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I am upgrading my desktop and I want to know how well it will run games.

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April 16, 2013 8:51:52 PM

So, the desktop I currently am using is very old and way past overdue. A friend has suggested that instead of buying a new desktop that I just build one. This is what I plan on doing and I was just wondering if I was going in the right direction with this. I would like this computer to be able to run games smoothly. On my old desktop I am getting about 6 fps on Guild Wars 2 and it is unbearable. I have created a rough draft of what I think I want to put in it. Any help is welcome and appreciated! Also, my computer knowledge is not the best so if I have listed anything wrong let me know so I can fix it!


Processor: AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0 Ghz Turbo) 8 core processor
RAM: 8GB
Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce GT 630
OS: Probably Windows 8
April 16, 2013 9:01:13 PM

You need to spend more on your GPU if you're upgrading for gaming. GTX 650 would be the minimum, IMO - and the FX-6300 will perform similarly in games.
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April 16, 2013 9:04:21 PM

Okay as far as building a "Gaming" PC, you need to focus on the best GPU (graphics card) that you can afford. This will give you the best gaming experience possible. Of coarse you need other parts to be good too, but that is where you need to start.

The GPU you selected is quite weak, so I'll suggest a build for you:

~$600 build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($135.08 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($187.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $633.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-16 23:58 EDT-0400)

~$800 build

Upgraded CPU, Mobo, Case, PSU, & GPU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.15 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($58.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $792.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 00:02 EDT-0400)


~$800 Intel build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($58.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $813.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 00:03 EDT-0400)

You can decide which works for you. It all depends on your budget. We can tailor your system to your budget and needs, just let us know what you would like.
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April 16, 2013 11:43:21 PM

As others said you need a better GPU. The FX-8350 is a very good CPU for gaming and would work quite well.

As for a GPU I would go with atleast a GTX 660 or AMD/ATI 7870 or better.
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April 18, 2013 6:17:03 PM

Yep. :D  GPU You've got everything else right.
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