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Hi,

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I know the card is very out of date but would it be worth purchasing a new one for this current pc or just to get a new pc?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.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks
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  1. Post your full detailed system spec inclusive of your PSU. Then we can figure out if upgrade is a viable option.
  2. System Information says pretty much that mate.
    AMD Phenom 9550 Quad 2.2 GHz Processor
    3070 MB Ram
    as far as i can see have a 300W power supply. Not sure what else is relevant.
  3. Oh emm 500 GB hard drive and absolutely no idea what my motherboard is seeing as bought the desktop 3 years ago before i knew what one was :S
  4. 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
  5. 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?
  6. Your processor update paths are limited as you cannot get the Phenom IIs. RAM is OK provided you don't multitask too much. Tell us your budget and we'll help.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. You have options for a new system or upgrade yours with a AM3 CPU with max TDP of 95watts http://www.foxconnsupport.com/cpusupportlist.aspx?type=mb&model=A6VMX&cputype=
    I would suggest Athlon II X3 with a quality 450-500watt PSU and GTS450 or HD5770 min in GPU.
  10. Si2themax said:
    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?

    Here is a complete new system for £569 instead;
    i5-2500k - £160
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/8314868/intel/all_merchant/core-i5-2500k-3-3-ghz-6-m.html

    Gigabyte GA-PH67A-UD3-B3 - £95
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/9083176/art/gigabyte/ga-ph67a-ud3-b3-rev-1-1-1.html

    Corsair XMS3 2 x 2 GB DDR3-1600 - £35
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/3708864/art/corsair/xms3-2-x-2-gb-ddr3-1600-p.html

    Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB Hard Drive - £43
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/4121963/art/samsung/spinpoint-f3-desktop-clas.html

    Corsair CMPSU-650TX - £68
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/674941/art/corsair/cmpsu-650txeu-pc-power-un.html

    Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme - £107
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/9583388/art/sapphire-technology/radeon-hd-5850-xtreme-1-g.html

    Antec 300 Case - £48
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/1447875/art/antec/three-hundred-pc-tower-ca.html

    LG GH22NS50 DVD Burner - £13
    http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/3493866/art/lg/gh22ns50-22x-sata-interna.html

    I dropped the ram down to 4gb which is enough for the average person. More can always be added later. The video card is slightly faster than the GTX 460.
  11. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/238326?gclid=CInY583tzagCFchO4Qod8iOyhQ

    So would this be able to work with my existing motherboard?
    plus the Corsair TX 650 PSU and GTX 460 it would take my costs down to around the 250-300 mark.
  12. Si2themax said:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/238326?gclid=CInY583tzagCFchO4Qod8iOyhQ

    So would this be able to work with my existing motherboard?
    plus the Corsair TX 650 PSU and GTX 460 it would take my costs down to around the 250-300 mark.

    I did not see that one on the compatibility list but saw the X3 435 so have a reason to belief it does work they just have not tried it.
  13. rolli59 said:
    You have options for a new system or upgrade yours with a AM3 CPU with max TDP of 95watts http://www.foxconnsupport.com/cpusupportlist.aspx?type=mb&model=A6VMX&cputype=
    I would suggest Athlon II X3 with a quality 450-500watt PSU and GTS450 or HD5770 min in GPU.

    ^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.
  14. Si2themax said:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/238326?gclid=CInY583tzagCFchO4Qod8iOyhQ

    So would this be able to work with my existing motherboard?
    plus the Corsair TX 650 PSU and GTX 460 it would take my costs down to around the 250-300 mark.

    The 650TX is actually overkill if you aren't going to be using it in a system that you may eventual use for crossfire(your current motherboard doesn't allow for such.) I would drop it down to something like this;
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-006-XF&groupid=701&catid=123&subcat=1497
  15. 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 :D
    Muchly appreciated. Si x
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