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Looking to upgrade my computer and need a few tips about what to do first.

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March 23, 2014 10:25:45 AM

Hey all,

I currently just finished installing a fully built computer into a new case and changing the power supply (stressful, but not nearly as challenging as I thought). I now want to change out the rest of my "stock" parts to new parts. I already have a pretty solid OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply and a MSI 7870.

What I want to know what I should replace next? Should I buy a new MOBO, Processor, and RAM or buy a new Hard drive first and maybe an SSD? I'm currently going to school so I would like a processor with good multitasking. I also play a lot of games on the PC (LOL, DOTA2, Titanfall, Dark Souls, etc.) so I want something that can stand up to the pressure. I'm not looking to overclock or even run everything maxed out, just looking for consistency and good performance. I also have a budget of around 300 or so dollars to spend on this endeavor. I get a decent frame rate stutter in some games right now and I'm not sure if I'm bottle-necking or what my problem is but any input would be helpful!

My specs right now are:

Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Model CM1730/CM1830
Total amount of system memory 8.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 6

Total size of hard disk(s) 922 GB
Disk partition (C) 163 GB Free (922 GB Total)
Media drive (D) CD/DVD

Display adapter type AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
Total available graphics memory 5887 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 2048 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 3839 MB
Display adapter driver version 13.152.0.0
Primary monitor resolution 1600x900
DirectX version DirectX 10


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March 23, 2014 10:51:24 AM

All of your components are fine, and an SSD would be a great addition. It won't even seem like the same computer. Most people who feel their PC is slow actually just have an HDD and it cant keep up with the rest of the system. I would also like to note that your HDD is really full. I recommend never going above 75% full, at 50% you notice its much slower. So get an external hard drive to store all of your unnecessary files on and keep your internal drives clean.
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March 23, 2014 11:43:50 AM

Xibyth said:
All of your components are fine, and an SSD would be a great addition. It won't even seem like the same computer. Most people who feel their PC is slow actually just have an HDD and it cant keep up with the rest of the system. I would also like to note that your HDD is really full. I recommend never going above 75% full, at 50% you notice its much slower. So get an external hard drive to store all of your unnecessary files on and keep your internal drives clean.


Awesome, this is exactly what I was wondering. How big of an SSD would I want or need? And I should I just use it to put my OS in, or use it strictly for gaming files or both? Or neither?! SSD is a new concept for me.
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March 23, 2014 11:53:23 AM

Depends on your budget for the SSD really. At bare minimum 120ish but seeing 240+GB ssd's are really affordable. $130ish. OS and main programs that you want to use but offload saved files to your HDD. For steam just install the games on the traditional HDD.
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March 23, 2014 3:38:45 PM

UnoDosTrace said:
Xibyth said:
All of your components are fine, and an SSD would be a great addition. It won't even seem like the same computer. Most people who feel their PC is slow actually just have an HDD and it cant keep up with the rest of the system. I would also like to note that your HDD is really full. I recommend never going above 75% full, at 50% you notice its much slower. So get an external hard drive to store all of your unnecessary files on and keep your internal drives clean.


Awesome, this is exactly what I was wondering. How big of an SSD would I want or need? And I should I just use it to put my OS in, or use it strictly for gaming files or both? Or neither?! SSD is a new concept for me.


I would say a 120 or 250GB, generally for a 120 I only put the OS on it since most disk usage comes from the OS. Don't put online games on it though, constant game updates will lower the drives lifespan. And also use the HDD for the swap file, if you even use one.

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