Basically, i would like to upgrade my pc, but i have Battlefield 3 running pretty well on my computer, and also Crysis 2. What i want to know is, do i need these upgrades, or do i just want them? In what ways will they benefit me? And also, what is the best software for measuring temps and recording fraps etc, preferably free software
This is my current set up:
Dell XPS 420 Motherboard (BTX)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 4MB Cache 1333FSB
Antec 650w PSU
Samsung Blu Ray Drive
500GB Hard drive
4gb DDR2 RAM
XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
I would ideally like to upgrade my processor and my ram. To achieve this, i also need to buy a new motherboard, which will then require a new case, as the Dell XPS 420 uses a BTX motherboard.
I was looking at the following components:
Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
But with all of these, i would cost me £340, do i need these upgrades, or do i just want it? I would love to upgrade and have a fantastic PC, but because of the stupid Dell's motherboard, i would need to buy it all in one go. I can afford it, but i would have to tighten up with my other purchases for the remainder of the month. Would it make my PC a lot better?
What do you all recommend? Any advice would be brilliant!
i found one gaming benchmark that compared these two or nearly did. the processor compared is like one model above yours. the game is Left 4 Dead, the resolution was at 1680x1050, with Medium settings
the 2500k did 213.00 fps and the core 2 quad did 127.70
so for games that are processor intensive it is worth it but i know battlefield 3 isnt processor intensive, not sure about crysis 2. i know rage is, if thats one of your goals.
I also forgot to add, i play at 1920 x 1080, 1080p
And as for the cooler, why isn't the arctic freezer right? The coolermaster 212 seems like another alternative, but will it fit in my case? and the fan doesnt actually blow onto the chip does it? it sit's differently to the arctic cooler?
Ha ha, i might just have to do this then! Will it pick up the FPS a bit? I ran Fraps while playing BF3 on high and ultra, on High, i'm getting around 50FPS and on Ultra about 30, will the upgrades pick this up a bit? I'm not too fussed about the FPS because most console games are limited to 30FPS anyway, so my pc will still blow them away
I'll have a look at the coolermaster then i reckon, i just don't know if i can bring myself to fork out that much money in one go! it's such a hard decision!
Hmmm, what's your rig like? And what games you playing at the moment? It's just i don't want to buy it, and then be like, owh man! lol. My current processor is poop though! I might order it all tomorrow, and have it by tuesday. How long will it take to set it all up, about an hour?
My rig? It's in my profile, and not as nice as yours will be.
You won't see an enormous difference (a 955 would probably give you the same results), but you'll be able to easily upgrade your GPU in the future without having to buy a new CPU. This is probably a good investment.
So, I decided I'm going to bite the bullet and spend the £340 on new upgrades! YEAH! However, I probably am willing to spend a little bit more, so is there anything else i need or tweaks I could make to my current selections? Do I need to buy anymore fans for my case? Shall I invest in a better case? A better cooler? Any advice within the next 2.5 hours would be great as that's when I'm ordering.