I'm looking to upgrade my current ASUS CM5675 desktop. My primary use for it is gaming and if you look at the specs of it real quick you'll see that it's just not up to the more advanced stuff (it even stutters on Minecraft ).
Intel Core i5 i5-650 / 3.2 GHz
Intel H55 Express
8GB DDR3 RAM
1 x 1 TB - Standard - Serial ATA-300 - 7200 rpm
Graphics and sound are both integrated A painful mess that no one should suffer through.
300W power supply
1600x900 res screen
Here's what I've been thinking as upgrades...I call it upgrades but I'm listing almost an entirely new computer
I think I would need to be pretty creative to fit that stuff in my current chassis. I.E. cut sections out to make more room.
The CPU and motherboard I threw in there. I chose that CPU mostly cause it's got a better GHz than my current one and because it's a quad core. I'm seeing a noticeable difference between my current duo and the quad that I had on my last computer (with a lower GHz). I'm not sure if I actually need to upgrade my motherboard? Although it probably couldn't hurt.
I'd like to keep the cost as far down as possible while still getting the best performance in games. My preference would be maxing out games like Rift or some such with a stable 40 fps minimum.
Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.
You don't mention the make/model of power supply currently installed in your system. I'd probably recommend starting with a graphic card upgrade and (if necessary) power supply upgrade. Check your gaming performance then. If you're still not happy with the performance, then (and only then) consider upgrading the processor/motherboard.
Also (and this is just my opinion) the HD6970 is overkill for that resolution and CPU. Drop it down to either an HD6850 or HD6770. Any card is going to be a massive improvement over the integrated chipset you're using now.
I'm not sure what the manufacturer of the power supply in my computer is. But I do know that it is 300W... Too low for either of those cards I think...Also I read that the 6850 is able to runs games pretty well but at about 30 fps (sure there are other factors) but if I'm going to upgrade I want to be sure I don't have to do so again for a while.
The monitor could bottleneck the GPU? As long as it doesn't cause stuttering or anything I'm fine with a little bit of wasted potential. As I said I'm looking to make sure my computer will be able to handle newer games with increasingly advanced graphics.
I'm sure that eventually I'll find a game that will make the 6970 work for that smooth FPS. My current monitor works pretty well besides a somewhat shoddy connection to my desktop that needs a firm press once in a while to keep from getting loose and messing with the color.
Also that modular power supply is about $50 more. Is it much of an improvement over the other?