I'm looking to upgrade my current build which is'nt quite outdated. . . I guess. Anyway, I'm trying to prepare my self for BF3.
This current one is based of Dell Studio which I used to have. I switched the case and changed the GPU and power supply then add 1 more HDD.
My upgrade budget are about 900- 1,000$.
Current built spec,
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad QC8300 @ 2.5 GHz Motherboard: Stock Dell Mobo(I hate this thing, Can't even OC with it.) RAM: 8 GB Stock Dell DDR2 RAM GPU: GALAXY GTX 470 GC Sound Card: CreAtive Sound Blaster X-Fi Optical Drive: Blu-ray reader and burner HDD: WDC 7200 RPM 1TB, SG 7200 RPM 750GB Case: Cooler Master HAF 922M Mid-Tower PSU: Corsair TX680W Display: Dell Moniter 22" Full 1080p @ 1920 x 1080 Keyboard: Logitech G15 Mouse: Razer Imperator Headset: CreAtive Fet4l1ty
Okay, Now we got all that settled. As you guys see. All the peripherals are solid, what need upgrading are those core components of the system.
I'm not in a rush about upgrading this, but I'm looking at a 1-3 week time line. Not sure if only 1 GTX 470 can handle BF3 or not. I'm thinking of going SLI 470 or is it better to get 1 later GPU? If I'm going with SLI plan I will probably need a new PSU since the current one might be too low of a wattage for it. So it might take a big chunk out of the budget.
Before we go further into the analysis. Budget of this big upgrade is 1,000$ and I already have some parts in-hand. Which are not included in this budget.
To be honest, what you already have is more than enough for Battlefield 3.
Proxi has some nice stuff there. Personally, I would stay away from GTX400 series as they are power hungry and hot. If you do intend on SLI (which you most definitely won't be needing for Battlefield or any other game in that genre) Antec are solid PSU's if you find a better deal other than the one listed.
If you are really only into shooters and nothing hardcore like simulators you could save money on a cheaper graphics card such as the GTX550 or 6870. They are solid performers for single monitor gaming for casual games like MWII, BCII, Mass Effect 2, etc.
I think it could be argued for sure. The recommended MB has extra space between the PCI-E slots, so that should help keep the cards cool. Your case can handle the heat. But, it's a close call and it would not be wrong to swap out the 470 either.
It's usually a 6 or 8 month window to add a second card for SLI or crossfire. After that it starts making less sense. That's why I usually tell people to go dual cards up front or don't bother planning for it, because it usually doesn't ever happen.
I thought about it and looked at the prices and went with the second 470, but you could just get a 6950 2GB, sell the GTX 470, and keep your old PSU as well.