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disappointed in xbox one. help me upgrade my PC pls.

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January 12, 2014 7:19:42 PM

Hello. So I bought an xbox one after waiting forever. Its cool for media and the few games it has but the good exclusives don't come out for a while.

So while researching the whole ps4 vs xbox one subject I noticed a lot of people saying PC owns all. So I bought a few games including cod ghosts, assassins creed black fglag etc. And they play well but a little glitchy oin my PC.

So this is where your help is needed. I have an hpe-170f with the i7 920 and gtx260. I can't oc because its a locked mono so I'm limited on juice.

What would you guys do with this PC to get it up to par for the new games and make it more future proof?

EDIT I found an alternate solution posted below in comments.
January 12, 2014 7:26:06 PM

Future proof is a myth. You could upgrade your GPU first to something like a 760 which would help a lot, or you could upgrade the CPU, mobo, and GPU.

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January 12, 2014 7:28:03 PM
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That GPU is just garbage for games. The 760 would be a very viable upgrade, depending on your psu.
It will allow you to play games on medium to high for the next 3-4 years at least.
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January 12, 2014 7:55:37 PM

Thanks for fast responses...I'll put the GPU on the replace soon list.

Do you guys know of a decent mobo that would allow me to still use the i7 920? I would love to be able the over clock a bit.
January 12, 2014 7:57:51 PM

If you are planning on replacing the mobo it would probably be better to replace the CPU at the same time and move up to 3rd or 4th gen, only my opinion though.
January 12, 2014 8:03:25 PM

Yeah replacing that motherboard wouldnt really be a wise purchase unless you get a new cpu. Or plan to keep it for a long time.
January 15, 2014 7:06:00 AM

I would personally buy
4670k
z87 motherboard
GTX 760

It will cost something like 550-600 dollars (less if you sell old cpu) but it's better than spending 100-150 on cpu cooler+mobo and still having an aging cpu (it's still good, but 5-6 years old!). It's quite a lot money for an upgrade but the cpu will last for years (probably another 6-7 years if you overclock it).

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1bfbt
January 15, 2014 8:52:20 AM

I would actually get a 3570k and get a 770 but depends on your budget also.
January 15, 2014 9:26:26 AM


Shocking777 said:
I would actually get a 3570k and get a 770 but depends on your budget also.


Haswell is faster and more futureproof, and it's not much more expensive. In fact on pcpartpicker they have same price.
January 15, 2014 4:25:40 PM

This is what I decided to do...I have a 1.5tb HDD and blue ray drive already to use with this.
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.75 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($214.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1519.64
January 16, 2014 4:20:16 AM

- Get the 4670k. The 4770k is basically a 4670k with hyperthreading, which is useless for gaming.
- I would go for 8GB, it's plenty for gaming for now and the coming years.
- 750 watt is overkill as well unless you are planning on running SLI. If you want an excellent psu go for a 550/600 watt seasonic psu which will be plenty for i5/i7 with gtx 770.
January 16, 2014 7:35:26 AM

Go for 8GB,4670k and you might save enough money for a 780!
January 16, 2014 11:13:31 AM

Guys, the CPU is fine; you only get maybe a 10% jump moving to an IB i7, and lose some performance moving to a IB i5. A i7 920 is still a VERY good CPU.

GPU is the only thing that needs an upgrade at this time.
January 16, 2014 11:36:04 AM

streetsports said:
This is what I decided to do...I have a 1.5tb HDD and blue ray drive already to use with this.
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.75 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($214.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1519.64


If this is in your budget, I say go for it. Looks like a solid rig, and leaves the option to SLI when you have room for a second GTX 770 in your budget. If you can afford a CPU with HT vs. no HT, why not? I say keep the 4770K. I say also keep the 16GB of RAM as well. Even if games you play don't utilize all of it, other things you do on your PC may benefit from it, as well as the HT on your CPU.

I have a similar CPU+GPU+RAM combo (Intel 3770K+GTX 770+16GB RAM) and gaming performance is great. On BF4, I get 50+ FPS with everything on Ultra and only Antialiasing Deferred turned off (I use Antialiasing Post on the highest setting, as it looks good enough to me). Keep in mind this is at 1920x1080 resolution. I do plan to add another GTX 770 before long, so that should be enough power for a good while.

I do have Assassins Creed IV, but have not played it yet, so can't comment on performance there.

Whatever you decide, good luck on the build!
January 16, 2014 4:55:26 PM

That's what i was thinking...I max out the i7 920 on a normal occasion (all threads...possibly because the mobo won't allow any over clock)...I also max out the 9 gigs of ram I have every so often...and I am planning on going sli when the money is there. You're gonna love assassins creed btw.

Thanks for everybody's input. I'm sure I'll tweak the build a bit before I pull the trigger also so if anybody has any other input on things like "this ram is better than the ram you chose", or "check out this new mobo" etc it would be much appreciated. I'll keep checking back
!