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March 20, 2014 9:04:07 AM

Hey here are my specs. I know that it is already halfway decent, but I would like to upgrade my PC in this order - CPU, Ram, Graphics card. But I don't know what parts will or won't work together.... SO please give any advice for upgrades that you can :D 

Motherboard:
Board: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z77-D3H
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
UEFI: American Megatrends Inc. F10 03/23/2012

Ram: (I do not know the name of my ram)
8154 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
Slot 'ChannelA-DIMM0' is Empty
Slot 'ChannelA-DIMM1' has 4096 MB
Slot 'ChannelB-DIMM0' is Empty
Slot 'ChannelB-DIMM1' has 4096 MB

Processor:
3.45 gigahertz Intel Core i5-3570K
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
6144 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (4 total)
Not hyper-threaded

Graphics Card:
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series [Display adapter]


Windows 7 OS, 1200x800 screen resolution

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March 20, 2014 9:13:51 AM

Hi,
Only thing i would upgrade to your system is the GPU. The Intel's i5 3570k is still top tier CPU for gaming, there is no point in upgrading it.
What is you budget ?
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March 20, 2014 9:18:14 AM

Oh I thought i5 wasn't good enough. The sky is the limit for my budget, I've been saving long enough for that. I know that everything in my build is already top tier but if there is still a way to make it even better I am willing to do it :D 
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March 20, 2014 9:19:29 AM

At a resolution of 1200x800, a 760 would max out everything, and you could probably even go with a GTX 660 and save some money.

maurelie is right about your CPU, definitely don't need to upgrade that for gaming, and you have plenty of RAM already. If you're looking for overall system performance boost, getting the 760 and a 120GB SSD will be a good choice :)  (note: the SSD won't increase gaming performance, if that's the only thing you're after)
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March 20, 2014 9:21:24 AM

storantom said:
Oh I thought i5 wasn't good enough. The sky is the limit for my budget, I've been saving long enough for that. I know that everything in my build is already top tier but if there is still a way to make it even better I am willing to do it :D 


As i said i5 3570k is still top tier gamer. No need for changes, even if you have the money to get i7 4770k, you will not notice the difference in games. You will spend $100 more for the i7 and gain only 1-2 fps at best.
I will make some suggestions for the GPU, just tell me what kind of power supply do you have and which brand, and also what case do you have
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March 20, 2014 9:21:54 AM

So adding another 8 gigs of ram wouldn't actually change anything?

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March 20, 2014 9:22:01 AM

storantom said:
Oh I thought i5 wasn't good enough. The sky is the limit for my budget, I've been saving long enough for that. I know that everything in my build is already top tier but if there is still a way to make it even better I am willing to do it :D 


If the sky is the limit for your Budget.I will give you possible best Gaming PC.Will post all parts in few hours.Currently let me eat some food :D 
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March 20, 2014 9:22:06 AM

storantom said:
Oh I thought i5 wasn't good enough. The sky is the limit for my budget, I've been saving long enough for that. I know that everything in my build is already top tier but if there is still a way to make it even better I am willing to do it :D 


In that case, get an SSD and a GTX 780 lol and get a new monitor.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($83.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VN248H 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $708.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 12:21 EDT-0400)

You'll max out everything on that monitor, and won't need to upgrade for a while :) 
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March 20, 2014 9:23:14 AM

storantom said:
So adding another 8 gigs of ram wouldn't actually change anything?



8GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming, 16GB will not make any difference at all.
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March 20, 2014 9:24:56 AM

^ Agreed CPU is completely fine

Get a 760, 770, or 780 Nvidia GPU, and SSD.

If it is gaming only then RAM upgrade is not going ot make a different
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March 20, 2014 9:27:17 AM

I have a Xtreme Gear 600w ATX Power Supply. The model is XG-P600
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March 20, 2014 9:28:14 AM

If it's an upgrade for gaming I would first consider graphic card and monitor than anything else. 8Gb of ram is definitely enough, as a matter of fact even 4Gb is enough for almost all games. You should get a 27' or plus monitor and a high end gpu like the 780/ti, Titan/black, or r9 290/x.
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March 20, 2014 9:31:57 AM

Will a larger monitor allow for a more powerful graphics card, improving the graphics? Or if I get a 760, 770, or 780 GPU will that be just as nice looking on any monitor?
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March 20, 2014 9:36:38 AM

storantom said:
Will a larger monitor allow for a more powerful graphics card, improving the graphics? Or if I get a 760, 770, or 780 GPU will that be just as nice looking on any monitor?


If you stay with the same monitor, there is no sense in buying one of the cards that you have mentioned, because on that resolution, even yours 6800 series GPU will still play games with solid fps. Get a monitor with resolution of 1920X1080 for the GTX 760 and the GTX770

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March 20, 2014 9:40:54 AM

So the graphics quality won't change from monitor to monitor, meaning the only point in getting a new monitor + card is the size of the screen, yes?
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March 20, 2014 9:42:57 AM

Go for the 780 for your gpu but open up your case and make sure that your psu is good quality and has the proper wattage. For a single card you would need a quality 550-650w psu. Brands I recommend: Seasonic, XFX, Corsair AX/HX, Antec
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March 20, 2014 9:49:22 AM

Resolution defines quality for the most part, NOT screen size. Screen size means nothing, except that the larger the screen, the lower the quality, because the pixels are larger.

Getting a 1920x1080p monitor would be a MUCH higher quality picture, especially if you get an IPS panel.
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March 20, 2014 9:54:35 AM

storantom said:
So the graphics quality won't change from monitor to monitor, meaning the only point in getting a new monitor + card is the size of the screen, yes?


Will... For 1080p gaming get 760/770 or higher. for over 1080p gaming get high end cards like the 780ti. For below 1080p gaming a 760 or lower will do the trick. The resolution is what matters. Higher resolution does mean better quality but it's something some people wouldn't notice unless there's a comparison. The quality of a monitor also matters. I definitely prefer bigger screen as I am currently gaming on a 27' and I would never go back to my 20'.
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