I'd like to upgrade my low-end gaming rig.

Hi,
I bought a Low-end gaming rig off of TigerDirect.com last year. It is a iBUYPOWER rig and I'd like to know how to decide on what GPU/PSU/RAM upgrades would be smart for me to purchase.

SPECS:

GIGABYTE M68MT-S2P motherboard >> http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3726#sp

4 GB of RAM (not sure on what layout that is in but I think the max RAM it will accept is 8GB)
(I definitely want to upgrade the RAM to 8GB)

AMD Athlon II X4 640 ~3.0GHz

ATI Radeon HD 5570

I don't want to spend more than like 200-250ish dollars all together, but i just want to be able to play some games like TES V: Skyrim and Diablo III and stuff a lot better.

Thanks in advanced!

ALSO: In my computer's performance score, my Disk data transfer rate is only rated at 5.9, how can I make that better or is it necessary to make it any better?
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  1. You didn't mention your budget. But that system is decent for a low end setup. You should get another 4GB of RAM and a new GPU since those are the weakest parts of your pc
  2. akxpckwb said:
    You didn't mention your budget. But that system is decent for a low end setup. You should get another 4GB of RAM and a new GPU since those are the weakest parts of your pc


    I am doing both of those things and I am going to have to also purchase a new PSU. My budget is around 200-250 at the most. I just want some specific recommendations for each particular part(i.e. brand/model/etc.).
  3. On the video card end of things you should get a Radeon HD 7770, the XFX one on new egg is only $120. Keep in mind that this is very close to a Radeon HD 6850 in speed but using much less power. The card will run anything out there some will have to be lowered settings but not Diablo that game has very low sys requirements


    P.S. your disk transfer rate is fine, its the same on my machine with my 7200RPM HDD, you won't get any higher unless you splurge on an SSD.
  4. dudemcduderson said:
    On the video card end of things you should get a Radeon HD 7770, the XFX one on new egg is only $120. Keep in mind that this is very close to a Radeon HD 6850 in speed but using much less power. The card will run anything out there some will have to be lowered settings but not Diablo that game has very low sys requirements


    P.S. your disk transfer rate is fine, its the same on my machine with my 7200RPM HDD, you won't get any higher unless you splurge on an SSD.


    So the 7770 is almost the same as the 6850 but using much less power, so what PSU would you recommend? It says 450W but would higher be better? Also, Since it is the cheapest brand(XFX), should I be worried about it running hot or something going wrong?
  5. Depends on the brand power supply you have now.
    If it is a quality brand ,no need to upgrade for the 7770.
    If it is a cheap-o definately upgrade.
  6. Unolocogringo said:
    Depends on the brand power supply you have now.
    If it is a quality brand ,no need to upgrade for the 7770.
    If it is a cheap-o definately upgrade.


    I actually just obtained an NZXT Performance Power 600 2.2V(PP-600) PSU. I don't know if this is a quality brand or not. I also read something about someone complaining that the plugs aren't correctly labeled. I'm not sure on any of that.
  7. That is a real cheap-o power supply.
    Tier 5 on this list.
    http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
    Hope you did not pay over $10.00 forit.
    It is in the replace as soon as possible list.
  8. Unolocogringo said:
    That is a real cheap-o power supply.
    Tier 5 on this list.
    http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
    Hope you did not pay over $10.00 forit.
    It is in the replace as soon as possible list.


    Well, that sucks but luckily I haven't paid anything for it yet.

    Also, I've been reading and if I buy the 7770, would I experience a lot of bottle necking with my older processor? (AMD Athlon II X4 640)
  9. 7770 is 128bit :D while hd6870 is 256-bit

    6870 has higher memory bandwith, texel rate and pixel rate

    http://www.hwcompare.com/11924/radeon-hd-6870-vs-radeon-hd-7770/
  10. If u could get hd 6870 U'll be able to play most of the games
  11. UAhmed said:
    If u could get hd 6870 U'll be able to play most of the games


    BUT, my major concern is whether or not it'll be bottle necked on my because of my processor.
  12. no i don't think it'll be too much bottlenecked. Here take a look at this

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/316498-28-will-athlon-processor-bottleneck
  13. UAhmed said:
    no i don't think it'll be too much bottlenecked. Here take a look at this

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/316498-28-will-athlon-processor-bottleneck


    Hmm.. That is really helpful. and isn't the 560 much more powerful than the 7770 or the 6870? So if 560 won't have too bad of bottle necking, these will have almost no bottle necking.
  14. mspaintwizard1999 said:
    Hmm.. That is really helpful. and isn't the 560 much more powerful than the 7770 or the 6870? So if 560 won't have too bad of bottle necking, these will have almost no bottle necking.


    yes, a 560 beats a hd 6870 in most games. But a 560 ti surely beats a hd 6870 and of course a 7770

    here, the benchmarks between hd 6870 and 560 TI

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=547

    and this is between 6870 and 560

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=543

    I don't think it'll be much bottlenecked u'll be able to play games smoothly.
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