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October 3, 2011 5:24:33 AM

Hello,

I am very new to computers and bought a computer desktop i7 2600k sandy bridge about a month ago and I need opinions on what to upgrade in order to play games like battlefield 3 and able to play 5.1-7.1 speakers.


Specs:

CPU Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad-Core Desktop Processor.
Motherboard: Biostar H61MU3 (B3 stepping) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Vidoe Card: Intel HD Graphics 3000 (integrated)
Memory: High Speed 4GB DDR3 Gaming Memory
Hard Drive: 1TB Hard Drive
DVD Burner: 24x DVD SATA Dual-Layer Burner
Case: ATX Mid Tower Case with 500W PSU
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

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a c 761 U Graphics card
October 3, 2011 11:53:40 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Graphics & Displays by Area51reopened
October 3, 2011 12:04:51 PM

You'll just need a good Graphics card for your system, and a PSU, depending on your GPU.
By the way, what are you planning to spend?
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October 3, 2011 12:17:18 PM

Look into these. Both cards will run BF3 on high settings or at least reccomended settings.
GTX 560 ti 1GB
Amd Radeon 6950 2GB
Make sure your Power supply can handle these Graphics cards. 500w is minimum to run either one. Both of these cards are big so keep in mind space in your tower.
October 3, 2011 6:11:06 PM

Thanks, I'm just willing to spend a medium amount for a graphics card maybe around 100$ i dont really know how much these cost and wow do i have to spend 250 for the graphics card?
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2011 6:14:09 PM

you will need a new psu regardless if you are running a no name come with the case psu. if you want to play bf3 with alot of high settings then you will need to spend money on a power supply and a minimum of 200 on a gpu
what power supply do you have atm ?
October 3, 2011 6:21:58 PM

500pw i think
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2011 6:26:24 PM

i want to know what brand, model, etc.? if you don't know, chances are its crap <no offense> and you will need to replace it along with your GPU. a cheap power supply can harm your system or catch fire, and also will give you a headache with under performing gpu's. the questions is, what type of performance would you settle for, and what is the max amount you would put down on a new upgrade?
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2011 7:21:09 PM

not being mean, but that didnt help. open your case, and there should be some numbers and a brand name on the psu
October 3, 2011 8:02:35 PM

ok if im looking at it right its a atx p4 power supply

ac input:115,230V, 5/2.5A, 50/60Hz
Ky-550atx: 30a 18A 0.8A 30A 2.5A 550W
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2011 8:35:23 PM

Yeah you def need a new psu. Corsair, seasonic, and antech are the brands to get. That psu in your system is budget an will fail on a gaming system
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2011 8:46:07 PM

Yeah you need a better PSU go for one of the brands the poster above me listed, also you will need a new graphics card.

What is your budget?
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2011 8:49:35 PM

Also it looks like you could do with a new case, the airflow on that one will suck so your components may run too hot.
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2011 8:59:40 PM

Gothams Finest said:
Also it looks like you could do with a new case, the airflow on that one will suck so your components may run too hot.

it depends on the style of card he gets; reference design will be more ideal for that case and the heat will exhaust out the rear of the case. budget please, and then we can get the best suggestion in your price range
October 3, 2011 9:47:59 PM

umm, maybe around 150 but if i cant get anything near that maybe 250
October 3, 2011 10:19:40 PM

alright i'll try getting them. thanks
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2011 10:38:57 PM

FlintIronStagg said:
it depends on the style of card he gets; reference design will be more ideal for that case and the heat will exhaust out the rear of the case


True
October 3, 2011 10:53:02 PM

I would need a new power supple to play battlefield 3 but to play any other game like league of legends is fine?
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2011 10:58:24 PM

No you need a new power supply to play any game.
a c 106 U Graphics card
October 3, 2011 11:11:21 PM

A 2600K on an H61. Why, why I ask. May as well have gotten the cheaper 2600 or 2500 as the unlocked multiplier is useless on those boards. Anyway...

