Hey all. Got some questions about upgrading a desktop assembled in late 2009. Not looking to get new system until mid-next year. Current computer specs: Asus P5QL-PRO
Intel ATX E7600 CORE 2 DUO
Western Digital 2TB SATAII HDD 32M Cache Green Power
2x OCZ DDR2 4G(2x2G)PC8500 1066Mhz Platinum
Antec Three Hundred Tower Gaming Case
Antec ATX EarthWatts 500W
Gigabyte GTX260+(216SP) SOO
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
I want to run newer games at better quality than now. I was thinking about getting Gigabyte HD 7850 OC for a GPU upgrade but want to make sure of a couple of things:
- Is there a better GPU at a similar price range (AU$259 at Umart)?
- Worthwhile to OC the CPU? Never done it before (have only read guides online) and I assume newer games won’t run as well on the older dual core anyway.
- Is the PSU good enough for the GPU? What if the CPU is OCd? Some details on the GPU: 5V, 3.3V max load at 130W, 12V1 and 12V2 max load at 408W.
- If CPU is OC’d I’ll need to get a cooler. Thinking about either Hyper 212 Evo or Hyper 412 Slim. Will either fit in the case? Is PSU going to be enough with that added? Is there a better cooler at a similar price range (212 Evo $36, 412 Slim $48)?
Quite noobish to building/upgrading a system. Will there be much gain for a $350 upgrade?
Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 weeks Budget Range: Max AU$350 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video encoding Are you buying a monitor: No Parts to Upgrade: GPU, maybe CPU cooling Do you need to buy OS: No Preferred Website(s) for Parts:www.umart.com.au (Milton or Eight Mile Plains) Parts Preferences: None Overclocking: Maybe SLI or Crossfire: No Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Additional Comments: Games to run - Spec Ops: The Line, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Deus Ex: HR, Crysis, Crysis 2, Starcraft 2, Diablo 3; Encoding program - Mediacoder And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Run newer games at better quality.
Also MSY dosnt stock the Coolmaster Hyper 212+/Evo but if you picked one of those up you could overclock ur CPU instead of buying an old quad. You are right about games not running aswell on a dual than a quad.. but most games are still made for dual cores so over clocking is still a viable option