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Old 07-14-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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Possible upgrades to current computer

I just started a steam account not too long ago and I'm slowly converting to PC gaming over console gaming.

I'm looking to possibly upgrade one or two items on my computer but I'm not really sure what to upgrade first or not. I'm probably looking at spending around $200 maximum for now and then later down the road some more.

Right now most games I've played before hand, World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2 and Diablo all run decent on medium to low settings, but I would like to increase my settings and also increase the time it takes for my comp to load and close the game.

My current comp is as follows:

Windows 7 64 bit
Motherboard: EVGA H55V 111-CD-E630-TR LGA 1156
CPU: Intel Core i3 530 @ 2.93GHz
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series
Memory: 2GB DDR3 (1 stick)
Power Supply: hec ACE-580UB 580W ATX12V

Any opinions on where I should invest my money would be great.

If I'm missing anything that should be part of my comp specs let me know too.

Thanks,
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:08 PM   #2
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What games do you plan on playing? And at what resolution? What amount of FPS will suit your needs? You could spend anywhere from $150 to $600 when upgrading a computer when considering the above.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:15 PM   #3
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Some games that interest me but I don't think I could run now are Left 4 Dead 2, L.A. Niore, Alan Wake...

My current screen resolution is 1680 x 1050.

I'm not 100% sure about the FPS, but I'd imagine having a constant 30fps wouldn't be too unreasonable?

I guess I should have stated I'd really like to know what would be the first thing I should consider upgrading.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:18 PM   #4
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What games do you plan on playing? And at what resolution? What amount of FPS will suit your needs? You could spend anywhere from $150 to $600 when upgrading a computer when considering the above.
For starters more ram and a new gpu but If you really want to upgrade you might want a new psu since it looks like a piece of crap. I had that same cpu, It'll do just fine for now. The motherboard is fine since its evga it's very stable, whats your budget for upgrading?
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:29 PM   #5
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Some games that interest me but I don't think I could run now are Left 4 Dead 2, L.A. Niore, Alan Wake...

My current screen resolution is 1680 x 1050.

I'm not 100% sure about the FPS, but I'd imagine having a constant 30fps wouldn't be too unreasonable?

I guess I should have stated I'd really like to know what would be the first thing I should consider upgrading.
Then I think I might have something for you: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116504
^This CPU may have an integrated GPU, but it's a good one. It should run many games on at least low.
And last, but definitely not least, you NEED at least 2 more GB of RAM in your PC if you have any hope of playing any of your games, which means you need to find out exactly what type of RAM you have and slap on another 2GB stick. Or, you could always replace yours with a 2x4GB pack.
EDIT: No offence to Emkryan, but if your PSU has held up thus far then you should be fine until you add in more new hardware than I stated.

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Old 07-14-2012, 08:31 PM   #6
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Video Card and Ram are the main weak point's and possibly the PSU but a HD7850 and 2 more gig of ram would do the trick and shouldn't need a new power supply...

AND there is no real need for a new CPU IMO at this stage..

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Old 07-14-2012, 08:33 PM   #7
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Then I think I might have something for you: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116504
^This CPU may have an integrated GPU, but it's a good one. It should run many games on at least low.
And last, but definitely not least, you NEED at least 2 more GB of RAM in your PC if you have any hope of playing any of your games, which means you need to find out exactly what type of RAM you have and slap on another 2GB stick. Or, you could always replace yours with a 2x4GB pack.
EDIT: No offence to Emkryan, but if your PSU has held up thus far then you should be fine until you add in more new hardware than I stated.
With that CPU, he would also need a new motherboard, which would put it over budget.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:35 PM   #8
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Video Card and Ram are the main weak point's and possibly the PSU but a HD7850 and 2 more gig of ram would do the trick and shouldn't need a new power supply...

AND there is no real need for a new CPU IMO at this stage..
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With that CPU, he would also need a new motherboard, which would put it over budget.
Point taken.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:36 PM   #9
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I'm looking to possibly upgrade one or two items on my computer but I'm not really sure what to upgrade first or not. I'm probably looking at spending around $200 maximum for now and then later down the road some more.

Right now most games I've played before hand, World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2 and Diablo all run decent on medium to low settings, but I would like to increase my settings and also increase the time it takes for my comp to load and close the game.

My current comp is as follows:

Windows 7 64 bit
Motherboard: EVGA H55V 111-CD-E630-TR LGA 1156
CPU: Intel Core i3 530 @ 2.93GHz
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series
The 4600 series cards were always low-end, so video card would be my suggestion.
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:26 AM   #10
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tc get more system ram. 2gb is rather small 4-6 is ideal and will help a bit
from there get yourself an hd 7750 videocard to replace the 4670/4650/4670x2 (yes the 4670x2 does exist its basically a 3850x2 that needs less power).
finally if you got any money left to spend consider hunting down a ncie 1156/1136 socket cpu (varying on what your board support) as your basically running the 3rd worst cpu in that socket. i wouldnt settle for anything less than a core i5 7-series as going from a dual-core to a dual-core is meaningless.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:31 AM   #11
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I appreciate the feedback.

I'll do some shopping around for a Radeon HD 7000 series video card.

Any suggestion on what I should be looking at specifically for video cards? When I bought my current video card a friend of mine told me I should be set for most games, but at the time the only game I was playing was World of Warcraft.

Plus I'll grab some more memory. Thanks
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:06 AM   #12
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L4D2 should be decently playable even on that GPU.

More RAM is definately a Must, 4GB ATLEAST.

As for the GPU, get something decent, but try to keep it in line with the rest of your hardware.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:11 AM   #13
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First thing I would replace is the graphics card with something decent and I would choose a 6850. These can be had for $135-140 and perform better than the 7750/7770 for the price. As a second choice a 7770 would be ok. I think the 7750 is too down scale for 1680 resolution with shooters.

Then my second choice would depend upon how the graphics upgrade goes. I would run the graphics card for a while and make sure your power supply doesn't puke and the system runs stable. Then after a week or so of gaming use I would add another 2GB stick of ram or, if you are forced to go with a new power supply, because your hec supply decided to go belly up, then your second choice has been made for you.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:55 PM   #14
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Thanks for the additional input guys.

I was shopping around on Compusa and found these two guys:

http://www.compusa.com/applications/...007&CatId=3669

http://www.compusa.com/applications/...175&CatId=3669

Anybody have an opinion on which would be the better card? I'm having a little trouble telling the difference between the two.

Thanks again.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:04 PM   #15
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Thanks for the additional input guys.

I was shopping around on Compusa and found these two guys:

http://www.compusa.com/applications/...007&CatId=3669

http://www.compusa.com/applications/...175&CatId=3669

Anybody have an opinion on which would be the better card? I'm having a little trouble telling the difference between the two.

Thanks again.
The MSI has a slightly (40 MHz) faster core clock. I doubt you're going to notice a difference, and it's certainly not worth $30 more.
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