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Will this upgrade make any difference?

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October 8, 2012 6:30:12 PM

Hello, I live in Brazil and I've had the same computer specifications for a while now, but I've saved up some money to make some upgrades, and I wanted to know if these upgrades would make my PC more powerful (game-wise).

Processor: Core 2 Quad 9650 (upgraded from a Core 2 Duo E6550)

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 (upgraded from a GeForce 9500 GT)

RAM: 8GB DDR2 800 MHz (upgraded from 4GB DDR2 667 MHz)

Power Source: PP-550PL1NC

I have an Intel DG33BU motherboard and I wanted a gaming computer to last me at least another year. Then I'll move back to the States and will be able to purchase a better gaming rig for alot less money. I just wanted to know if this new hardware will help my PC run some of the more modern games, such as Shogun II: Total War, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Far Cry 2, Crysis 2, GTA IV, StarCraft II, etc with DECENT specs and fps.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 8, 2012 8:00:24 PM

Well, that will be a substantial upgrade, I wouldn't get a new cpu though, I would honestly just consider saving your money, so when you get back in the us. If you can get a new system and save yourself $400(that is how much those two cost on ebay). You could build a substantially better computer. But that is your choice if you don't think you can wait til next year. But the 480 will make a big difference, not sure about the cpu though.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 8, 2012 8:08:30 PM

That power supply doesnt look like enough for a 480 to be honest.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 8, 2012 8:22:53 PM

Deemo13 said:
That power supply doesnt look like enough for a 480 to be honest.

He is right. I wouldn't get a 480 unless I had at least 700w. My friend can barely run two with a 1000w so. I would look at a 470, 460, 560, and 560se
October 8, 2012 11:46:40 PM

Do you know what wattage would be enough for that rig? I'm thinking of getting a real 700W power supply as well.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 8, 2012 11:57:35 PM

Well, it completely depends on the quality of the 700W. You might be safer with a good 750W
a b B Homebuilt system
October 9, 2012 1:15:07 AM

I don't think it is smart to get a 480 right now. If you absolutely need an upgrade for less than a year, I would go with a 7750, 650, or 6670. That will play most games well and will be right around $100. I don't you should spend more than that though.
October 9, 2012 6:19:45 PM

I was thinking on getting a Radeon originally, but unfortunately it's pretty hard to find them around here. Thanks for all the help, but do you think that with those specs I'll be able to run the games I listed smoothly?
October 9, 2012 7:37:54 PM

I'm always disappointed at how little power my computer actually draws. I got this 950W PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II, running two 5770s in crossfire with a whole bunch of HDDs, and the Phenom II 955BE and it only ever draws around 400W from the outlet... Guess it's better to be safe than sorry...
a b B Homebuilt system
October 9, 2012 7:49:11 PM

Yea, but the 480 draws probably more than 2 5770's :) 

Such a power hog....and heat maker.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 9, 2012 8:14:09 PM

If I were you I wouldn't spend more than $100 on a new card. A $100 card should easily be more powerful than yours, I would get a 650 if you can't go with radeon or a 560se