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4 year old gaming PC... Worth it to upgrade?

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July 28, 2013 11:42:58 PM

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

Memory - 8GB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (4 x 2GB)

HDD - 1TB Serial ATA 2 Hard Drive with 32MB Buffer (Samsung HD103SI ATA Device)

Graphics - 1GB ATI HD 4850 Graphics Accelerator - DVI, DIrectX 10.1 PCI Express 2

- 512MB Onboard ATI Radeon HD 3300 GPU - Hybrid CrossFireX Technology

(Can anyone explain WTF this is?)

Windows Experience Index
Processor - 7.2
Memory (RAM) - 7.4
Graphics - 7.3
Gaming Graphics - 7.3
Primary Hard Disk - 5.9

Thanks again! Let me know what you think!

*Edit - Misspelt some things

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July 29, 2013 10:47:54 AM

Thanks! So you reckon the processor is good enough to not bother worrying about? A card upgrade would be enough to get some good graphics rolling?

With the card you recommended, is there any way to check if it's compatible with my motherboard? Or should I not worry about that
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July 29, 2013 2:36:07 PM

TheN00bBuilder said:
Graphics Card; http://www.amazon.co.uk/VTX3D-Radeon-Edition-Graphics-E...

The other parts of the build are pretty nice.


He won't be able to utilize the full bandwidth of PCIe 3.0. The performance difference is pretty marginal but in the long run that might change.
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July 30, 2013 12:51:44 AM

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?
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July 30, 2013 12:57:47 AM

Subressor said:
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.
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July 30, 2013 3:58:24 AM

Interesting, ok so at the moment there's no real performance difference? Sweet, if there is any performance difference later along the line then that'll prompt a new PC build.

Ordered the card from amazon, so that should get this PC back in the decent graphics range then?

And for the SSD is there anything I need to be aware of, like a special connection or something? Or is it just as simple as it sounds and bang it in?
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