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January 19, 2012 11:43:46 AM

Hello,

I have a question regarding a prospective upgrade in the next couple of weeks. I'm on a very limited budget and am looking to upgrade my pc to play some games. It's quite low spec but It should be able to handle some modern games okay I think.



intel core 2 duo e4500
4gb ddr2
radeon 5770 (upgrade)
Cooler Master GX 450W '80 Plus' Power Supply (upgrade)

My questions is, If I purchase this upgrade will the PSU be enough to run my PC. Also, I only have one dvdrw drive and no extra fans, LEDS in place.

Any help would be much appreciated.
Thank you.

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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2012 11:59:21 AM

Yes it will be fine.That PSU keep theese pc parts
Case - Bitfenix Shinobi w/ 4 120mm Fans
CPU - AMD 1100T @ 3.7ghz
Mobo - Asrock 970 EXTREME4
Memory - Gskill ripjaw 2x4GB 1600mhz
Video - ATI HD5770
a c 175 U Graphics card
January 19, 2012 1:14:16 PM

Yes it will be fine.
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January 19, 2012 1:31:57 PM

Yes PSU can run it. I run my 5770 with my Core i5-750 @ 3.0Ghz with 12GB RAM; I can play games fine. Running at 1080 I handle BF3 and Skyrim pretty well... high settings.. I think your limitations would stem from mostly the CPU... of course adding more RAM would be nice, but I think your biggest bottleneck would be the CPU(especially with more CPU-dependent games ie BF3 and Skyrim).

Although with the 7xxx series coming soon, you may be seeing the 6850/6870 coming down closer the the 5770 price range... but at that point you may be needing a bigger PSU... and definitely will be bottle-necked by your CPU..

What do you plan on playing?
January 19, 2012 2:56:05 PM

OK thanks guys, not sure about games. Perhaps mass effect 1, fallout 3, crysis 1 etc. Realistic thinking?
January 19, 2012 3:05:24 PM

sorry, meant mass effect 2..
January 19, 2012 3:06:29 PM

sanderse said:
OK thanks guys, not sure about games. Perhaps mass effect 1, fallout 3, crysis 1 etc. Realistic thinking?


Too realistic.

The 5770 is a little mid-range beast. It is still one hell of a card, and has a better data rate the the newer 6770.

I had a 5770 that was underclocked and I could max every game I had, save for Crysis and Metro 2033, and could still play them on high.

I would say you will do fine in BF3 on high with AA off in 1080p. In Skyrim you will do fine, and if you overclock your CPU, you may come close to maxing it (I maxed Oblivion with ease with my 5770).
January 19, 2012 4:35:57 PM

overclock your cpu if u are doing this upgrade
January 19, 2012 4:38:34 PM

Thanks for the comments pell380 and PCgamer 81. Pell380, would it be safe to overclock my intel e4500? Is it easy to do and would I require any fans etc or could I just do it simply. Also, how much would you recommend overclocking it by? Thanks and sorry my overclocking knowledge is terrible..
January 19, 2012 5:59:25 PM

sanderse said:
Thanks for the comments pell380 and PCgamer 81. Pell380, would it be safe to overclock my intel e4500? Is it easy to do and would I require any fans etc or could I just do it simply. Also, how much would you recommend overclocking it by? Thanks and sorry my overclocking knowledge is terrible..


Well, Pell380 may want to give you his own perspective, but until then, I think I can answer that...

Your e4500 can be overclocked. But how well has a lot to do with many factors.

Did I read somewhere that your motherboard was the Asrock 970 Extreme 4?

If that's the mobo, then overclocking should be a breeze. Don't attempt it with a stock heatsink - I recommend the Hyper 212+ at minimum.

I can get my sandy bridge up to 4.5GHz with it, and that's plenty. Your Core 2 should get up to perhaps 3.2GHz with it, maybe even more (that is speculation and I have no clue as to what I'm talking about).

You will also want to add a few 120mm fans, and keep your cables managed to allow for proper airflow.

Perhaps Pell380 can pick up where I left off and go into a little better detail.

a c 175 U Graphics card
January 20, 2012 6:22:30 AM

Wait... How can 970 Chipset be used with a Core 2 Duo :o .
January 20, 2012 8:46:31 AM

motherboard is 946gz :/ 
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