What to upgrade?

I want to upgrade my system but I'm not sure what I should replace.

What do you think is the weakest part in my system?
I mainly play games on my computer.

Windows 7

Foxconn Flaming Blade GTI

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 950 @ 3.07GHz

Crucial Technology DDR3 2048 MBytes x3

Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460

Basically I am asking what I would have to replace to get the biggest improvement in fps.
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  1. That would depend on whether the games you play are gpu or cpu dependant really,
    although I would say psu>gfx card>Mobo and chip in that order of replacement priority
    **Edit, although the gfx will go into a new z68 plate with a sb 2500k obviously if you wanted to go mobo/chip first**
  2. Crysis is one of the games I play, I guess it's GPU based?
  3. I only play WoW myself so without googling I couldn't say :P
    but a quick look shows gpu is more important for that game yes,
  4. I don't know what you meant with your edit.
    You put PSU first in case the graphics card needs more power, right?

    I plan on buying a MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II but I don't know whether my PSU can handle it. How can I check what PSU I have?
  5. I suggested the way I would have upgraded it,
    but I respect that you may choose to upgrade the Mobo and chip first to a Sandy bridge setup
    only way to check your psu is open the case and check out the label, all but the very cheapest have a ratings label which will inform you as to the output voltages
    but yes, i placed the psu first for that very reason
  6. Read this article to find out about your GPU. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-manufacturer,2913.html

    The GTX 560 ti generally pulls the same or less power as the GTX 460. But if your PSU is less than 500W you should upgrade. For discrete graphics I prefer at least 600W. Always go with a good quality PSU, because poor PSUs will kill your rig.

    I think that, unless you are out to rebuild your rig, you CPU/mobo are OK. They are not a powerful as the Sandybridge i5 2500K, but the GPU and PSU are the prime candidates for upgrade if you want more FPS.
  7. I hate how you talk as if I would get more fps if I upgraded my PSU lol but I get what you mean, thanks!
  8. You wont technically get more fps from upgrading the psu,
    but the graphics card will be well fed=Happy gfx card not struggling and stuttering due to power dips, more smooth gameplay overall
    and although it is certainly overkill in some cases, I dont build with less than 600W either
  9. I opened up the case and looked at the PSU. I haven't found any code or 'Watt' anywhere. All I see is a small sticker with Volt, AC etc which isn't what it says on that website you linked. How else do I find out if the PSU is good enough?
    The case is from Cooler Master and I heard they're a good company so shouldn't my PSU be from there too?
  10. Not necessarily,
    a lot of prebuild vendors use high end cases then temper the cost with cheap psu's,ram and drives,
    if you cant find anything else on it (can you post a pic of said label for us?)
    I'm inclined to think its a cheap unit and as such wouldn't trust a new build to it
  11. Well okay I'll do that later.
    Right now I only know that the case is the Cooler Master Gladiator 600.
    I'll edit this post later and post pics of the label.
  12. Ok, I'm off to my nightshift now so i'll check in the morning man,
  13. I saw that PSU's from Cooler Master have their logo on them and came to the conclusion that my PSU is most likely some no name PSU.
    Considering someone saying that bad PSUs have an effect on GPUs I decided to upgrade the PSU anyway.

    How much watt should the PSU have and can someone recommend a brand?
    I want it to have enough so I don't have to upgrade it for at least 5 years.
  14. With your current gear, I'd say a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027 will last you well enough
  15. When I said I want to use it for the 5 years I meant that in case I upgraded to newer components I still want to be able to use the PSU and the one you linked has only 500 and it says it's for medium range PC's which makes me feel it's not going to be enough for better gear?
  16. Aah, you meant the psu to last five years, in that case have a look at the TX750 and 850's they cost but can power a heck of a lot more than the current build
  17. I'm going to buy the one from Scan.co.uk, I like the fact it's 'modular' which will improve the air flow and that'll keep it cooler right?
  18. Meh, by tiny amounts, with any psu/case you can use some cable management to help clear the airpaths but you will only use the cables you need obviously so less cables to hide :)
    I'd go modular on my latest build but I'm ocd and the modular doesn't fit my plans :P
    but the Tx or the Hx will last you into your next build and possibly be ok for the one after, I think I saw a 7 year warranty on that? :)
  19. Don't confused me so much, what's OCD?
    It feels like you are saying that the modular one is worse than non-modular and won't last as many years..?
  20. No no no, lol ocd is obsessive compulsive disorder, its a way of saying I'm very fussy :-)
    Both of them would be fine, its just one has removable cables, and a 7 year warranty speaks volumes about the confidence they have in their product
  21. Okay, I decided to buy the PSU now and a new graphics card in like a month. Thanks for the help :)
  22. Cool, glad we could help :-)
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