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September 1, 2013 11:42:18 PM

Hello fellow Gamer's and PC Enthusiasts

I currently have a gaming PC that currently suits all my needs and have had for over a year now. Now with the next gen of games coming through in the next couple of months, I've done some research in what specifications that will be needed to run these games on high even ultra. This where I turn to to find out mostly about PC builds and hardware configurations. Im not very big on hardware, even though im in university studying software. I can never keep up with the changing products of hardware itself. I post here today to see if you guys can help me out with replacing some hardware in my current gaming PC. I'm obviously thinking a suitable RAM and processor upgrade maybe motherboard. However I would like to also mention that I am in need a new case since the one I currently have is good, however the cable management is poor. Also I am an Australian so if I could get some recommendations in Australian prices that will be helpful , but if not I can always search it up on the Australian market.

MY PC:

CPU: Intel I5-3550 3.30GHz LGA115
Motherboard: ASUS P8B75-M
GPU: HD7770 1gb 1GHz Edition
HDD: Western Digital 2.TB SATA
Disk Drive: LG Blue Ray 12x CH12LS28
PSU: Huntkey 500w
Case: Huntkey A501 Silver Black Case
RAM: G.Skill DDR 12800 8GB (1 stick)
SSD: 840 Samsung 120GB

Example of Next gen game:
<b>Battlefield 4 system requirements</b>

The minimum PC system requirements for Battlefield 4 are expected to be:
Dual core CPU (Intel Core i5 or AMD “Bulldozer”).
At least 2 GB main system memory
Graphics card with at least 256 MB of VRAM and support for DirectX 10
20+ GB of harddrive space
Windows Vista

<b>Recommended system requirements</b>

The recommended PC system requirements for optimal visual quality and frame rates:
Quad core CPU (Intel Core i5 or i7) at 3 Ghz
4 GB memory (8 GB for 64-bit operating systems)
A modern DX11 graphics card with 1 GB of video memory, GeForce 600 series or Radeon 7000 series
Windows 7 64-bit operating system (Windows 8 is supported as well)
20+ GB of free harddrive space

source: http://bf4central.com/battlefield-4-system-requirements...

Thank you guys for taking the time to help me. God Bless

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a b 4 Gaming
September 1, 2013 11:44:59 PM

Priority upgrade should be your graphics card.
What resolution do you game at?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 1, 2013 11:59:55 PM

honestly you dont need a full rebuild, id recommend getting 2 matching sticks of ram (like on new egg, they sell kits in 2x4gb, 2x8gb) since your mobo/cpu can run dual channel you will notice a ~5% increase in performance. Next would be the PSU you have considering its a OEM brand name and i don't know much else about it, a upgrade to a brand name with a good reputation (you sitll wont need over 600-700W to futureproof yourself for awhile) like corsair or seasonic and try to find a modular psu, it will save you from the clutter mess of cable management and free up airspace in you case to keep things cool. And lastly a videocard would be the final piece. the 7770 you have is good for entry level gaming, and can run most games out there right now on medium settings without too much of a hassle. Depending on budget look for 7870 that happens to be on sale depending where you live you can find them for less then $180, now if you have more change in your pocket look at the 7950-7970 going on sale for around $280. You're cpu/mobo is fine, honestly unless you'd want to get into heavy overclocking upgrading you mobo and cpu would basically be a side-grade, you wouldn't gain much of anything for the price you would pay to upgrade.
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September 2, 2013 12:34:28 AM

Novuake said:
Priority upgrade should be your graphics card.
What resolution do you game at?


I game at 1080p

The games I usually run which is at ultra settings are Dota 2 , counter strike :GO, World of warcraft, battlefield 3, Fallout new vegas all maintaining 60 fps
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September 2, 2013 12:39:43 AM

HillBillyAsian said:
honestly you dont need a full rebuild, id recommend getting 2 matching sticks of ram (like on new egg, they sell kits in 2x4gb, 2x8gb) since your mobo/cpu can run dual channel you will notice a ~5% increase in performance. Next would be the PSU you have considering its a OEM brand name and i don't know much else about it, a upgrade to a brand name with a good reputation (you sitll wont need over 600-700W to futureproof yourself for awhile) like corsair or seasonic and try to find a modular psu, it will save you from the clutter mess of cable management and free up airspace in you case to keep things cool. And lastly a videocard would be the final piece. the 7770 you have is good for entry level gaming, and can run most games out there right now on medium settings without too much of a hassle. Depending on budget look for 7870 that happens to be on sale depending where you live you can find them for less then $180, now if you have more change in your pocket look at the 7950-7970 going on sale for around $280. You're cpu/mobo is fine, honestly unless you'd want to get into heavy overclocking upgrading you mobo and cpu would basically be a side-grade, you wouldn't gain much of anything for the price you would pay to upgrade.


