (SSD) would probably be the least expensive upgrade.  I don't recommend anything smaller than 120GB or you end up spending all of your time trying to free up space on the drive.



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:48 PM

What do you usually do with your computer and do you have a particular budget?



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 12:55 PM

Welcome to Bleeping Computer.

 

Moving the Operating System to a Solid State Drive (SSD) would probably be the least expensive upgrade.  I don't recommend anything smaller than 120GB or you end up spending all of your time trying to free up space on the drive.

 

Thank you, i will be learning about SSD.

 

 

What do you usually do with your computer and do you have a particular budget?

 

I usually play games, mostly the new ones, and i have around 250 USD 



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 01:04 PM

Looks like an SSD/GPU upgrade. Your RAM and CPU are fine. 


Edited by hamluis, 03 February 2017 - 03:12 PM.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 01:44 PM


I was researching, and found this for 250, but is used:   MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card.
Also i dont know if i have to buy a better cooler or something like that


Edited by hamluis, 03 February 2017 - 03:13 PM.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 01:55 PM

How much can you find an RX 480 for? They're both about the same performance but you may be able to find one for the same price but brand new.


Edited by hamluis, 28 January 2017 - 02:58 PM.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:25 PM

Yes, you are right, is worth around 250 brand new, it has a little less performance, but is much better that the one i have. Thank you very much, anyways i will be researching a bit more, in meantime i keep learning.

 

EDIT: i found this one: GeForce GTX 1060, its 15 or 20 more expensive, have 2gb less video memory, but i think is better, what do u think?


Edited by hamluis, 28 January 2017 - 02:59 PM.


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 04:26 AM

Between the 1060 6GB and the RX 480 8GB, the 1060 is a little better.

 

The other way round is the 1060 3GB and the RX 480 4GB. These two are cheaper with minimal performance loss but the RX 480 is the better choice between those. It goes like this:

 

1060 3GB > RX 480 4GB > RX 480 8GB > 1060 6GB



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 10:31 AM

So u did a price/perfomance to see whichs better?

i mean i have specs of both 1060 and it only change in:

------------------3gb---------------6gb-----

Base Clock: 1506 MHZ -----> 1607 MHZ

Boost Clock: 1708 MHz -----> 1835 MHz

CUDA Cores: 1152 -----------> 1280

 

I dont know if that is a lot or almost nothing. They have 60USD of difference


Edited by hamluis, 28 January 2017 - 03:00 PM.


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 10:34 AM

Yep, it's a bit of a rip off really, you get a 5% - 10% increase in performance for $50. This is why you get an RX 480 4 GB which is only a tad weaker than the 1060 3GB but has an extra GB of VRAM.


Edited by hamluis, 28 January 2017 - 03:00 PM.


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 11:03 AM

The thing is that the RX 480 has base/boost clock of 1260/1310MHz, with the core of 2300. 

I checked the titan x, and the clock doesnt go more than 1600 but the core has almost 3600 (is just to compare what has to be one of the best).

 

------------------------1060-----------------------RX480----

----------------3gb------------6gb---------------4gb/8gb-----

Base Clock: 1506 MHZ -----> 1607 MHZ ----------> 1266 MHz

Boost Clock: 1708 MHz -----> 1835 MHz ----------> 1316 MHz

CUDA Cores: 1152 -----------> 1280 -----------------> 2304

 

That's the 4 in mind, the thing is if is better more clock or more core for gaming

 

EDIT: RX480 has a lenght of 276mm way more than the amd 7770 (the one i have now) 224mm. The 1060 has an option of one fan so its 173mm


Edited by hamluis, 28 January 2017 - 03:02 PM.


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 11:19 AM

Here is a benchmark http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1060-3GB-vs-AMD-RX-480/3646vs3634


Edited by hamluis, 28 January 2017 - 03:07 PM.


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 02:35 PM

The thing is that the RX 480 has base/boost clock of 1260/1310MHz, with the core of 2300. 
I checked the titan x, and the clock doesnt go more than 1600 but the core has almost 3600 (is just to compare what has to be one of the best).
 
------------------------1060-----------------------RX480----
----------------3gb------------6gb---------------4gb/8gb-----
Base Clock: 1506 MHZ -----> 1607 MHZ ----------> 1266 MHz
Boost Clock: 1708 MHz -----> 1835 MHz ----------> 1316 MHz
CUDA Cores: 1152 -----------> 1280 -----------------> 2304
 
That's the 4 in mind, the thing is if is better more clock or more core for gaming
 
EDIT: RX480 has a lenght of 276mm way more than the amd 7770 (the one i have now) 224mm. The 1060 has an option of one fan so its 173mm


There are no Cuda cores on any AMD GPU's. You cannot compare specs between different architectures so forget comparisons like that. If you ask me, RX-series is miles better as it's optimized for new technologies while Nvidia's GPU's are made for DirectX 11 that's years old.

Video card length depends on card manufacturer, not GPU. From RX-series, RX470 is also choice to consider.

Edited by Drillingmachine, 28 January 2017 - 02:35 PM.


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Posted 28 January 2017 - 02:52 PM

Thank you that page help me a lot.

 

 

Oh, thanks, you were right, i was looking at the MSI one, that wasnt compatible with my motherboard. i checked in this page:

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/?compatible_with=gigabyte-motherboard-ga990fxaud5#sort=d6&page=1&qq=1

 

and found that the sapphire it is compatible, which is 240mm


Edited by hamluis, 28 January 2017 - 03:09 PM.





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