Parts Preferences: No specific brands. Whatever works.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Currently have a Dell Studio XPS 8100, want to upgrade a replace parts. Currently have 6gb of ram and for what I am doing, should I upgrade to 8gb or even 16gb? Also, if its worth it, should I just build a new computer and gain that experience? If so, budget will change to ~$750-900
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Mainly for gaming, only getting around 22-29fps in Guild Wars 2 on lowest setting.
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Currently, I have a Dell Studio XPS 8100, 6gb of Ram (DDR3 1066-1333Mhz Available), Radeon HD 5450.
I would like to get the best psu and gcard for around ~$300-500, unless reccomending I build a brand new computer.
I am 17, so this would be the first build for me, but I would love to gain that experience, I will be going into Computer Science in University.
You most likely won't have to build your entire PC due to how modern the components are, just upgrade a few parts here and there; which should increase your FPS significantly..that HD5450 is a lousy card for gaming
ANYWAY, long story short, here are upgrade parts -
HD7950 is a little slower than the HD7970 and a little faster than the HD7870, taking that into consideration, looking at that chart, you should get around 70FPS @ 1080p on the 'Best Appearance' preset
Thank you for the great answer and fast reply! I do know that my PC is pretty new, but if I do upgrade can I use the parts for my mother's eMachine EL1200? It's really weak, and I know the ram isn't compatible but will the gcard work? The Radeon 5450?