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Upgrading my Rig - Need advice

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August 27, 2012 3:22:23 PM

Hello,

My PC is due for an upgrade, the games I play get less than optimal FPS. I was sure it was a graphics card issue until I ran a benchmark test with PC Wizard and apparently it's my processor.

Goals
With Diablo 3 and Planetside 2, I usualy run with about 40 FPS, however, it drops to 10-20 during large fights. This is what I'd like to eliminate.

Budget: Up to 800$


I have 4GB of RAM and I'm wondering if I really need more. I have a hardware monitor installed on my computer and the ram never gets near being full.

System Specs
> Mainboard : Gigabyte GA-790XT-USB3
> Chipset : AMD 790X
> Processor : AMD Phenom II X4 965e @ 3400 MHz
> Physical Memory : 4096 MB (2 x 2048 DDR3-SDRAM )
> Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
> Hard Disk : Western Digital WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 ATA Device (1000GB)
> Hard Disk : SAMSUNG HD502HI (500GB)
> DVD-Rom Drive : HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW CH10LS20
> Monitor Type : LG Electronics LG TV - 47 inches
> Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
> Network Card : Broadcom BCM4309 802.11a/b/g
> Operating System : Windows 7 Enterprise Professional Media Center 6.01.7600 (64-bit)
> DirectX : Version 11.00
> Windows Performance Index : 5.9 on 7.9

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August 27, 2012 3:37:26 PM

Hello. I would recommend upgrading from 4 GB of RAM to at least 8 GB. You could also upgrade your CPU to an AMD FX-8120/8150 if you wanted(requires a motherboard upgrade). If you want Intel, go for the i5-2500K or i5-3570K. The GPU is alright unless you want a big boost. If you do, then go for a GTX 660 ti if your budget allows. All of these are just suggestions and helpful advice. ;) 
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August 27, 2012 3:55:24 PM

I might also increase RAM to 8 GB if only because it's cheap. You should overclock your CPU to gain a good boost in performance before considering an upgrade.
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August 27, 2012 4:07:33 PM

I posted this in another forum and the people there are of the opinion that it's a heat management issue.

Considering my hardware, I should be getting better framerates in general.

I didn't check which one but some fans in my PC get very noisy during gaming.
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August 27, 2012 4:26:19 PM

Check HWMonitor.
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August 27, 2012 4:29:47 PM

Well 4 GB is not exactly what you would want to have in a gaming rig. So upgrade it to 8 GB. Anyway RAM is pretty cheap these days.
Yes your processor is definitely the issue here.
If you are an AMD fanboy then FX 8120/8150 should be great but as it is well known as of today hardly anyone would recommend AMD over Intel. :non: 
So you can get i5 2500k but if you are not comfortable getting almost 2 year old technology then Ivy brigde i5 3570k beats i5 2500k by a little margin but also costs a little more.

Intel processor should also last you a little longer than AMD. :) 
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August 27, 2012 4:35:14 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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August 27, 2012 5:07:10 PM

amgamer29 said:
Well 4 GB is not exactly what you would want to have in a gaming rig. So upgrade it to 8 GB. Anyway RAM is pretty cheap these days.
Yes your processor is definitely the issue here.
If you are an AMD fanboy then FX 8120/8150 should be great but as it is well known as of today hardly anyone would recommend AMD over Intel. :non: 
So you can get i5 2500k but if you are not comfortable getting almost 2 year old technology then Ivy brigde i5 3570k beats i5 2500k by a little margin but also costs a little more.

Intel processor should also last you a little longer than AMD. :) 


My mobo has an AM3 socket, which is a bit outdated. If I get a new processor I'll have to change the board as well :??: 

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From the looks of it if I want to upgrade a single piece I'll have to revamp the whole machine so I'll probably get some ram, a better heat-sink/fan and overclock it for a year or two until I start from scratch.
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