Upgrading Gaming PC

Hi all,


I am looking to upgrade my existing gaming rig. Valuable advice would be appreciated - PC details as follows.

This Gaming PC was assembled in March 2010 with the intent to give Second/Last upgrade in future.
I believe now is the time to upgrade.

Processor: Intel core i3 530 @ 2.93ghz
Motherboard: Intel® Desktop Board DH55TC
Ram: Kingston 2 GB (KVR1333D3N9/2G) X 4
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 4850 2GB Sapphire (KIA ) Please recommend one !
PSU: Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 460 W
HDD: WD 500 GB
Cabinet: Coller Master Elite 311
Monitor: Dell ST2220 21.5inch HD LCD

Mouse: Razer Death Adder 3500 DPI Mouse
Keyboard: Dell Normal Keyboard
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  1. Exactly what are you looking to upgrade, other than the gpu? Getting the latest processors will entail changing the motherboard as well. I don't think RAM is as issue since you already have 8 GB. What is your upgrade budget?

    These are some good GPUs which could run on your current PSU:

    XFX HD-685A-ZCFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150618

    HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402

    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P4-2652-KR GeForce GTX 650 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130828

    ASUS ENGTX550 Ti/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121630

    not a very huge upgrade from the 4850, but that's the best your PSU can handle safely.
  2. Hello & Welcome.
    If you could tell us what's your preferences and your budget, we'd be able to assist you correctly.
  3. @ksampanna
    Shouldn't this be transferred to system section?
  4. ilysaml said:
    @ksampanna
    Shouldn't this be transferred to system section?


    I can't even if I want to ;)
  5. Ok, sounds strange though!
  6. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Amdfangirl
  7. I am open to PSU changes if that helps in getting a decent Graphic Card.

    How about ?

    a) ASUS Nvidia GTX 560 Ti CU
    b) Crosair CMPSU-600GUK 600 Watts
    c) Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Cooler

    The above upgrade should suffice another 3-4 years of rigorous game play. If not ...suggestions?

    Intent here is to bring this RIG back in to competition and give decent game performance for online games like World of Tanks.


    Thanks.
  8. CPU
    Intel Core i5 3570K $230
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
    CPU Cooler
    CM Hyper 212 Evo $31
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    MOBO
    ASUS P8Z77-V $190
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820
    VGA
    All the graphics card suggested by ksamp won't help you, you game at 1080P Full HD, you need at least something powerful like HD 7870 to keep up with the latest games at such a resolution, if you have no budget you can upgrade to GTX 670.
    Gigabyte HD 7870 $260
    Gigabyte GTX 670 $400
    RAM
    Any 8GB Kit from Corsair or G.Skill
    G.Skill 8GB 1600 CL9
    PSU
    A quality branded 500W PSu should be very sufficient unless you'll need to SLI/CF in the future.
    Antec 500W
    Case
    Cooler Master Storm Enforcer is a decent case with proper air flow.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240
    SSD
    Will support faster boot and loading times, great R/W transfer rates
    Samsung 830 SSD $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147134
  9. Thanks for the reply.

    My question will I run into any performance bottlenecks with my above upgrade choices.

    Dont wont under utilized GPU
  10. No there won't be any problems.
  11. Hi,

    Taking to your advice I have bought some of the components and looking for deals on other components.

    Not a huge fan of overclocking and not planning on it.

    Bought -

    GPU: Asus Nvidia GTX 560 (Not Ti)
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 4GB X 2
    PSU: Corsair 600W
    Cabinet: Corsair 300 R (Corsair products are awesome)

    To Be Done:

    Processor Core i5 2500K
    Motherboard: !
    HDD: !
  12. There's no problem with the components you picked, but a GTX 560 for heavy gaming is not a good idea, games are more demanding than before, a 2GB of VRAM became a must, put up some money and try to get at least HD 7850 or HD 7870.

    For the motherboard, any Z77 or Z68 will carry the 2500K, and it's a great gaming chip by the way.

    For HDD, a 500GB WD Blue or a 1TB would be so sweet.

    Also, a nice SSD will give you a good boost for gaming and other applications.
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