- MS windows 7 home premium 64-bit
- AMD Phenom™ 9600 X4 Quad Core CPU 2.3ghz
- XFX ATI Radeon™ HD5550 1GB DDR2 graphics card
- Sapphire 690V ATI motherboard
- 4gb dual-channel DDR2 ram
- 500gb seagate SATA hard drive
- Acer P225HQ monitor
- 580w G7 psu
This was fine for everyday tasks, internet browsing etc but i could only play games with terrible frame-rates even on low settings. This is of course due to the terrible graphics card that i received as part of a bundle along with the cpu and motherboard. Im planning to replace the cpu, mobo,gpu and ram with about £400 to spend. I would be most grateful for opinions on these components (or superior ones !) and how they would improve my frame rates etc in games such as the witcher 2 which i plan on playing !
-Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K cpu
-ASUS P7P55D-E LX - P55 Express - Socket 1156 motherboard
-eVGA GeForce GTX 460 SE (1 GB GDDR5) GPU
-corsair 2 x 3gb ddr3 ram
The phenom 9600 is not terrible, and newer games today often support quad cores unlike in the past when the 9600 was first released. So today that quad is actually faster for games than when it was new. Also many existing games now have been patched to work with quad cores.
I would go for a card like a 5770, its 800 shaders and is a good match for the slower clocked quad.
You have to buy a card anyway, so buy the card first, try it and see if it works out ok.
If it doesn't that card will go nice with something like a 2500k in crossfire.
Buy a second one, a crossfire board, and a larger p/s. But you don't need that much power unless almost every game has to run at max detail settings.
A pair of 5830's is a good match with a 2500k since its about twice as fast as the phenom9600.