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November 18, 2012 3:53:36 PM

Hello, I've been getting these random fps drops when i play games like Dead Island, Black Ops 2, Skyrim and other stuff. I was wondering what should I do to upgrade/replace/add to my computer to make it in to a ultimate gaming setup. I just recently added 8 gb of RAM, 1 tb hard drive and a Nvdia GeForce GT 630 ghrapic card and from time to time my computer still lags. I'm new to all this upgrading and stuff so please do not insult me.

These are my computer specifications :-

Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @ 2.60GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.6GHz

8gb RAM

NVIDIA GeForce GT 630

1 tb Hard Drive

i5 2500k (i think i do not know how to check)

Not sure what else to put

I hope anyone of the members of Tom'sHardware can help me. If I put this in the wrong category please inform me so that in future problems I know what top post.

Thank you.
November 18, 2012 4:13:14 PM

The E5300 is an LGA775 processor and a low end one at that. The GT630 is more of a media center graphics card than gaming graphics accelerator.

Bearing this in mind you are looking at some hefty upgrades, possibly even a complete rebuild.

Questions:-
1). What is your motherboard make and model? This will be the biiggest factor on whether we are looking at a feasable upgrade or rebuild.
2). What power supply do you have?
3). What is your budget? Obviously no budget means no upgrade.
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November 18, 2012 4:32:12 PM

pauls3743 said:
The E5300 is an LGA775 processor and a low end one at that. The GT630 is more of a media center graphics card than gaming graphics accelerator.

Bearing this in mind you are looking at some hefty upgrades, possibly even a complete rebuild.

Questions:-
1). What is your motherboard make and model? This will be the biiggest factor on whether we are looking at a feasable upgrade or rebuild.
2). What power supply do you have?
3). What is your budget? Obviously no budget means no upgrade.


I'm really sorry I don't know whats the motherboard name is (like i said I'm not the best at this). And the power supply is 230V 5a 50Hz if thats what your asking. My budget is around $500 - $650, i know its not much but in my country its 1500 - 2000
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November 18, 2012 4:52:30 PM

run cpu-z and post pictures of each tab

also we need the make and model of the psu.
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November 18, 2012 5:06:24 PM

The details of the psu are on a label on the side of the psu, you're probably going to have to open your computer to get it. At worst, post a pic of it.

Here's a link to cpu-z.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html
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November 18, 2012 5:20:13 PM

13thmonkey said:
run cpu-z and post pictures of each tab

also we need the make and model of the psu.


Here are the pictures















And my psu is PowerLogic Magnum 250

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November 18, 2012 5:23:00 PM

pauls3743 said:
The details of the psu are on a label on the side of the psu, you're probably going to have to open your computer to get it. At worst, post a pic of it.

Here's a link to cpu-z.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html


Thank you very much for the link, I just post a reply to 13thmonkey about my specs
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November 18, 2012 7:33:40 PM

I'd keep the HDD and the PSU (if it has at least 550W) and buy a cheap Ivy Bridge configuration :) 
If you don't plan to overclock, go for the i5 3470 and a H77 mobo. The RAM, I'd go for some Corsair 8gb ones, the res on the GPU.
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November 18, 2012 7:54:45 PM

your ram is ok, its DDR3, I've not heard of powerlogic, so the PSU may need replacing.

so its new mobo, psu, cpu and gpu. your case will be ok. Have you got a budget?

You could replace the GPU with something decent, GTX660? which will be held back by the CPU until you replace it, but you will get some benefit from that.
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November 19, 2012 8:07:41 AM

So, i have to replace almost everything? Any suggestions on what PSU, GPU and mobo to buy?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 19, 2012 4:23:14 PM

budget is needed
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November 19, 2012 4:35:38 PM

13thmonkey said:
budget is needed


I already said, $500 - $600
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a b 4 Gaming
November 19, 2012 4:40:15 PM

are you prices similar to US prices?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 19, 2012 4:43:38 PM

blacknemesist said:
Do you own the i5-2500k?
Considering you dont:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oevb

Considering your PSU is good,no OC for the CPU.GPU has higher clocks so your wont need to OC it.

OR

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oeze

Considering your PSU is good,CPU OC capabilities.Lower GPU.

OR

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oeBW

Considering a new PSU,no CPU OC,Good GPU


the final build in the above post is good, BUT you do not need to buy the RAM, your current ram is compatible, i'd suggest therefore a 3570k if the extra 30-40 will allow you to do that.
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November 19, 2012 4:48:43 PM

13thmonkey said:
the final build in the above post is good, BUT you do not need to buy the RAM, your current ram is compatible, i'd suggest therefore a 3570k if the extra 30-40 will allow you to do that.


$500 as in usd and I'll try to find that build because I don't wanna order anything online
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a b 4 Gaming
November 19, 2012 4:49:45 PM

well thats a set of components, we don't know where you can buy from...
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November 19, 2012 4:51:34 PM

13thmonkey said:
well thats a set of components, we don't know where you can buy from...


I can manage, thanks for the help
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