I am wondering whether to buy a brand new desktop or whether i just need to upgrade some components for decent gaming. At the moment when i start any recent games my monitor loses signal and im forced to restart the pc.
I have a AMD Phenom 9550 Quad Processor and 3GB Ram with a GeForce 9600 GT graphics card.
I know the card is very out of date but would it be worth purchasing a new one for this current pc or just to get a new pc?
My pc is only really used for gaming and the fact that it dies everytime i try to play anything e.g. Gothic 4 or Empire total war is getting me raging.
You aren't going to be able to use much better cards without upgrading the PSU. Your processor is also quite weak by today's standards. Those initial Phenoms had very low clock speeds. Your motherboard may be able to use current AMD processors however. If you don't know what board you have you can find it on the mainboard tab in CPU-Z; http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html
thanks for the site.
Motherboard is Foxconn A6VMX.
Just given this information and the fact i would like to play some recently released graphic intensive games. If the motherboard can support current AMD processors. What would you recommend i upgrade to ie a decent Processor, PSU and Graphics card? Also would the RAM be ok? Or would it work out cheaper just to buy a customised gaming pc?
Budget is between £500-700 although i'd obviously rather stay towards the lower end of that. Essentially i'm looking for a desktop that doesnt experience any issues with gaming and is going to last a few years with the relevant upgrades.
So do you think the £560 is worth it given the rest of my current 3 year old desktops parts? Or do you think forking out just over £700 for a newly customised desktop would make more sense? I'd hate to invest in the new parts for something else to die on me and leave me screwed.
^Or you can do this. I was assuming Tamz was correct about your motherboard not being able to use AM3 processors. I would recommend the Phenom II x4 955 however and the HD5850 I linked along with a new PSU however. Then you shouldn't need to upgrade for a while.
Well thanks a lot for your swift and helpful responses people. If all goes well you'll have saved me a considerable sum of money. Hopefully the new Processor, PSU and Graphics Card will give me what i'm looking for. And hopefully my motherboard wont die a week after i install the stuff
Muchly appreciated. Si x