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Help upgrading computer

Post by TempSoul » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:14 am

Hey guys just wanted some of your advice on getting some new parts for my computer which is currently having some worrying problems. Hoping to replace some of the parts to get the computer back into working condition.

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 965
Deneb 45nm Technology
RAM
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD 790FX-GD70(MS-7577) (CPU1)
Graphics
ATI Radeon HD 4850 (XFX Pine Group)

I'm low on cash at the moment and want this to be as cheap as possible. But not without compromising quality willing to take out some more student loans to make this work, considering I've paid all the 20k I owed during my year break I'm fine with taking out some more.

From what I was thinking I was hoping to just get a new motherboard, cpu, and another stick of 4gbs of ram. Opinions and advice? FYI I kind of know how to put a computer together but still I haven't put much thought into hardware in years so I really don't know anything
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Re: Help upgrading computer

Post by Neelpos » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:24 am

Don't buy another stick of RAM to pair with your current, upgrade, that thing's pretty slow by todays standards, especially compared to the rest of your system. Your Graphics card should still be holding up well, it's a powerful one, though your monitor seems almost like it's wasting that power and onboard memory, 1280x1024 is pretty darn tiny. Your processor should be solid too. Overall though I have pretty similar specs (AMD 970 black edition, GTX 480, 4GB @ 1800mhz) and still power through most modern games with high settings, so it seems to me upgrading anything other than your RAM (and your monitor if you want to run 1080p, which most decent sized monitors run these days) would be more luxury than necessity, which I'd imagine isn't something you're looking for.
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Re: Help upgrading computer

Post by jermm » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:35 am

There are a few big questions going into nextgen.

CPU: will 8 slower AMD cores be better than 4 Intel cores? i7 vs i5?

GPU: is AMD going to fuck nvidia because they got the consoles? Is BF4 going to run 2x as well on AMD after the mantle update?

In conclusion: we are about to be fucked when games don't need to have a token 360/PS3 version (BF4, Watch-underscore-Dogs, Titanfall).
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Re: Help upgrading computer

Post by TempSoul » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:40 am

Considering what Neel just said It might be my ram that's been causing a lot of my issues and problems. When my new hard-drive comes in the mail that will probably fix most issues. Any opinions on decent priced and good ram, all I understand is more ram the better not sure how compatibility works?

Is the current nextgen consoles really all that similar to creating games on a pc?
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Re: Help upgrading computer

Post by Neelpos » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:45 am

If you're running a 32 bit OS don't even bother getting more than 4, otherwise feel free to expand, but considering your budget maybe 8 would be a good point to shoot for. As for speed oh god 666mhz is fairly slow, try to aim closer to 1600mhz or higher if you want a more modernized system. Personally I'm a fan of Crucial RAM but Corsair and Patriot aren't bad choices either. Jermm is right though, the jump to the new consoles is going to hit PC's hard, as suddenly games will be running on not-7-years-old hardware, and it's kind of up in the air at the moment, so I'd probably save any huge upgrades for when we know what's what.
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Re: Help upgrading computer

Post by Struan » Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:48 am

If you know what motherboard/CPU combo you're going for then the Crucial website is the best for comparing RAM and SSD's and will show you what is compatible.
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Re: Help upgrading computer

Post by GustavG » Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:11 pm

I actualy need something new to upgrade my pc i am tired of low fps when i play games like bf4
I am using a windows 8 64-bit from Medion
Processor: AMD A 10-5700 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
I have been told that i just need a new graph card is this true?
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Re: Help upgrading computer

Post by jermm » Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:31 pm

You might need a beefier power supply, as even a mid-range GPU could double your power needs. An AMD 270x is 190W, a 660Ti is 150W.
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Re: Help upgrading computer

Post by scobywhru » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:04 pm

If you have a reasonable 400-450w PSU you won't likely need a new one, if it is a cheap one it might cause issues as it ages.
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