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#1 OhYeahMrKrabs

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 02:25 AM

Hi y'all I've had this PC since 2011 and i'm kinda iffy on what i need to get to get great performance. Keep in mind that this is a 2011 gaming desktop, here are the specs I've been working with. I would really appreciate any recommendations on what new parts i should be buying to get great performance on the latest games and software, i am only 16 and my job doesn't pay well so preferably parts that are affordable but pack a punch. Thanks everyone !!

Operating System
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
    Intel Core i5 2550K @ 3.40GHz   
    Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
RAM
    8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
    Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd. Z68A-D3H-B3 (Socket 1155)   
Graphics
    Acer G235H (1920x1080@60Hz)
    1023MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (EVGA)   
Storage
    931GB Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Y9A0 ATA Device (SATA)   
Optical Drives
    HP DVD Writer 1270t ATA Device
Audio
    Realtek High Definition Audio

(I just copied and pasted my specs right from speccy)



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#2 Drillingmachine

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 03:13 AM

Power supply manufacturer and model?

Buy used and cheap (and I mean cheap) i7-2600K CPU and wait until video card prices drop. Perhaps add more memory.

If that is not enough, you'll need new computer. DVD and hard disc (possibly case and PSU too) can be used on that new computer.

Edited by Drillingmachine, 05 August 2017 - 03:13 AM.


#3 Gareth26

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 12:18 PM

As long as you have about 650watt's of power supplying your peripherals then that is good. The RAM would be my first port of call, then if you do upgrade say the graphics card in future then you'd still have that nice upgraded RAM there ready and waiting. DDR3 at 1600MHz would be nice for you I guess....maybe save for a couple of weeks and perhaps someone in the family would throw some cash your way for being responsible. After that, after some time and a build up of cash you might want to change your graphics card but see what the RAM improvement brings, it is THE standout in your spec's list that would be bottlenecking.

 

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 12:23 PM

By the way, you may want to check your BIOS to see if the RAM you currently have installed is running in Ganged or Unganged mode, seems to be possibly running unganged present, if it is then switch back to Ganged to give you 1333MHz. Try this first and see if it helps. If not then you are on the road to new 1600Mhz.

 

 

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Edited by Gareth26, 05 August 2017 - 12:28 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 03:15 PM

What the others have said. Wait for graphics card prices to stabilize out again, and then buy a Nvidia GTX 1060, AMD RX 470, RX 570, RX 480, or RX 580 for no more then 220$ USD (or 190$ for the 470/570). 

 

Everything else is honestly fine. Anything that'd really require more RAM would also need a stronger CPU, and the strongest CPU that'd fit it wouldn't cut it. So I wouldn't buy the 2700k, but I would overclock the 2500k, that's already in it, as far as it'll go. Would pick up a "Sycthe Ninja 4" for 40$, slap it on there, and push it to the limits. Crank up the voltage, and try and make it hit 5Ghz.

 

The "Sycthe Ninja 4" performs as well as a lot for 70$ -100$ coolers, but for half the price. It won't fit most computer cases, but if your desperate to get as much performance out of it as possible for as little as possible- I don't think you'd care if you had to leave your computer cases side panel off for the rest of its life.

 

This is all assuming you're comfortable with overclocking. If not, just get one of the graphics cards mentioned.  


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 06:25 PM

why not address your systems biggest bottleneck - your HDD.

for the smallest cost and the greatest boost, get a SSD.

depending on your current space usage, and what you'd want to put on any new SSD, you could probably get away with a 128GB unit, or maybe lash out and get a 256GB one for future-proofing.

anything higher is probably currently out of your price range.

 

then you could either clone the current drive onto the SDD using, say, Macruim Reflect Free, or bite the bullet and get another performance gain by doing a fresh install onto the new drive.


Instead of reading this, why not do a backup of your PC.

You won't regret it.


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Posted 06 August 2017 - 05:01 AM

Power supply manufacturer and model?

Buy used and cheap (and I mean cheap) i7-2600K CPU and wait until video card prices drop. Perhaps add more memory.

If that is not enough, you'll need new computer. DVD and hard disc (possibly case and PSU too) can be used on that new computer.

 

Good call, as the 2600K ties the R7-1700 in a few games....it lalso trails in some by 20%, but...who cares about percentages, ...right??

 

http://media.gamersnexus.net/images/media/2017/CPUs/1700/r7-1700-battlefield_1.png

 

The 1700 pulls off decisive 10 fps victories in BF1/1080P over the i3 and i5-2600k, almost a full 9% victory..


Edited by MDD1963, 06 August 2017 - 05:23 AM.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 05:27 AM

The GTX1050 might provide a nice gaming boost....at moderate prices....

 

(An SSD would be great for general system responsiveness opening/closing programs, boot/shutdown times, etc., but does little for actual measured gaming performance beyond speeding the time loading into a level...)


Edited by MDD1963, 06 August 2017 - 05:36 AM.

Asus Z270A Prime/7700K/32 GB DDR4-3200/GTX1060





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