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I seek advice on upgrading some hardware for my gaming rig!


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#1 RhysThomas

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 01:04 AM

I think its about that time for an upgrade? All these parts were bought in 2014 (Besides the graphics card and PSU) and they still all work flawlessly and never have let me down to be fair its served me very well.

 

I was wondering if its a good time to upgrade. (Strictly gaming and entertainment computer)

 

As far i know i won't really be able to upgrade my RAM or CPU unless i also upgrade the motherboard. i am very tempted to buy a 1080ti. as i think my CPU is still not reaching its full power in most games, but i could be wrong as the RAM is pretty outdated also.

Considering if i have to upgrade the Motherboard/CPU/RAM. i would not be seeing much improvement for the money i would be spending. Again, i could be wrong and this is why i'm posting :)

 

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 01:10 AM

I can tell you for a fact you will want 16GB of RAM I'm running 8GB and I find I need more all the time.


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 01:26 AM

I can tell you for a fact you will want 16GB of RAM I'm running 8GB and I find I need more all the time.

I will definitely be getting another 8gb if i decide not to upgrade the other parts first! The problem is my MB can only support DDR3 and there are limited options for that now. I'm wondering if i should wait on upgrading RAM until a new motherboard. Hmmmm choices choices!!


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 11:30 AM

I cannot see much reason to upgrade anything. Video card and memory perhaps but considering current prices, no.

What monitor you are using?

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 01:09 PM

I cannot see much reason to upgrade anything. Video card and memory perhaps but considering current prices, no.

What monitor you are using?

 

I thought the same thing regarding prices. Its kinda ridiculous right now.

 

Here's the main monitor i'm using - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01BFH1FL4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1



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Posted 14 October 2017 - 01:42 PM

Since that monitor supports Freesync, AMD GPU is much better choice.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 02:07 PM

Since that monitor supports Freesync, AMD GPU is much better choice.

 

I don't really want to be locked into any manufacture to be honest, from i hear Freesync just makes lower frame rates looks smoother and i rarely drop below 60FPS

 

AMD's current top performer is only as good as the 1080 and more expensive. If i were to get a 1080ti being around 24% more powerful than VEGA, Wouldn't that be worth it or should i still go for AMD? I've not actually experienced Free-sync either. 



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Posted 14 October 2017 - 04:52 PM

How much are you willing to spend? You may also want to wait for Zen 2 since your computer is still fast compared to modern systems and upgrading now might not be a big difference.


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Posted 15 October 2017 - 01:30 PM

Since that monitor supports Freesync, AMD GPU is much better choice.

 
I don't really want to be locked into any manufacture to be honest, from i hear Freesync just makes lower frame rates looks smoother and i rarely drop below 60FPS
 
AMD's current top performer is only as good as the 1080 and more expensive. If i were to get a 1080ti being around 24% more powerful than VEGA, Wouldn't that be worth it or should i still go for AMD? I've not actually experienced Free-sync either.


Freesync is worth it so unless you want to buy new monitor, AMD is way to go. Freesync is very useful feature.

AMD's Vega 56 is pretty good card, unless you are playing very old games (anything less than games made for Vulkan/DirectX 12). On new games, Vega is fast as you can see on Forza 7.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 09:33 AM

To be honest you are fine with what you have, your specs are still well in line for modern gaming.

The only thing I would do is bump my RAM to 16 gigs so you can have some breathing room.

If windows 10 is bogging down reinstall it as I found that if you upgraded from windows 7 to 10 there are leftovers from windows 7.

Sure you could just not reinstall windows 10  and use other methods to do this but I find a clean install of windows 10 works wonders.

Have less apps running in the background

Use nvidia geforce experience for game optimization and you should be fine :D


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