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August 9, 2013 1:18:45 PM

I am looking to upgrading my PC to play next-gen games at high - highest settings, but I am not sure where to start. I'm not sure whether my priority should be my processor, my video card, so I'm kind of at a loss at how to properly upgrade. Any recommendations would be fantastic. Also, my case isn't the largest thing in the world.

Here is my current rig:

RAM - 8 gb
Motherboard - MSI H55M-E23
Processor - Intel Core i7 CPU 870 2.93 GHz, 4 cores
Video card - AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series

This is my first time with this sort of thing so hopefully this is specific enough!

Thanks.

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August 9, 2013 1:22:02 PM

We need your budget first
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August 9, 2013 2:08:34 PM

Right off the bat I would think that you could pull off a graphics card upgrade. Check the Tom's graphics card hierarchy/recommendations as this would be a great source of info for an upgrade. Doing this would be a lot less costly than replacing the mobo, the CPU and paying for a new OS. You would also have one of the key components for when the time comes to upgrade the mobo, CPU & OS.
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August 10, 2013 6:20:06 AM

hang on, we can't go recommending hundreds of dollar graphics cards.

But i agree, a graphics card upgrade is probably required first then an upgrade from your good but aging CPU
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August 10, 2013 7:37:16 AM

This is true. He is asking a lot, he is going to need something from the 7900 series or GTX 670+ up
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August 10, 2013 8:20:57 AM

total budget ?
resolution ?
website ?
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August 10, 2013 9:26:38 AM

Haha sorry guys for the lack of info. 1920 x 1080 and I have a budget of about $500 to spend on the initial upgrade. Whether that's processor + Motherboard or GPU. Thanks for your patience and help!
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August 10, 2013 10:34:28 AM

That's what I was thinking, thanks for your help!
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August 17, 2013 7:15:43 PM

Hey quick question, if I purchase a 770 will it be bottlenecked by my processor/motherboard?

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August 17, 2013 11:41:55 PM

ChangeTheL1ghts said:
Hey quick question, if I purchase a 770 will it be bottlenecked by my processor/motherboard?



No, ur cpu is old but still a good gaming cpu it will not bottleneck
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August 18, 2013 12:36:17 AM

just upgrade your graphic card
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