Upgrade/New Build for Planetside 2.

Upgrade/New Build advice.

This could be an interesting one for any enthusiasts! First build but I've done lots of upgrades and know at least the theory of PC building..

I'm currently running this,

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
Memory: 2gb ddr 2 (2x1gb) (Above MOBO limits DDR3 at 4gb and DDR2 at 8gb)
PSU: 500w

Now, I'm looking to upgrade this or build a new PC in order to play Planet-side 2 and hence other high spec games.

So first question is - What would be the BEST possible CPU, GPU that the Asus P5KC could take? And would that get me anywhere near playing Planetside 2 at (at least decent settings/fps)?

--Planetside 2 Min Specs--:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz / AMD Athlon X2 running at 2.2 GHz
RAM: 2GB Memory
GPU RAM: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 256 MB of VRAM
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 / AMD Radeon HD 3870 or greater

CPU: Intel Core i5-661 3.33GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 910
RAM: 4GB Memory
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / AMD Radeon HD 5850 or greater

I fear it'll be either impossible or not worth it.

SO. Having an ATX standard case (front and side fans installed) and a 500w power supply. What kind of planetside 2 capable PC could I build?
Not interested in discrete sound card, wireless networking and the like in initial build process.
Budget would be in the region of 600-1000, shoot for 800. (excluding OS, accessories and monitors)
I operate in Euros but feel free to think out loud in your currency of choice.

Thank you! (Maybe future-fellow planetside 2 players can give their input too!)
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  1. Well, I play Planetside 2, and its crazy how much of my 2500K it actually uses.

    The best you can probably put on that board is a Core2Quad. It would be able to run it, but is almost not really worth it unless you can get one for a good price.

    You might have to reinstall Windows though with a new motherboard, which honestly sucks. Youe E8400 is nice, but I would recommend a video card upgrade.

    Have you tried the game on your computer yet? I would recommend more RAM too, but DDR2 is expensive.
  2. Ok. Now here's the thing - that game is very, VERY horribly "optimized."

    My i5-3570k and GTX 670 were getting about 40 fps with stock settings, and about 30 when all settings were maxxed... on a rig that usually will max out a game at 120 frames a second.

    I'd wait a little while and see what updates bring with it.
  3. Really? I get more than that with my 570's, which you should be able to keep up with.
  4. The game won't even launch due to gpu.
    I'd be happy with 40 fps on medium! Although fps is more important in shooters..

    I need a new GPU yes, but will my MOBO limit my choice in anyway? I'm not sure tbh! I know an i5/i7 wouldn't work on current MOBO.
    Current MOBO also limits DDR3 at 4gb which ain't ideal, especially for Planet-side 2.
    As per Deemo13's advice I could get an Core2Quad but for the same price I could get an i5..

    So I am probably looking at getting a new MOBO, would there be any graphics card I could buy that'd work on current build for playing planetside that I could later add to my new rig?

    And maybe if you could recommend something in the budget of €800/£650/$1000?
    Maybe I'll need more than my 500w psu? Have basic HD I'd use for time being and grab a small 60gb SSD for OS/used apps along the road..
  5. If its a good power supply, you would be able to run a 7850 or a 7870, which you can add to your build later.
  6. How about GTX 660/660Ti? And will the same PSU be ok in the new build with same one of the aforementioned GPUs and an i5 3.4ghz etc?
    Thank you.
  7. Well, you didn't state the brand or model of the power supply, so I cannot be sure.
  8. Excuse me, its a - Evo lab ATX E-500BR. Thanks :)

    I will probably order a new gpu and 2x4gb ddr3 (and use one in current rig and save second for future build) and a new PSU if needed,.
  9. That power supply brand does not sound convincing, as its not really mainstream and doesnt sound like it has any certifications.
  10. Ok thank you, I'll get a new PSU then
  11. Most things from Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, or XFX will do.
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