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What should I upgrade on my PC for better gaming performance?

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March 18, 2013 3:00:27 AM

I can upgrade only ONE component at the time, so what do you people think? What should I upgrade?

System specs;
-ATI (Sapphire) Radeon HD 5670 1786MB GDDR5
-Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz
-2.1 GB RAM
-Windows 7 32bit

I was thinking about getting an ATI HD 7000series graphics card, my motherboard supports crossfire. -Will that greatly improve FPS in games such as Battlefield 3?
I play on low-medium settings on 1280x1024 resolution and get about 50-60 fps (sometimes it drops to 45 so it's not very smooth, and I want smooth gameplay).
Thanks!!!
a b 4 Gaming
March 18, 2013 3:07:11 AM

obviously the graphics card. but you should give us information on the power supply.
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March 18, 2013 3:15:18 AM

daza if your hard drive and ce-rom are sata...and you have a good size and newish power supply and case. I would go with a mb/cpu swap first. if you went with the amd apu cpu it have for the money a built in faster gpu. the cpu itself will be faster then your old system. the video card not bad it old but it still game ok with a good cpu for now. your gpu should be the last part you replace. If i was going to build a new gaming system i would on a tight $$ build see if there any part i can reuse. if there are none the i would put money in the bank and buy all the parts at once..the issue is if one is doa or bad how will you know after the 30 days have gone by to return it. I would keep my eye open on new egg and other computer web stores for there combo deals. with haswell and other newer cpu dropping this year and vendor like ati dropping new models of there video cards in the 7000 line up a lot of the older cards are going to drop in price.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 18, 2013 3:15:51 AM

daza if your hard drive and ce-rom are sata...and you have a good size and newish power supply and case. I would go with a mb/cpu swap first. if you went with the amd apu cpu it have for the money a built in faster gpu. the cpu itself will be faster then your old system. the video card not bad it old but it still game ok with a good cpu for now. your gpu should be the last part you replace. If i was going to build a new gaming system i would on a tight $$ build see if there any part i can reuse. if there are none the i would put money in the bank and buy all the parts at once..the issue is if one is doa or bad how will you know after the 30 days have gone by to return it. I would keep my eye open on new egg and other computer web stores for there combo deals. with haswell and other newer cpu dropping this year and vendor like ati dropping new models of there video cards in the 7000 line up a lot of the older cards are going to drop in price.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 18, 2013 3:16:04 AM

daza if your hard drive and ce-rom are sata...and you have a good size and newish power supply and case. I would go with a mb/cpu swap first. if you went with the amd apu cpu it have for the money a built in faster gpu. the cpu itself will be faster then your old system. the video card not bad it old but it still game ok with a good cpu for now. your gpu should be the last part you replace. If i was going to build a new gaming system i would on a tight $$ build see if there any part i can reuse. if there are none the i would put money in the bank and buy all the parts at once..the issue is if one is doa or bad how will you know after the 30 days have gone by to return it. I would keep my eye open on new egg and other computer web stores for there combo deals. with haswell and other newer cpu dropping this year and vendor like ati dropping new models of there video cards in the 7000 line up a lot of the older cards are going to drop in price.
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March 18, 2013 6:05:24 AM

Yea definitely new Gpu, but it's going to be held back by the rest of your components I fear...
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March 18, 2013 10:41:23 AM

swifty_morgan said:
obviously the graphics card. but you should give us information on the power supply.

Max combined wattage 725.4w, Peak load 850w.

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March 18, 2013 10:44:34 AM

Ponyface said:
Yea definitely new Gpu, but it's going to be held back by the rest of your components I fear...

I'm getting another 2GB of RAM so we can count that as 4GB of RAM memory. Also should I overclock my processor to 3,5GHz or should I get a new one? If so, what do you recommend? I need something cheap, but good.

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a b 4 Gaming
March 18, 2013 11:40:52 AM

get a good video card.

don't waste money on a 775 processor.

next step should be a complete rebuild(mobo-proc-ram)
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March 18, 2013 1:46:31 PM

swifty_morgan said:
get a good video card.

don't waste money on a 775 processor.

next step should be a complete rebuild(mobo-proc-ram)


Wow, I'm confused. Basically it's not worth upgrading my PC is that it? Or could I just get a new processor assuming my motherboard supports it (Gigabyte X38-DS4 Ultra Durable 2), or my power supply can't handle "the new stuff"? I just wanna know if its worth upgrading this PC.


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a b 4 Gaming
March 18, 2013 7:49:20 PM

1. a decent 775 quad core will cot too much. ( Q9550+ )

2. vague description of PS. would have taken you less time to write model/brand.

buy a whoop@ss video card to move over to a new build in the future.

save money.
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March 18, 2013 8:35:42 PM

I wouldn't bother with upgrading the GPU with that system to be honest. I wouldn't purchase anothe LGA775 CPU either. Even a GTX 460 will be bottlenecked by that CPU. A Core 2 Quad may buy some more room, but not a whole lot.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 18, 2013 10:29:04 PM

NCG-Sam said:
I wouldn't bother with upgrading the GPU with that system to be honest. I wouldn't purchase anothe LGA775 CPU either. Even a GTX 460 will be bottlenecked by that CPU. A Core 2 Quad may buy some more room, but not a whole lot.


you obviously missed the part about only being able to upgrade one component at a time.
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March 18, 2013 11:06:37 PM

swifty_morgan said:
NCG-Sam said:
I wouldn't bother with upgrading the GPU with that system to be honest. I wouldn't purchase anothe LGA775 CPU either. Even a GTX 460 will be bottlenecked by that CPU. A Core 2 Quad may buy some more room, but not a whole lot.


you obviously missed the part about only being able to upgrade one component at a time.


I just don't see him getting a significant amount of improvement by upgrading ANY single component on that system. No point in throwing away money if it isn't going to produce any results.
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March 18, 2013 11:16:30 PM

For games, Video Card it is :)  for PC's faster performance upgrade your RAM
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a b 4 Gaming
March 18, 2013 11:24:03 PM

NCG-Sam said:
swifty_morgan said:
NCG-Sam said:
I wouldn't bother with upgrading the GPU with that system to be honest. I wouldn't purchase anothe LGA775 CPU either. Even a GTX 460 will be bottlenecked by that CPU. A Core 2 Quad may buy some more room, but not a whole lot.


you obviously missed the part about only being able to upgrade one component at a time.


I just don't see him getting a significant amount of improvement by upgrading ANY single component on that system. No point in throwing away money if it isn't going to produce any results.


if you can't afford ( $$$ ) to upgrade a complete system, or you don't want to put forth so much money up front, buying components 1, 2, or 3 at a time is a viable option.
in the OP's case the video card is the single "weakest" part of the build. Getting that expense over quickly is the smartest thing to do.
A potent video card can cost as much or more than a new mobo-ram-cpu.
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