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Should I upgrade my rig?

Hi all, this is my first time on this forum so forgive me if I sound like a total noob.

Anyhoo, I am wondering if I should rebuild my current gaming rig as I am getting pretty bad performance from some games I play (mostly BF3) and everything seems really slow even if I am just trying to open a folder in windows. I know part of the problem is that I am still using Vista and it sometimes steal all of my ram so my justification is that since I am going to reinstall everything anyway, i might as well rebuild my rig.

my current rig:
AMD Phenom 9650 x 4 @ 2.3Ghz
4gb DDR2 800Mhz
AMD Radeon 6950

Suggestion?
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More about should upgrade
  1. Install windows 7 or 8
  2. or Vista with latest service pack.
  3. Best answer
    mavx4 said:
    Hi all, this is my first time on this forum so forgive me if I sound like a total noob.

    Anyhoo, I am wondering if I should rebuild my current gaming rig as I am getting pretty bad performance from some games I play (mostly BF3) and everything seems really slow even if I am just trying to open a folder in windows. I know part of the problem is that I am still using Vista and it sometimes steal all of my ram so my justification is that since I am going to reinstall everything anyway, i might as well rebuild my rig.

    my current rig:
    AMD Phenom 9650 x 4 @ 2.3Ghz
    4gb DDR2 800Mhz
    AMD Radeon 6950

    Suggestion?


    -Definitely upgrade windows.
    -Your RAM is ok for the moment being
    -Overclock the CPU to at least 2.6 GHz
    -The graphics card is above average so keep that!

    Overall I would say you should be ok for another year if you do what I say, and your graphics card is fine for sure. However you may want to upgrade cpu/ram/motherboard soon. I would say wait to Intel's Haswell and/or AMD's steamroller CPU's come out this year and then make the switch.
  4. Yes, I would upgrade your PC. You should look into new MOBO, CPU and RAM.
  5. ^ Upgrade your CPU/Motherboard/RAM... What is your budget?
  6. I would agree, upgrade your mobo CPU and RAM.

    While a format may cure the general slowness when browsing, it won't improve your gaming experience much.

    I would keep your GPU, it should be great once you get a decent CPU in the machine.

    Add in an SSD to your build if you have the budget :)
  7. If I upgrade, I will probably go with i5 3570k with 16gb 1600mhz c9 (I do abit of photoshop and stuff btw). I am just not sure whether it is worth it upgrade now or stick with my current rig and wait for Haswell. I am torned as I am stuggling to play BF3 and any CPU intensive game but I am good with most games with low CPU requirement.
  8. mavx4 said:
    If I upgrade, I will probably go with i5 3570k with 16gb 1600mhz c9 (I do abit of photoshop and stuff btw). I am just not sure whether it is worth it upgrade now or stick with my current rig and wait for Haswell. I am torned as I am stuggling to play BF3 and any CPU intensive game but I am good with most games with low CPU requirement.


    Overclock now and WAIT FOR HASWELL!!!
  9. Your pc is good enough for maxout any game.just install windows 7 and you will be fine.
  10. Best answer selected by mavx4.
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