Mobo: msi G31TM-P21 (LGA775)
CPU: Intel Pentium D 930 3.0GHz ((but I'm upgrading to a Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz))
RAM: 2GB DDR2 667 (2x1)
GPU: Radeon HD 5450
PSU: 350watt Turbolink Switching Power Supply (Model: LC-A350ATX)
I am planning on purchasing an Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz from a friend of mine (practically for free ) and decided that it's also time to upgrade to a better video card.
I've done a lot of research and have finally decided on the Radeon HD 7750. My main concern is whether I'd need to upgrade my RAM as well. AMD's site says that 4GB of RAM is required for this card but I was wondering if i could get by with only 2GB. Also, from what I've seen a 350w PSU will be enough for this card as long as it is a decent brand, but I have no idea if mine is decent... Any opinions regarding my PSU would be appreciated.
I am not looking for a complete overhaul. I'd like to keep the same mobo and PSU, and the same RAM too if possible. I don't have a lot of money and although new RAM is in my budget, I'd prefer to avoid the extra cost. Because of this I also considered the HD 6670. If it is more compatible with my PC specs then I'd be willing to settle for the loss in performance.
You can get by with 2GB of RAM if the only thing running is one program and nothing else. But, in today's tech you need at least 4GB RAM. The 7750 will compliment your computer well. Along with the CPU and RAM upgrade that you are planning.
to dkanderson how important is ram upgrades? the more the better or with a 6 core cpu is there a cut off point? I was going to go with the amd fx-6120 cpu and radeon hd 7570 2gb gpu for a good starting point and what are your thoughts on that setup...
@tazmo, it really depends on the how the game utilizes the different components. Some games are CPU intensive, others are GPU intensive, while some use a lot of memory such as GTA IV. So overall, it's beneficial to upgrade RAM to a certain point. Preferrably 6GB-8GB. 4GB is currently sufficient for many users. But, it's the speed of the RAM that will make a difference. The only reason for anything above 6GB is for opening multiple programs, having a lot of tabs in the web browser, basically having a lot of stuff open.
Fortunately, your CPU can support faster RAM. The interesting about the 7570 is that there are no benchmarks, but according to it's specs it's pretty much a low-end card. You are bottlenecking there if you are gaming.