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Looking to upgrade gaming rig

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September 11, 2013 4:01:27 PM

Hey guys. I'm not extremely knowledgeable when it comes to compatibility with new graphics cards, processors, motherboards, etc. I'm looking to get some improvements with my (still very decent) gaming rig, and I'm not totally sure where to start.

I would like to stay on top of things and be able to run anything I like on full settings. Most recently I've been playing Arma 3 while it's in beta. It's been great fun, but to break out of the 20-35fps range I have to do more toning down than I'd like to.

I have a couple questions.

1. If I'm looking to upgrade, where should I start first? My guess is the graphics card. I ran Arma 3 with AMD's system monitor and turned the settings as high as they would go and was getting a pretty low FPS. I checked the monitor and it looked like it was my graphics card running to the max.

2. Would an SSD have any benefits over faster load times when the game is starting, but nothing during gameplay?

I greatly appreciate any knowledge you all can bestow upon me, and I'm looking forward to learning a few things.

Here's my current build. (links to Newegg, just looking back at my order history. Some items may now be discontinued, but you should be able to see their information)


Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I also have another 1TB hard drive for storage of misc items, but I use the fast one to store the games)

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September 11, 2013 5:31:47 PM

Well really the only thing I could see that could use a upgrade would be the GPU it is somewhat outdated. I would look into a GTX 770 if it were me it would give you a good performance improvement. On the AMD/ATI side I would look at a 7950/7970.

As far as a SSD I would not really recommend one for games it does not really give much of benefit unlike using one for the OS itself. Short of the initial game load the benefit of a SSD really ends there as far as games.
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September 11, 2013 6:39:08 PM

bryonhowley said:
Well really the only thing I could see that could use a upgrade would be the GPU it is somewhat outdated. I would look into a GTX 770 if it were me it would give you a good performance improvement. On the AMD/ATI side I would look at a 7950/7970.

As far as a SSD I would not really recommend one for games it does not really give much of benefit unlike using one for the OS itself. Short of the initial game load the benefit of a SSD really ends there as far as games.


From what I've seen, Nvidia cards run better than ATI. Why exactly is that? Simply looking at the specs, it looks like ATI has a lot more power for the money. That's why I went that route. I guess that's not the case. Can you explain that to me?
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