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Should i build a pc for gaming or upgrade my gpu/psu for my current pc

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March 5, 2014 8:33:29 PM

Hey guys just wanted to know what i should do for this situation. Either replace my whole my pc and build a computer for gaming or just buy parts such as a new video card and psu. the model of my Lenovo it is called K320 57125303. It has a I7 870 cpu, radeon 5570 video card, 280 watts (I think not sure), and 8g ram. For gaming, so far i play just FFXIV, WoW and Hearthstone, but i do want to play the new games coming out such as dibalo 3 reapers, south park sot, dark souls 2, Titanfall, and few others. I would like to have the quality of a pc that can run BF4 to high settings at least so i can at least have some future proof on it. I am not saying i want to play games like Crysis 3 and stuff that requires top notch stuff but i do want to perform well when playing games like those so yeah. Also to note my budget for gaming is like $1000 but i really do not want to go in that direction unless i must and for gpu price for upgrading would be the best price performance i guess. Thanks !!

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March 5, 2014 8:46:40 PM

Your CPU is still a beast, keep it if you want to save money.
If I were you and trying to save money while upgrading, I would keep the HDD, case, RAM, CPU, and motherboard. Rest of the stuff like PSU and GPU are gonna go.
Depending on your budget, I would go with
PSU: http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&s...
GPU: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx770dc2o...

If that's over your desired budget for just those two parts, then a budget please :) 
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March 6, 2014 10:52:40 AM

Thanks but i don't think the gpu will fit my case so i will most likely have to get a new one. if i do however, i don't need to install anything new or any bios or what not correct?
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March 6, 2014 11:27:34 AM

According to
http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/pdf/desktop...
1. Your case will support a full-height GPU, which is the normal one that you see in majority of cases.
2. I have nothing against it if you just don't like the case.
3. You don't need any BIOS update or anything extra software wise
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March 6, 2014 11:41:19 AM

IDontUnderstand said:
According to
http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/pdf/desktop...
1. Your case will support a full-height GPU, which is the normal one that you see in majority of cases.
2. I have nothing against it if you just don't like the case.
3. You don't need any BIOS update or anything extra software wise


Alright but if i do get a gpu i am going to need a psu for that also how would i install the video card and psu into my current case? just plug in and play??
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March 6, 2014 12:11:01 PM

Yup, just like how anyone would build a PC, plug them and and pray that it will work lol
Just unplug all the power cable, turn off the PSU completely (press the switch in the back), unscrew the PSU, take it out (might need to shake it a little), and voila it's out of the case. Then just put the new one back the same way you took the old one out.
GPU is even easier, just remove it by holding on a little tab at the end of the PCI-E 2.0 slot and pull the GPU out at the same time (don't brute force it, you gotta make sure you keep the tab pressed and it shouldn't take too much force to remove the GPU). After that just put the new one in without the need of touching the tab, simply push the card in and you should feel it being secured.
After all that, just plug everything back to place, CPU power, ATX power, SATA power, PCI-E power, and maybe some fans.
You're done.
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March 6, 2014 12:22:31 PM

could you tell what is my motherboard? i am having a hard time finding out which is the one i have just to see and stuff
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March 6, 2014 12:37:40 PM

It could be L-IIBXM v1 or v4

It should be written between the CPU socket and RAM slots.
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March 6, 2014 4:28:36 PM

hmm yeah prob is the v1 but damn i have a good motherboard and a cpu i am assuming then. So yeah for gpu what would be the best price performance for my needs? i know future proof does not exist but i want do to this in a way where i dnt have to worry about for a while not get upset later for having bought a expensive gpu when a new one is on the way for a cheaper price ( yes i know this is how it will always come down to eventually but just saying)
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