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January 5, 2014 10:40:29 PM

I feel inadequate with my current gaming set up and want to explore my upgrade options like namely...what are they. Heard the community was good here so here I am.
My specs:
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System Manufacturer: LENOVO
System Model: IdeaCentre K330B
BIOS: LENOVO BIOS Rev: 1.0
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2320 CPU @ 3.00GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics
Power Suppy: 250 Watts
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I know my power suppy needs to be significantly highly like 700watts or something so I can use a better graphic cards but not sure what is compatible. As for my motherboard and processor, I assume they aren't total crap but I probably might be wrong. Looking to do this within a budget 100-200 per part. Any input is appreciated.
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January 5, 2014 10:52:02 PM

You will basically need another power supply and graphics card

PSU:
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GPU:
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or

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Whats your exact budget for both these parts ?
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January 5, 2014 10:54:49 PM

Depends solely if these are the only parts I am getting cause if it is, I can invest 300 cumulatively
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January 5, 2014 10:57:41 PM

Can I have your entire budget and did you mean US$ ?
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January 5, 2014 11:03:39 PM

Yes, those are the only parts you will need

For $300............

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $299.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 02:02 EST-0500)

I am assuming this is your current computer, right ?
http://
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January 5, 2014 11:03:52 PM

IRONBATMAN said:
Can I have your entire budget and did you mean US$ ?


I expected suggestions to replace the power supply, graphic card, and processor in order for the upgrade to be any effective so I prepared a little over 400 as a max budget. But as I intend to run dual monitor which I can't now, ideally I don't want to meet exactly up to my budget ceiling. And Yes USD

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January 5, 2014 11:06:35 PM

Scremin34Egl said:
Yes, those are the only parts you will need

For $300............

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $299.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 02:02 EST-0500)

I am assuming this is your current computer, right ?
http://


That's my current computer yea. And if those are the optimal and only parts then that's pretty good.
Should have someone install them for me, I can watch a video and do it myself I guess but knowing me, not without risk. Also I would like to know if my PC is moot upgrading w/ my tiny budget.
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January 5, 2014 11:12:15 PM

Here
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.29 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $419.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 02:12 EST-0500)
A CPU would be good for newer games.

the GTX 660 comes with 2 free games
http://www.geforce.com/landing-page/holiday-bundle/term...

AC4 and Splinter cell blacklist

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January 5, 2014 11:14:42 PM

cindersky said:
Scremin34Egl said:
Yes, those are the only parts you will need

For $300............

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $299.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 02:02 EST-0500)

I am assuming this is your current computer, right ?
http://


That's my current computer yea. And if those are the optimal and only parts then that's pretty good.
Should have someone install them for me, I can watch a video and do it myself I guess but knowing me, not without risk. Also I would like to know if my PC is moot upgrading w/ my tiny budget.


Well, if you can spend the extra $100.................

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $389.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 02:13 EST-0500)

Your processor is still good for now, and I wouldn't change that
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January 5, 2014 11:15:53 PM

GTX 660 benchmarks ~



note that the higher the screen resolution, the lower the FPS
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January 5, 2014 11:20:30 PM

Scremin34Egl said:
cindersky said:
Scremin34Egl said:
Yes, those are the only parts you will need

For $300............

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $299.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 02:02 EST-0500)

I am assuming this is your current computer, right ?
http://


That's my current computer yea. And if those are the optimal and only parts then that's pretty good.
Should have someone install them for me, I can watch a video and do it myself I guess but knowing me, not without risk. Also I would like to know if my PC is moot upgrading w/ my tiny budget.


Well, if you can spend the extra $100.................

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $389.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 02:13 EST-0500)

Your processor is still good for now, and I wouldn't change that


Is the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB worlds better than the Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB
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January 5, 2014 11:28:44 PM

cindersky said:
Scremin34Egl said:
cindersky said:
Scremin34Egl said:
Yes, those are the only parts you will need

For $300............

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $299.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 02:02 EST-0500)

I am assuming this is your current computer, right ?
http://


That's my current computer yea. And if those are the optimal and only parts then that's pretty good.
Should have someone install them for me, I can watch a video and do it myself I guess but knowing me, not without risk. Also I would like to know if my PC is moot upgrading w/ my tiny budget.


Well, if you can spend the extra $100.................