If you don't want to upgrade the PSU then open the system up, get all the information you can on the label, and research the model number on the internet. If it's a 500W unit that's really a 350W unit (it happens) then the best you can probably do is a 5670 but that may be pushing it. If it's decent, then a Radeon 5770 would be a good fit. If you want to put in a 6870, GTX460, or better video card then you need a good PSU and likely should replace the one you have

October 3, 2011 11:39:54 PM

FlintIronStagg said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
so for a little over 200 bux you can have a decent build. its not the best, but for the money you want to spend, it is

This isnt going to be ideal for him. The system will overheat especially with a GPU like the 460. That thing runs hot in general and is an old model here are two upgrade suggestions that will cost you about 275 but is tottaly worth it. Dont upgrade to a 520 watt when you have a 500. Upgrade to a 700 w here is a suggestion.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That PSU is 70$ AFTER mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That GPU is 200 after mail in rebate
This is for a decent build and the ability to upgrade it further later on. Be careful about upgrading the PSU and in general. Make sure parts are compatible.
October 4, 2011 1:51:46 AM

Thanks. I also heard that my ram or memory isnt good enough what should i upgrade that with?
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 4:17:56 AM

theitaliansico said:
This isnt going to be ideal for him. The system will overheat especially with a GPU like the 460. That thing runs hot in general and is an old model here are two upgrade suggestions that will cost you about 275 but is tottaly worth it. Dont upgrade to a 520 watt when you have a 500. Upgrade to a 700 w here is a suggestion.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That PSU is 70$ AFTER mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That GPU is 200 after mail in rebate
This is for a decent build and the ability to upgrade it further later on. Be careful about upgrading the PSU and in general. Make sure parts are compatible.

are you kidding me?
why would he put a non reference card in a system that has very little airflow? and why is the corsair better than the less expensive antech i linked? the 500w he has is crap, and will most likely push out a little over 300w. thats why i suggested the 520, which is a quality made psu that can handle the card he can afford. the reason i recomended a reference style card is he doesnt have good case airflow and it will exhaust the hot air out of his case, and this will fit his budget alot better without having to do any other unnecessary changes. the 460 will not overheat his system. a non reference card with a case without intake, and a large exit will overheat his system. what you recommended will go over his 250.00 " stretch" max when he doesnt really want to spend over 150. Even the one i recommended is a stretch, but way more affordable/sensible
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 12:09:50 PM

theitaliansico said:
This isnt going to be ideal for him. The system will overheat especially with a GPU like the 460. That thing runs hot in general and is an old model here are two upgrade suggestions that will cost you about 275 but is tottaly worth it. Dont upgrade to a 520 watt when you have a 500. Upgrade to a 700 w here is a suggestion.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That PSU is 70$ AFTER mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That GPU is 200 after mail in rebate
This is for a decent build and the ability to upgrade it further later on. Be careful about upgrading the PSU and in general. Make sure parts are compatible.


Why are you recommending a non reference card to him, have you not seen his case? Hes needs a reference design.
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 12:17:20 PM

boxofbread said:
Thanks. I also heard that my ram or memory isnt good enough what should i upgrade that with?


I don't know, you haven't said what your memory is. All that is said about it on the ebay page is DDR3 1333MHz, which should be fine. An upgrade to 1600MHz would probably not give any performance gains.

But why buy a pre built computer in the first place and then come here asking what parts you should change? Why didnt you just custom build it in the first place or if your not confident or too lazy to do it yourself, why not go some were that could custom build you one and save your self some money, rather than buying a computer of ebay that comes with a cheap parts and then changing them.
October 4, 2011 4:41:04 PM

I didnt know I'm not that good with computers and was in need of a new one and i just thought i7 2600k sandy bridge was good and also a 500w. I didnt know it would be that cheap.
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 6:27:45 PM

its alright; there is no need to explain yourself, our friend gothem here is a bit on the abrasive side.
that gtx460 is a good card, and will be the best for your needs right now esp. since you need a new power supply to adequately run it. i still stand by my suggestions for you, and hope you consider them in making your final decision.
the stuff that italian suggested for you would be better technically, but for your situation and budget, wouldnt be the best choice for you
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2011 7:00:05 PM

I agree with FlintIronStagg (on all points made) a GTX460 and a nice good quality power supply would be a good choice for you.

You will have a very nice computer after you have upgraded.
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