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October 14, 2012 6:39:29 AM

Hey All,

My system's gone 3 years without upgrades, so should I upgrade or get a new one?

My current config. is:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 925 2.8 GHz. (Replaced 18 months ago under warranty)

GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5670 1GB

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 320 GB 7200 RPM. Recently replaced under warranty

Cheap PSU. Works fine. Its about 350 W

Monitor: Samsung Samtron B1930 18.5" HD Ready


Approximate Purchase Date: In a month

Budget Range: 400$ for upgrades. 600$ for a new system.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Casual Gaming (I'm not a person who likes to max out games), Movies, Surfing.

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe. My Current one is a Samsung B1930 18.5" @ 1360x768


Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: No

Location: Bombay,India. Prices are 10-15% higher than those in US.

Parts Preferences:No preference.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire:No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1360x768. Not a fan of resolution

Additional Comments: I prefer games like COD's, GTA4, BF3, JC2.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: System's getting old. Might die one day.

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October 14, 2012 7:25:48 AM

That system wouldnt die soon, if it were, it would be because of the PSU.

Up that GPU to a 7850/7870 and you should be good. PSU maybe to a 500W one from Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, XFX or Silverstone. Thats about it, unless you feel your Phenom isnt doing its job anymore. I would suggest waiting til you have more money to make a new system since your current system is a bit outdated. (Maybe $800-1000) Although, if you want your upgrade soon, then thats no problem.
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October 14, 2012 11:07:13 AM

Thanks a lot for the prompt reply. Will surely get a new PSU in the coming days. (I suspected it of continuous breakdowns of the components). And for the GPU, Will save and get one in the coming months
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October 14, 2012 11:16:48 AM

You should consider overclocking the Phenom if you feel it's getting slow.
Also, I don't seem to see a RAM.
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October 14, 2012 1:13:35 PM

System is getting old?
I have a pentium 4 that is older than your rig.
You have a quad core there.
I would suggest overclocking or you can wait next year for new intel CPU.
My pentium 4 is 6 years old and it is still running great.
I don't think your machine will die anytime.

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October 14, 2012 1:18:48 PM

^It is old. Those processors will still run games, yes but not quite as good as current processors. Same with the GPU.

I feel dat oldness. I own a Compaq Presario CQ40 and it still runs some games albeit on low settings. :D 
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October 21, 2012 4:00:34 AM

Best answer selected by mihir94.
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October 21, 2012 4:02:31 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions.

@Excella : I have a 2GB DDR3 1333MHz Transcend. Will Upgrade to 4GB soon.
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