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $389.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 02:13 EST-0500)

Your processor is still good for now, and I wouldn't change that


Is the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB worlds better than the Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB


Its about roughly 20% better, take a look at this
http://

Another option would be an R9 280X which is quite similar to the 770, but currently it is a bit more expensive, so its not worth it
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January 5, 2014 11:35:49 PM

One final question. Can all of these sustain dual monitors? I assume they do but always safe to check pre purchase
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January 5, 2014 11:37:32 PM

Some benchmarks you might want to look at..........

http://

Feel free to scroll through the different games
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January 5, 2014 11:42:20 PM

Scremin34Egl said:
Some benchmarks you might want to look at..........

http://

Feel free to scroll through the different games


I am struggling to understand a bit. Is the FPS min I need in order to run these cards or are they the FPS I will acquire via installation of each respective cards in each game
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January 5, 2014 11:48:25 PM

cindersky said:
One final question. Can all of these sustain dual monitors? I assume they do but always safe to check pre purchase


Yes they can, I assume you wouldn't be using both monitors for gaming as they wouldn't really work well
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January 5, 2014 11:49:19 PM

Scremin34Egl said:
cindersky said:
One final question. Can all of these sustain dual monitors? I assume they do but always safe to check pre purchase


Yes they can, I assume you wouldn't be using both monitors for gaming as they wouldn't really work well


One for gaming and another for browsing among other things
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January 5, 2014 11:51:06 PM

cindersky said:
Scremin34Egl said:
Some benchmarks you might want to look at..........

http://

Feel free to scroll through the different games


I am struggling to understand a bit. Is the FPS min I need in order to run these cards or are they the FPS I will acquire via installation of each respective cards in each game


That it is the average frame rate that the card can produce in those games, under different resolutions at ultra settings, but it might differ a bit due to different hardware such as the processor
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January 6, 2014 12:02:20 AM

well my resolution is 1440 x 900 and according to you my processor should ok. As for the benchmark charts, personally I don't see much of a difference between the one you highlighted the others unless you get something like the GTX 780 3072M or higher. Maybe its just my untrained eye. The HD 7870 seems decent for me relative to the price and performance compared to the NVIDIA 760. If I am being stupid do tell me.
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January 6, 2014 12:09:13 AM

cindersky said:
well my resolution is 1440 x 900 and according to you my processor should ok. As for the benchmark charts, personally I don't see much of a difference between the one you highlighted the others unless you get something like the GTX 780 3072M or higher. Maybe its just my untrained eye. The HD 7870 seems decent for me relative to the price and performance compared to the NVIDIA 760. If I am being stupid do tell me.


You're actually not being stupid. At that resolution, a gtx 760 or 7870 ghz edition would be perfectly fine. Their would be no problem dropping it to a 760 or 7870/R9 270X if you want to save some cash
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January 6, 2014 12:21:00 AM

Final summary, I going to get the:
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card & Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply.

Its not really for saving cash more than just getting my buck's worth. The GTX 770 2GB is almost 1.7x than the HD7870 so when its not that much better or even necessary than the HD7870 seems to be the wiser pick





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January 6, 2014 12:27:06 AM

cindersky said:
Final summary, I going to get the:
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card & Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply.

Its not really for saving cash more than just getting my buck's worth. The GTX 770 2GB is almost 1.7x than the HD7870 so when its not that much better or even necessary than the HD7870 seems to be the wiser pick







That's a very good combo and you should be able to get high settings with that no problem and the 620W psu would give you plenty headroom for future upgrades :) 
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January 6, 2014 12:29:46 AM

On the other hand....not saving money. These particular parts caught my eye:i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E 3.6GHz processor & GTX 780 Graphics Card. what kind of power supply am I looking at to run these and how sensible is it to get this instead



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January 6, 2014 1:04:00 AM

cindersky said:
On the other hand....not saving money. These particular parts caught my eye:i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E 3.6GHz processor & GTX 680 Graphics Card. what kind of power supply am I looking at to run these and how sensible is it to get this instead




Absolutely non sensible

Well, first of all that i7 is not really worth it in terms of its gaming performance difference between an i5. The only time you would really want an i7 is if you do allot of video editing, photoshop etc. And I would certainly not spend my money on a $1000 processor !. That i7 is for extreme enthusiasts who do more than just gaming

Secondly you would need a motherboard upgrade that has an X79 chipset, which is going to cost you over $200

Thirdly the gtx 680 is not worth it considering its more expensive than the gtx 770, with the 770 being slightly faster. Unless you can get one cheaper than a 770, then it would be worth it

For the power supply, any 600W or above would be fine

Check this out.................
http://

Notice how the 4960X performs basically the same as an i5 4670K, which is like $800 cheaper. They also have a similar processor like yours, i5 2400 (minor 100Mhz bump). It actually performs relatively well when compared to the current gen processors
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