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Terrible FPS in basic games - What should I upgrade?

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November 11, 2013 4:20:50 PM

In basic games like minecraft on minimum settings, I'm getting 30 fps max, sometimes as low as 5 on a busy server. What should I upgrade to make games faster? Hopefully it's not TOO much, I don't have a very high budget :p . I'm looking in the $50-75 range, so let me know if theres something I can do with that budget, Thanks!

Specs:

Intel Dual-Core E5300 2.6 GHz
No GPU
8GB RAM - 1GB Dedicated to minecraft
600 GB HDD
Windows 7 64 bit
November 11, 2013 4:31:29 PM

Oh, I didn't think a GPU would be necessary for basic games. What do you suggest that I can get shipped to canada for 50-75?
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November 11, 2013 4:33:38 PM

no dedicated gpu will hinder your efforts to play games. for that system i would recommend nothing more powerful than a gtx650ti or a hd 7770.
you will need a 450-500w psu to run it and maybe some new case fans to keep feeding the gpu cool air.
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November 11, 2013 4:36:22 PM

yes absolutely you need a gpu. intel is behind when it comes to integrated gpu in a processor. i'd even want to upgrade the processor personally but you'll be fine for basic games such a minecraft, league and what have you if you get a decent gpu in there.

go for something like this http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-2048MB-Graphics-02G-...

i'm sure amazon ships to canada just may cost a bit extra but that cards pretty cheap so.

good luck also if you could tell me the model # and brand of your motherboard ill look it up and see if you can eventually upgrade your cpu.
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November 11, 2013 4:37:33 PM

@hexit, both of those GPUs are about double my budget. Would something cheaper work? And I'm running no GPU atm, but once I find my DVI-VGA adapter, I could use my old ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500. THink it would give me a decent boost?
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November 11, 2013 4:39:02 PM

your not gonna get much better than your onboard gfx if you dont up your budget so may be a waste of money... to play games look to spend between 120 and 150.
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November 11, 2013 4:39:47 PM

SuperGamerBoy said:
Whats your PSU?


220W Delta PSU, came stock with my computer, it was store bought unfortunately.
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November 11, 2013 4:40:39 PM

Would it be a better investment to purchase a new computer? I could probably get a $800 budget after christmas.
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November 11, 2013 4:44:30 PM

My PSU is above.
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November 11, 2013 4:44:37 PM

nathan4102 said:
Would it be a better investment to purchase a new computer? I could probably get a $800 budget after christmas.


I would certainly buy a new rig if you could. you could build a beast on a 800$ budget.
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November 11, 2013 4:48:28 PM

Alright, lets go with that then. What do you guys suggest for specs for a $800 build? It would be used for light-medium gaming, software development, and streaming mostly. Nothing too hardcore for software development, just windows apps.
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November 11, 2013 4:52:22 PM

nathan4102 said:
Alright, lets go with that then. What do you guys suggest for specs for a $800 build? It would be used for light-medium gaming, software development, and streaming mostly. Nothing too hardcore for software development, just windows apps.


AMD or Intel? (I suggest amd but everyone hates on amd on these forums so we'll probably get lots of hate)
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November 11, 2013 4:54:33 PM

I prefer AMD personally, but if you can find a better bang-for-you-buck build on Intel, no biggie
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November 11, 2013 4:56:37 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($205.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $754.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-11 19:56 EST-0500)

something along the lines of that only things i'd really play with is the gpu and or ram.
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November 11, 2013 5:00:41 PM

Wow, thanks! I already have a 1TB HDD and 8GB of 1066 RAM on my shelf, so we can subtract those from the build. It looks really good though, I'll save this and order the parts when I get the money :D 
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November 11, 2013 5:03:18 PM

sweet! yea you really don't need high quality ram since you'll be running such a powerful gpu. also! thats the vaporx and I heard its locked meaning you can really overclock it I heard sapphire has another card around the same price point that is unlocked if you cant find it i'd get it! i just didn't feel like sorting through all those parts on pcpartpicker. and with that money you just saved you could buy yourself a legit OS. now i'm not saying there isn't ways to obtain it for free but hey i'm not telling you to do anything. enjoy bud
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November 11, 2013 5:03:19 PM

sweet! yea you really don't need high quality ram since you'll be running such a powerful gpu. also! thats the vaporx and I heard its locked meaning you can really overclock it I heard sapphire has another card around the same price point that is unlocked if you can find it i'd get it! i just didn't feel like sorting through all those parts on pcpartpicker. and with that money you just saved you could buy yourself a legit OS. now i'm not saying there isn't ways to obtain it for free but hey i'm not telling you to do anything. enjoy bud
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November 13, 2013 1:35:53 AM

sorry many disregard the build I posted before this is exactly what you want. this exactly what I want also.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.94 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.34 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $815.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-13 04:35 EST-0500)

can't really get much better for 800$
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November 13, 2013 1:48:17 AM

oh forgot you already had ram and a ssd. but id still get faster ram to fully utilize all these high end parts. still under 800$ with the ram and no ssd so enjoy man i'd build nothing else but that maybe better or asus motherboard even gigabyte is fine.
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