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September 3, 2013 9:53:56 AM

Hello, guys.

I've recently downloaded DayZ game, and i really like it.

But i have some problems with it... I get absolutely horrible FPS in some locations. [~10 fps]

So i'm thinking to upgrade or buy a new computer that will last for 2 - 3 years.

My budget is around $500. [+/-300].


Theese are my specs:

CPU
You Have: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz

CPU Speed
You Have: 3.0 GHz Performance Rated at: 5.4 GHz

RAM
You Have: 4.1 GB

Video Card
You Have: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series [FRIED (Crashes at small load if fans are not on 100%).

Video RAM 2.7 GB

3D Yes
Hardware T&L Yes
Pixel Shader version 4.1
Vertex Shader version 4.1

So, should i upgrade or save for a new PC?

Thank you.

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a c 979 à CPUs
September 3, 2013 9:55:05 AM

New build is needed.

Save and build a brand new system.
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September 3, 2013 10:00:48 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
New build is needed.

Save and build a brand new system.

Okay. But what is the reason? Couldn't i save some money with stuff i already have? [Powersupply, RAM?]
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a c 979 à CPUs
September 3, 2013 10:04:31 AM

You will need to upgrade all components to game effectively.
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September 3, 2013 10:05:26 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
What PSU?

chieftec cft-600-14cs 600w

And MOBO: Asustek Computer INC p5q premium.


EDIT: Yes, i understand. But it would be cheaper any way.
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September 3, 2013 10:11:12 AM

Your PC is probably 5 or 6 years old, I would not put an old power supply into a brand new build and risk my new components.

The RAM is too old to be compatible with new motherboards.

If you have room for a double wide video card you could replace that old video card with a HD 7770 for about $100 and see significant improvement and you could carry it into the new build, at that time.
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September 3, 2013 10:33:45 AM

http://www.gaminggurupc.com/product-p/heliospremade.htm this build and the integrated GPU will allow you play DayZ, World of Warcraft, League of Legends, SWTOR, and many others. The FM2 socket motherboard will also allow you to upgrade in the future. You can also add a discreet GPU should you find the integrated GPU is not giving you the FPS you desire.
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September 3, 2013 10:41:20 AM

Apart from DayZ, what other games do you play? What other uses do you have for the system?
The upgrade suggestion:
Check this chart, it will show where your 48XX card falls relative to others.
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...
The installed CPU is not very strong by current standards but it should support a card up to the GTX650/HD7790, much more will be held back by the processor which will not be fast enough to keep it fed with data. Expect to pay upwards of $110 (US) for either the GTX650 or HD7790.
The other suggestion:
If you push the $800 budget you should be able to build a very strong, up-to-date system and could reuse: The HDD, DVD drive, case, PSU and possibly transfer your existing Windows licence to the new build. BUT we'll need to know which HDD is used and what version of Windows you're running.
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September 3, 2013 10:45:59 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1zzFV

After rebates this would be in your budget but i'd recommend saving up for a better video card if you want the build to last longer. A GTX 760 or a 7870 (depending on if you like the red team or the green team) would give you even better results. This is the best bang for the buck I could come up with in your current price range.
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September 3, 2013 11:29:49 AM

bkoop said:
Your PC is probably 5 or 6 years old, I would not put an old power supply into a brand new build and risk my new components.

The RAM is too old to be compatible with new motherboards.

If you have room for a double wide video card you could replace that old video card with a HD 7770 for about $100 and see significant improvement and you could carry it into the new build, at that time.


coozie7 said:
Apart from DayZ, what other games do you play? What other uses do you have for the system?
The upgrade suggestion:
Check this chart, it will show where your 48XX card falls relative to others.
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...
The installed CPU is not very strong by current standards but it should support a card up to the GTX650/HD7790, much more will be held back by the processor which will not be fast enough to keep it fed with data. Expect to pay upwards of $110 (US) for either the GTX650 or HD7790.
The other suggestion:
If you push the $800 budget you should be able to build a very strong, up-to-date system and could reuse: The HDD, DVD drive, case, PSU and possibly transfer your existing Windows licence to the new build. BUT we'll need to know which HDD is used and what version of Windows you're running.


I'm playing currently only Day Z and Minecraft.

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September 3, 2013 11:57:24 AM

Thank you guys for all your answers. I decided to save and get a good $1000 gaming computer.
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