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July 19, 2014 2:12:22 AM

Hey Everyone!

I've had this system for years, and I've been upgrading parts of it on-and-off, so I'm looking for some help on this round of upgrades.

My Current Specs:

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 B55
RAM - 4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz (5-5-5-15) Product Link
Motherboard - Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. GA-MA785GM-US2H (Socket M2) 38 °C
Graphics - 1024MB AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (ATI AIB) Powercolor 6850
Hard Drives - 3x 1TB Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Y9A SCSI Disk Device (SCSI)
Optical Drives - ATAPI iHAS124 B SCSI CdRom Device

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: 200-300 (flexible)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, occasionally editing small video clips.

Buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Perhaps RAM and motherboard(wasn't thinking when I built it and it's DDR2)
PSU = OCZ600SXS2 (can't find a manufacturer's link)


Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: canadacomputers.com tigerdirect.ca newegg.ca

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: I'd prefer to stick to AMD and I've got some experience with Gigabyte motherboards

Overclocking: NO

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Current Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Currently playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, and I'm thinking of changing my Windows to 64-bit to be able to utilize more RAM.

Why Are You Upgrading: System seems slow. As well, everything I've read about SWTOR suggests that I shouldn't be having any problems running it at optimal settings, especially with my video card, but I can barely run in at minimum settings without FPS issues.

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July 19, 2014 2:15:45 AM

Azdin Zaman said:
Hey Everyone!

I've had this system for years, and I've been upgrading parts of it on-and-off, so I'm looking for some help on this round of upgrades.

My Current Specs:

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 B55
RAM - 4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz (5-5-5-15) Product Link
Motherboard - Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. GA-MA785GM-US2H (Socket M2) 38 °C
Graphics - 1024MB AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (ATI AIB) Powercolor 6850
Hard Drives - 3x 1TB Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Y9A SCSI Disk Device (SCSI)
Optical Drives - ATAPI iHAS124 B SCSI CdRom Device

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: 200-300 (flexible)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, occasionally editing small video clips.

Buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Perhaps RAM and motherboard(wasn't thinking when I built it and it's DDR2)
PSU = OCZ600SXS2 (can't find a manufacturer's link)


Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: canadacomputers.com tigerdirect.ca newegg.ca

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: I'd prefer to stick to AMD and I've got some experience with Gigabyte motherboards

Overclocking: NO

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Current Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Currently playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, and I'm thinking of changing my Windows to 64-bit to be able to utilize more RAM.

Why Are You Upgrading: System seems slow. As well, everything I've read about SWTOR suggests that I shouldn't be having any problems running it at optimal settings, especially with my video card, but I can barely run in at minimum settings without FPS issues.
Do you play any more demanding games? You should be fine as it stands for that game.

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July 19, 2014 2:28:40 AM

Not currently. but I want to be able to play upcoming games like the new Starcraft.

The problem is that I can only run the game on minimum settings without lag/video stuttering. And it's not my internet connection as I'm on a 100mBit line
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July 19, 2014 2:30:39 AM

And I would have to get a new case as I believe it's can only support a mini-ATX board
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July 19, 2014 2:33:33 AM

And should I look into getting a cooling system as well? What tower would you suggest as well?

TomSkini said:
Your CPU, motherboard and RAM all need upgrades, so I'd go with this -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
Total: $267.67
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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July 19, 2014 1:10:40 PM

Thanks for the quick replies, I think you've given me the perfect solution. I haven't been overclocking for fear of damage, but now that I understand cooling a bit better, I believe I'll be overclocking.

TomSkini said:
I would suggest the corsair 200r for a tower. If you're not overclocking then there's not much need for an after market cpu cooler, but if you would like one for some reason, get the cooler master 212 evo.


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