Hi, I have a very basic PC, and am trying to upgrade it into a decent gaming rig. I'm having trouble deciding about what I should upgrade first. This is gonna be my first time tinkering with my hardware. Here are the specs:
Budget: $200 at the moment, but I can save up my allowance monthly to get the next parts to upgrade.
- I'm thinking, I should get me an SSD first, preferrably 64GB or 128GB and plus, I have a spare 250GB Laptop HDD from my broken PS3 which I think can be added to my PC, right?
- Next, I could upgrade the video card, since I play a lot of games and do some photo and video editing. I've search around the internet and I've seen people suggest the Radeon 7770/7750 or GTX 650, I don't know..
- Get another 1156 mobo, an OC-friendly one, buy a cooling system and OC my i3 further.
- Keep my current mobo, and buy a used i5 760.
- Last option, or in the future, is to save up more and go Ivy Bridge and buy a 1155 mobo.
I would like to get something that will give me a good upgrade path and be able to play in few the years to come with playable settings.
Thank you very much in advance, and happy holidays!
if you're going to upgrade you go for what's going to matter the most............. video card. but I wouldn't buy any of those listed. didn't mention monitor/resolution........... but for a few more bucks you can get a 660ti for ( i think it was ) under $240 at newegg today.
that would make the biggest impact on performance. then I would look at the processor and then maybe an ssd........ which means nothing if the computer you're using can't do anything you want ( game ) to play well.
I was hoping to get a 128GB SSD first, then a video card next. I'm still in a dilemma if I should get a 7770, a gtx650, or a gtx550ti.
If you want the best *gaming performance* upgrade you can get out of $200, spend it all on a video card (a gtx 660 or an HD 7850/7870). Leave the ssd out for now.
If, instead of what you originally stated, you want an upgrade to the overall system that is *not* focused on gaming, *then* get an ssd.
the ssd will help your windows boot time, and loading times in games (and the few other times the game would need to read from the HDD), but it does *not* actually increase your in-game performance at all.
if indeed what you want is a game performance upgrade, spend it all on a video card.
So I got me a Crucial M4 128GB SSD today, installed and worked like a charm. Couldn't find me an 830.
I also threw out the 500GB HDD and replaced it with the spare 250GB HDD from the broken PS3.
Now I think the video card has to be upgraded. For months, I've been having this strange graphics card problem wherein I exit an application, whether its browsing with chrome or playing games, the screen suddenly freezes, turns black, then goes back to normal saying NVIDIA kernel driver blah blah has crashed. I've tried lots of versions of the driver, but I can't seem to fix it. Does anyone know how?
Anyway, back to the topic, I've got my eyes on the GTX 660 Ti or the HD 7850. Hopefully the prices of those would go down by the time I'd be able to save money for that. I'm ready to bust it all out on the video card.
For 200 you can do WAY better. For 200 you need to be getting a radeon 7850, or gtx 660. Either of those cards will blow away the two cards you picked. To give you an idea I had a gts 450 card, and when I upgraded I went for the 7850, the 2 cards you listed were maybe 20% faster than my 450 which was an entry level card and is now like 2-3 generations behind.