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Out of the game for 5 years...need help on new build!

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March 26, 2014 7:09:29 PM

For the past 15 years I've always built my computers, but as I grew older and had more responsibilities, I've gamed less and had limited time to dedicate to tech.

I just realized my current rig is 4 YEARS OLD!!! With an old i5, etc.

Even though my computer is 4 years old, it still works flawlessly, but I can tell it is slowing down and I need to upgrade. I mainly now use it for internet, some light gaming and watching TV/movies. Really, I mostly play TF2 and will look forward to GTA V shortly. Other than that, gaming isn't a huge priority.

So I'm asking the experts to fast-track this build since I really don't have a lot of time to get up to speed on the newest tech and compare and contrast ram, etc.

PLEASE provide some guidance as to what I should get. Here is what I am looking for:

- Will be buying a new 27" monitor. (separate budget, not included in build)

- Light to medium gaming, as I said I would like to run GTA V respectfully, but don't need to dominate benchmarks.

- Would like it to last 2 - 3 years.

- Mostly for media/tv/movies and internet browsing and looking at funny cat pictures.

- HARD DRIVE: would like to move to a SSD, but really don't need more than 128 gb.

- PROCESSOR: thinking intel, i5 or i7??? What is good for my usage?

- CASE: can use my old one, still works and has plenty of fans, so MAYBE in the future I will upgrade it, but not a priority and can do without.

- Video Card: Gotta run the 27" and be ok.

- MOBO: Um, no clue what I need with the latest processor. Would like to stick namebrand.

- RAM: Again, no clue.

- POWER SUPPLY: Yeah...clueless again but I need a new one. Would like Seasonic or a reliable brand.

So again, I would like a good, reliable computer to power a 27" monitor for media watching, internet and light gaming.

- BUDGET: Would LIKE to keep it between $600 -$900, $1,000 tops. I can do bargain shopping if I need to once I get the specks recommended by the community. Again, the budget does NOT include the price of the monitor, which is separate.

I've been out of it for a while so I REALLY DO appreciate your help and expertise in this.

Here are my CURRENT computer specs:

Graphics card: HD4870
RAM: G.Skill 4GB 240-pin DDR3 1600 PC3 12800
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3 LGA 1156 P55 SATA 6gb USB 3.0 ATX
Processor: Intel i5 750 @ 2.67 ghz from 2011

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March 26, 2014 7:40:57 PM

Upgrade your RAM to 8GB.
POSSIBLY upgrade your graphics card to something more current. Your HD4870 should still be plenty to run your games at medium, 1920x1080/1200 settings.
Maybe a fresh install of Windows onto a new 128GB SSD
Absolutely nothing wrong with the rest of your system. Overkill for everything you want to do, except high-end gaming.

-Wolf sends
March 26, 2014 7:42:38 PM

Really? So you don't think I will get much benefit from starting over? I remember back in the day if a year passed the system was outdated!!!

So you think a new video card, power, some extra ram and an SSD?
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March 26, 2014 7:49:20 PM

Outdated, yes. Obsolete, not in the least. I'm still running an Intel CoreI5-760 and an 8800GTS-640. Nothing wrong with your system. Would you see benefit from a full system upgrade? Sure. Would those benefits be worth the cost of a full system upgrade? I don't think so.

I seriously doubt your current processor is running at 100% capacity.
Assuming you have a 64-bit operating system, the extra RAM will come in handy if multi-tasking.
An SSD will aid in system boot times and file load speeds.
Assuming a quality power supply to handle your current HD4870, it should handle any newer mid-range card on the market today.

-Wolf sends
March 26, 2014 7:57:33 PM

Wow... thanks.

You just saved me quite a bit of money. Maybe I'll just do the ram, ssd, and with the money I saved get a 30" monitor with a better VGA!!!
March 26, 2014 8:15:26 PM

If you haven't, might OC that CPU too, they are great OCers, give you some extra kick
March 26, 2014 8:16:39 PM

If you have the space for a 30" monitor, I don't see any reason not to go with it other than when it fails, you WILL miss it. It took me almost a month to get use to a 21.5" monitor after my 27" display failed.

-Wolf sends