Hey guys =) Thanks for taking the time to read this!!
So I need to re-unite myself with my hardcore gaming side again after a very long year! And of course I need a system that I can let roam to max settings on available games...
So this is my problem, I had a monster of a PC as a gift 4 and a half years ago which I've been using, but its not liking starcraft 2 on anything higher than medium settings at 1920x1080 (mainly the lighting stuff)... I'm no tech idiot and I've got a feeling it can be saved, but I'd much love some top advice from the true experts ^^
I was thinking of buying a new graphics card (Radeon HD 7890 2GB or so?) to replace the old one (I think there is only one x16 PCI slot), and a small SSD to keep my games and windows on for quick loading (64GB or so?).
Budget wise, I'm at a cap of around £300 ish for upgrading... Would prefer to stay in the 'best bang for buck' range, 40FPS on any game on any setting would leave me a happy ^^
If the setup can' be upgraded, or it's pointless to upgrade, my student loan comes through in a few months if you think it's worth the wait =)
Here are the specs from the invoice
Power - 550W PSU
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 920 Quad AM2+ (2.8GHz, 8MB Cache)
Motherboard - ASUS M4A78 Pro AMD Socket AM2+ Phenom ATX Mainboard
I'll order the card you recommended today then, thanks =)
Yer I'm pretty sure it has a PCEI 16x slot, but only one of them.
Sorry, what do you mean by PCIe 3.0, a new type of PCIE x16 slot? How much will it limit me in the long run?
PCIe 3.0 or PCIe Gen 3 is the latest generation in PCIe technology. It's the same slot, just more bandwidth. As far as I know, the performance gain is marginal, but might get wider when we start getting to newer, more powerful cards.