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August 3, 2014 6:07:05 PM

Im trying to upgrade my computer so that i can play games on higher settings up to 1920x1080 without buying a new computer and what the biggest bottleneck of this system is.

My computer is a Dell XPS 420 with the q6600 core 2 quad 2.4GHz, 4 gbs of 800 ddr2 ram, a Gtx 750 1gb, stock motherboard and psu. My budget is about $300 and i would rather not go over that
but I will if I have to.

Thank you all in advance!

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August 3, 2014 6:19:35 PM

the gpu is the horse power but wont perfom to its limit without a good cpu, i woud say that you should get a gtx 750ti. the cpu's socket is lga 775 and supported cpu's are no longer sold. if you want to change cpu you'll have to change the motherboard as well. may i ask what formfactor the motherboard has?
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August 3, 2014 6:22:45 PM

What games will you be playing?

Maybe you could upgrade to a NVIDIA or AMD GPU below $300. Like the 600 or 700 Series or R9 Series. :) 
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August 3, 2014 6:30:25 PM

Joeteoh99 said:
What games will you be playing?

Maybe you could upgrade to a NVIDIA or AMD GPU below $300. Like the 600 or 700 Series or R9 Series. :) 


I play chivalry, borderlands 2, sims 3, final fantasy 8, rust, doom 2 and surgeon simulator. Doom 2 is probably the most graphically intense game there.
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August 3, 2014 6:52:24 PM

KungKarlXVI said:
the gpu is the horse power but wont perfom to its limit without a good cpu, i woud say that you should get a gtx 750ti. the cpu's socket is lga 775 and supported cpu's are no longer sold. if you want to change cpu you'll have to change the motherboard as well. may i ask what formfactor the motherboard has?


Im considering a q9650 quad core does that make any sense?
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August 3, 2014 7:00:49 PM

Fuzzyco1 said:
Joeteoh99 said:
What games will you be playing?

Maybe you could upgrade to a NVIDIA or AMD GPU below $300. Like the 600 or 700 Series or R9 Series. :) 


I play chivalry, borderlands 2, sims 3, final fantasy 8, rust, doom 2 and surgeon simulator. Doom 2 is probably the most graphically intense game there.


The best now as it has high graphics is to upgrade you GPU, and also you CPU.

I will be black with a CPU and GPU within your budget. But it is going to be really hard.

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August 3, 2014 7:12:44 PM

Have picked this up from a tomshardware thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2212499/ram-cpu-...

Battlefield 4 is actually a very demanding game and just a $350 max budget for a case cpu and gpu you brought one hefty order my friend.
Get the following.
Amd a10 6800k - $140
Msi hd 7770 ghz edition - $90
Corsair 300r case - $60
Arctic freezer 7 pro rev 2 - $25
These pricings are from newegg.
This is about $315 and about the best I can do seeing as you wanted it at $300 and wanted it to include a cooler and a case.
Run the gpu in crossfire with the a10 processors built in graphics and should reach pretty strong performance for your battlefield 4.
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August 3, 2014 7:24:54 PM

You could remove the cooler I posted.
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August 4, 2014 6:53:40 AM

Joeteoh99 said:
Have picked this up from a tomshardware thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2212499/ram-cpu-...

Battlefield 4 is actually a very demanding game and just a $350 max budget for a case cpu and gpu you brought one hefty order my friend.
Get the following.
Amd a10 6800k - $140
Msi hd 7770 ghz edition - $90
Corsair 300r case - $60
Arctic freezer 7 pro rev 2 - $25
These pricings are from newegg.
This is about $315 and about the best I can do seeing as you wanted it at $300 and wanted it to include a cooler and a case.
Run the gpu in crossfire with the a10 processors built in graphics and should reach pretty strong performance for your battlefield 4.


This is what i'l do it makes good sense and fits my budget (close enough) Thanks!
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August 4, 2014 3:47:36 PM

Fuzzyco1 said:
Joeteoh99 said:
Have picked this up from a tomshardware thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2212499/ram-cpu-...

Battlefield 4 is actually a very demanding game and just a $350 max budget for a case cpu and gpu you brought one hefty order my friend.
Get the following.
Amd a10 6800k - $140
Msi hd 7770 ghz edition - $90
Corsair 300r case - $60
Arctic freezer 7 pro rev 2 - $25
These pricings are from newegg.
This is about $315 and about the best I can do seeing as you wanted it at $300 and wanted it to include a cooler and a case.
Run the gpu in crossfire with the a10 processors built in graphics and should reach pretty strong performance for your battlefield 4.


This is what i'l do it makes good sense and fits my budget (close enough) Thanks!



No worries mate.
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