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January 30, 2012 4:26:14 AM

I play a few demanding PC games, as well as 3D modeling and video-editing. I would like to know which hardware component I should upgrade for PC gaming. Games like Battlefield 3, Dead Island, Skyrim, etc. are usually what i'm playing. I have a feeling that I should really upgrade my graphics card, as it is a little outdated.

Specs:
AMD FX-6100
4GB DDR3 1333Mhz
Geforce GT430
Western Digital WD3200AAJS-60Z0A0 320GB
MSI 970A-G45 Motherboard

My budget is a little low for the graphics card, ~$150. I installed the hotfix released by Microsoft for my CPU, as people were saying that the performance was awful, and I noticed an improvement after that, but in-game graphics are still lacking.

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January 30, 2012 7:03:53 AM

Hey, I think you should upgrade to 8GB ram, and maybe upgrade your HDD. You could change to a GTX 560, but id get 8GB ram first.
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January 30, 2012 7:45:47 AM

silverliquicity said:
Hey, I think you should upgrade to 8GB ram, and maybe upgrade your HDD. You could change to a GTX 560, but id get 8GB ram first.


Why? 4GB RAM is fine for a gaming system...it wouldn't be fully utilised, so why are you recommending he increases it when he's on a budget?

OP, I'd go for the GPU. A 560Ti would be a good bet...the 560 is only a little cheaper but the performance is lower, so it tends to be more cost-effective to get the 560Ti.
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January 30, 2012 9:02:09 AM

diellur said:
Why? 4GB RAM is fine for a gaming system...it wouldn't be fully utilised, so why are you recommending he increases it when he's on a budget?

OP, I'd go for the GPU. A 560Ti would be a good bet...the 560 is only a little cheaper but the performance is lower, so it tends to be more cost-effective to get the 560Ti.


Agreed.

4GB is fine for gaming. Upragding your RAM and HDD will give you no benfit for gaming what so ever and would be a waste of money for the time being. Your GPU is the weakest part of your computer for gaming.

I would recomend spending a little more than $150 and get a 560Ti.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 30, 2012 9:29:52 AM

he does video editing and 3d modeling. not just gaming...
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January 30, 2012 9:36:27 AM

silverliquicity said:
he does video editing and 3d modeling. not just gaming...


If it was just for that, then upgrading RAM might be better. But when considering gaming, overall the system will be improved with a better GPU as modern games will put the most demand on the OP's system.
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January 30, 2012 10:07:15 AM

i Did also recommend a GPU upgrade, i thinking about the bigger picture
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January 30, 2012 10:15:23 AM

He did specifically ask what to upgrade for gaming.

meyerfizzle said:
I would like to know which hardware component I should upgrade for PC gaming.

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January 30, 2012 10:17:07 AM

I play a few demanding PC games, as well as 3D modeling and video-editing
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January 30, 2012 10:22:21 AM

Yes but he never said he needed or wanted to uprade for 3D modeling and video-editing...

We could do with waiting for the OP to post and comfirm his needs a bit more clearly.
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January 30, 2012 10:37:16 AM

you noticed a 3% increase... wow that cpu must be poor if you can see that much of an improvement...
you should be able to get a 460 for 150 if you look around... as your likely on a smaller monitor anyway a top end card isnt likely to be needed.
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January 30, 2012 10:37:52 PM

silverliquicity said:
Hey, I think you should upgrade to 8GB ram, and maybe upgrade your HDD. You could change to a GTX 560, but id get 8GB ram first.


4 gb RAM is enough for editing software, unless your doing top of the line PIXAR-type stuff as well as using other editing software simultaneously(excuse my ignorance -.-), then you would definitely need to get more RAM. But this would mean getting a higher end graphics card, like the GTX 560 ti or GTX 460 by EVGA(the way to go for nvidia cards). So, I would defintely ugrade the graphics card, especially for games. if you want to run skyrim on full settings as well as bf3 with no fps lag/drop, then go for the gtx 560 ti.
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January 30, 2012 10:41:07 PM

708844,1,1107104 said:
I play a few demanding PC games, as well as 3D modeling and video-editing. I would like to know which hardware component I should upgrade for PC gaming. Games like Battlefield 3, Dead Island, Skyrim, etc. are usually what i'm playing. I have a feeling that I should really upgrade my graphics card, as it is a little outdated.

Specs:
AMD FX-6100
4GB DDR3 1333Mhz
Geforce GT430
Western Digital WD3200AAJS-60Z0A0 320GB
MSI 970A-G45 Motherboard

I dont know, your pc specs are pretty good. the new AMD processor, good amount of ram, the graphics card would just need upgrading is all. If your on a budget then for the gtx 460, but i would strongly recommend the 560ti. If you want better, you need more money...
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January 31, 2012 12:17:26 AM

I was thinking about the 550ti, but it's hard these days to determine which gpu is actually better.

By the way, i'm running two monitors, one 32-inch at 1360x768 (Yes, it's just a TV) and a VGA monitor at 1280x1024. I normally game at 1360x768, and when playing BF3 on low graphics, i get about 40fps.

When I mentioned 3D modeling and editing, that's something I seldom do, so it's fine if I have a slightly long render time; it's not that big of a deal. I just wanted to tell you what I really use my computer for.

Oh, and I also need a card with an HDMI and VGA. Yes, I know VGA is outdated, but I have so many extra VGA monitors laying around.
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January 31, 2012 7:53:18 AM

meyerfizzle said:
I was thinking about the 550ti, but it's hard these days to determine which gpu is actually better.


The best way to determine which GPU is better is by using benchmarks.

A 550Ti should be ok at your resolution and will be a nice upgrade from your GT430, however I still recommend going for a 560Ti as it is only around $50 over your budget and would be a much wiser upgrade.

If you ever decided to upgrade your monitor to 1920x1080 a 560Ti will handle BF3 on high settings, no problems where as a 550Ti wouldn't.

In short, evan though in the world of computers there is no such thing as "future proof" a 560Ti would be a much better investment.


Gothams Finest said:
4GB is fine for gaming. Upragding your RAM and HDD will give you no benfit for gaming what so ever and would be a waste of money for the time being. Your GPU is the weakest part of your computer for gaming.

I would recomend spending a little more than $150 and get a 560Ti.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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February 10, 2012 1:16:01 AM

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February 10, 2012 2:46:29 PM

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