Well i was looking at getting another 8gb stick of the g.skill. Yeah I was thinking my CPU would last however I heard next gen games are mostly well played on an i7 becuase they take full advantage of the multi threads. However I see your point how it can be a side-upgrade. I was also thinking with the GPU i could run another 7770. however i am also on the look out for 7970 in my price range. Kind of budgeted due to university commitments. Any thoughts on my mother board? do you think it take full advantage of what ill need and the upgrades that will come , or should I get something that will be more suited for next gen gaming.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2013 1:02:17 AM

janoslive said:
HillBillyAsian said:
honestly you dont need a full rebuild, id recommend getting 2 matching sticks of ram (like on new egg, they sell kits in 2x4gb, 2x8gb) since your mobo/cpu can run dual channel you will notice a ~5% increase in performance. Next would be the PSU you have considering its a OEM brand name and i don't know much else about it, a upgrade to a brand name with a good reputation (you sitll wont need over 600-700W to futureproof yourself for awhile) like corsair or seasonic and try to find a modular psu, it will save you from the clutter mess of cable management and free up airspace in you case to keep things cool. And lastly a videocard would be the final piece. the 7770 you have is good for entry level gaming, and can run most games out there right now on medium settings without too much of a hassle. Depending on budget look for 7870 that happens to be on sale depending where you live you can find them for less then $180, now if you have more change in your pocket look at the 7950-7970 going on sale for around $280. You're cpu/mobo is fine, honestly unless you'd want to get into heavy overclocking upgrading you mobo and cpu would basically be a side-grade, you wouldn't gain much of anything for the price you would pay to upgrade.


Well i was looking at getting another 8gb stick of the g.skill. Yeah I was thinking my CPU would last however I heard next gen games are mostly well played on an i7 becuase they take full advantage of the multi threads. However I see your point how it can be a side-upgrade. I was also thinking with the GPU i could run another 7770. however i am also on the look out for 7970 in my price range. Kind of budgeted due to university commitments. Any thoughts on my mother board? do you think it take full advantage of what ill need and the upgrades that will come , or should I get something that will be more suited for next gen gaming.


Basically what you want to do is just upgrade the components that will benifit you the most while costing the least. Again you're cpu and mobo are not ancient core 2 duos or pentium 4s. You wont see much of a change if you were to upgrade your CPU considering the new haswells don't offer much of anything unless you overclock over what you have now, and even then your blowing 400+ just to get it and a mobo that will work with it. Now for getting another 7770, it isnt worth it, a single better gpu reduces the chance of stutter in games using xfire/sli. most games still are not set up for it and it makes alot more heat. Id recommend a 7850,7870,7950,7970 just choose one somewhere in the range of your price, and make sure you check them all because you might find a brand of 7870 is cheaper then another brand making a 7850. As for multithread mumbojumbo that for the most part is true and false, sure some games will push the envelope but what most makers will do is try to get by on what they know most of thier consumers have. Heck most games even know don't utilize more then 2 cores, so don't even worry about it.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2013 1:07:13 AM

At 1080p you should really consider at least a GTX760 or HD7950 @ just over 200$.

The rest of your system is decent, but matching RAM as suggested above makes a lot of sense.

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September 2, 2013 1:22:00 AM

Well what I have found is an
Aerocool GT-500SG 500W 80 PLUS Gold Modular priced at $110
Another ram g.skill RAM stick is $60
and im researching the different AMD graphic cards atm to see what would be the best of me

looks like this upgrade is going to be as cheap as I though it would be. Thank you so much !!
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a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2013 1:26:55 AM

janoslive said:
Well what I have found is an
Aerocool GT-500SG 500W 80 PLUS Gold Modular priced at $110
Another ram g.skill RAM stick is $60
and im researching the different AMD graphic cards atm to see what would be the best of me

looks like this upgrade is going to be as cheap as I though it would be. Thank you so much !!


That aerocool is horribly oaverpriced and probably bad quality.

Here : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-hcg520m
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a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2013 1:31:14 AM

Novuake said:
janoslive said:
Well what I have found is an
Aerocool GT-500SG 500W 80 PLUS Gold Modular priced at $110
Another ram g.skill RAM stick is $60
and im researching the different AMD graphic cards atm to see what would be the best of me

looks like this upgrade is going to be as cheap as I though it would be. Thank you so much !!


That aerocool is horribly oaverpriced and probably bad quality.

Here : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-hcg520m


He's from down under, and no Aerocool is a reputable brand that makes high end psu's and some OEM psus for Dell
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September 2, 2013 1:37:07 AM

yeah I am from Australia so our prices are higher then yours.

For e.g

cost $20 for a packet of cigarettes

@hillBillyAsian

So you reckon go with the Aerocool?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2013 1:50:05 AM

Well that Aerocool is made by HEC, which does make some good units, but their lower cost units are generally crappy. Unfortunately I do not know anything about that specific model other than its made by HEC.

Personally would not chance it.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 2, 2013 3:15:33 AM

janoslive said:
yeah I am from Australia so our prices are higher then yours.

For e.g

cost $20 for a packet of cigarettes

@hillBillyAsian

So you reckon go with the Aerocool?


make sure it has a warranty, but otherwise youd be good to go
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