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July 12, 2013 10:16:29 AM

Hi, This is my first post on this Forum so here i go :) 

I currently have a Foxconn H61MXL/H61MXL-k Motherboard and i have an AMD Radeon HD 6670 Graphics card, 2TB Memory and an Intel Core i5 2320 Processor. MY question is that i bought this Pc for college and some casual gaming eg. TF2 but recently i wanted to try more high end games like GTA 4, BF3 etc but i have found out my PC isnt up to the task, if any of you could advise me on what would be the best upgrades for my PC it would be greatly appreciated :) 

Also i have seen a few people saying stuff like does your PC have PCI-E and yes my PC does have PCI-Express.

(If you need any extra info please ask me)

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a b V Motherboard
July 12, 2013 10:23:49 AM

What is your budget for a graphics card and PSU (the only two parts you need)?
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July 12, 2013 10:31:08 AM

jessterman21 said:
What is your budget for a graphics card and PSU (the only two parts you need)?


To be honest anything up to about 400-500 euro
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a b V Motherboard
July 12, 2013 10:38:58 AM

Well jeez - get yourself a nice 80plus certified 600w PSU and a GTX 770 or HD 7970.
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July 12, 2013 10:43:30 AM

jessterman21 said:
Well jeez - get yourself a nice 80plus certified 600w PSU and a GTX 770 or HD 7970.


Thanks Jester for the Quick replies :D 
Just a further question by the way you replied i may have been budgeting a tad excessively, in your personal opinion what would be the best upgrades for i dunno, say 250-300 euro (Its fine if you dont reply, just another question :)  )
Anyway thanks again for your replies Jester :D 
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a b V Motherboard
July 12, 2013 10:48:10 AM

What is the screen resolution?
Where do you live? The Eurozone is a BIG place!
What power supply is installed?
What are your expectations? You say 'casual gaming' so does that mean you do not want all the eye candy?
Current top pick would be the GTX760, I think a faster card would be held back by the CPU.
To get decent play but with reduced settings the GTX650Ti Boost or GTX660 would be the lowest I would go for, BF3 can be a demanding game!
Have a quick read here:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...

Depending on your location other cards in the same tier may be better value (here in the UK the GTX760 is a little cheaper than the HD7950 despite being a little faster for example).
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a b V Motherboard
July 12, 2013 11:06:27 AM

JasonL95 said:
Just a further question by the way you replied i may have been budgeting a tad excessively, in your personal opinion what would be the best upgrades for i dunno, say 250-300 euro (Its fine if you dont reply, just another question :)  )
Anyway thanks again for your replies Jester :D 


As stated above, the best would be a GTX 760 - and a 500w PSU.
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July 12, 2013 11:07:04 AM

coozie7 said:
What is the screen resolution?
Where do you live? The Eurozone is a BIG place!
What power supply is installed?
What are your expectations? You say 'casual gaming' so does that mean you do not want all the eye candy?
Current top pick would be the GTX760, I think a faster card would be held back by the CPU.
To get decent play but with reduced settings the GTX650Ti Boost or GTX660 would be the lowest I would go for, BF3 can be a demanding game!
Have a quick read here:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...

Depending on your location other cards in the same tier may be better value (here in the UK the GTX760 is a little cheaper than the HD7950 despite being a little faster for example).


Ok im a bit of a noob at PC stuff but here we go:
- Screen resolution is currently 1920 x 1080
- I live in Ireland
- Not sure on power supply (How can i check?)
- I started with casual gaming i would now like to be able to play the likes of BF3,BF4, GTA4 on preferably Ultra if thats possible, so yes i would like the eye candy :p )
- Also if the CPU would be held back is it possible to upgrade it?



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July 12, 2013 11:07:36 AM

jessterman21 said:
JasonL95 said:
Just a further question by the way you replied i may have been budgeting a tad excessively, in your personal opinion what would be the best upgrades for i dunno, say 250-300 euro (Its fine if you dont reply, just another question :)  )
Anyway thanks again for your replies Jester :D 


Thanks Jester :D 

As stated above, the best would be a GTX 760 - and a 500w PSU.


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a b V Motherboard
July 12, 2013 11:20:24 AM

Good.
Fairly standard hi-def monitor.
You lucky s*&.
Take the side panel off the case, there should be a label on the PSU telling all its guilty little secrets.
For Ultra go up to the GTX770/HD7970 class but I think 'merely' high or very high will do nicely ;) .
You can certainly upgrade the CPU:
http://www.game-debate.com/motherboard/index.php?mot_id... H61MXL-K
but I do n't think it's needed, the i5 installed is more than good enough.
Jesterman hit it on the head in his last post: The GTX760 is a very potent card, despite its 'reasonable' price, and a 500 Watt power supply, if needed, will be plenty, just stick to good names like: Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, FSP and XFX.
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July 12, 2013 11:27:02 AM

coozie7 said:
Good.
Fairly standard hi-def monitor.
You lucky s*&.
Take the side panel off the case, there should be a label on the PSU telling all its guilty little secrets.
For Ultra go up to the GTX770/HD7970 class but I think 'merely' high or very high will do nicely ;) .
You can certainly upgrade the CPU:
http://www.game-debate.com/motherboard/index.php?mot_id... H61MXL-K
but I do n't think it's needed, the i5 installed is more than good enough.
Jesterman hit it on the head in his last post: The GTX760 is a very potent card, despite its 'reasonable' price, and a 500 Watt power supply, if needed, will be plenty, just stick to good names like: Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, FSP and XFX.


Thank you for your reply kind sir :) 

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a b V Motherboard
July 12, 2013 11:28:56 AM

Do n't suck up unless you're going to give me the 'best answer' ;) . <joke.
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July 12, 2013 11:31:01 AM

coozie7 said:
Do n't suck up unless you're going to give me the 'best answer' ;) . <joke.


Well there you go :p 

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