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January 30, 2013 5:11:10 PM

Hello,

I have a custom built PC which I would like to upgrade to some really good components in order to play games such as Crysis 3 without any FPS lag.

I'm playing the Crysis 3 BETA at the moment, and it's running fine on high settings, 40-50 FPS, but as soon as I crank up the AA and the other settings to very high, I get around 25 FPS, which isn't too good.

I don't want to build a completely new PC, so I'm hoping to just upgrade the components.

Firstly, my PC specs:

Intel Core i5 3570 3.4Ghz ~ 3.8Ghz Turbo Boost
MSI GTX 460 Hawk 1GB
Corsair XMS3 1333Mhz 4GB RAM
Gigabyte GA H61M S2PV Motherboard
300GB 5400RPM HD
Generic 500W power supply
I have a case which cools everything perfectly, so I don't need to upgrade this.

Here are some of the specs I have in mind.
I don't currently have the funds to buy the components at the moment, but I'm trying to make a budget goal so I can build an ultimate gaming rig.

Here are some of the specs I had in mind - if you can find any better specs for around the same price, please post the component!

Intel i7 3770k 3.4Ghz - will be overclocked
MSI GTX 680 2GB
8-16GB RAM - if anyone could recommend some cheap, reliable, fast RAM, that would be awesome.

If there are any other specs you think I should upgrade, please tell me :) 

Thanks in advance

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January 30, 2013 5:21:17 PM

Just upgrade your GPU & memory the CPU is just fine for any game right now

GPU & 8GB (Corsair Vengeance Gold 8GB) or something

along with possibly a new PSU if you decide on a 680.

also add a SSD into that ;)  you'll not regret it. just do NOT upgrade your CPU it would be a pointless upgrade gaming wise.

My phenom II x4 965 @ 3.8ghz & 7850 Runs Crysis 3 60fps+ with high settings no vsync.
January 30, 2013 5:25:37 PM

joeh_87 said:
Just upgrade your GPU & memory the CPU is just fine for any game right now

GPU & 8GB (Corsair Vengeance Gold 8GB) or something

along with possibly a new PSU if you decide on a 680.

also add a SSD into that ;)  you'll not regret it. just do NOT upgrade your CPU it would be a pointless upgrade gaming wise.

My phenom II x4 965 @ 3.8ghz & 7850 Runs Crysis 3 60fps+ with high settings no vsync.


Thanks for the reply man, I'll go for a 680, new PSU and memory - possibly a new motherboard as well as I don't think the board supports 1333Mhz+
Possibly an SSD if I can afford it when the time comes.

Thanks again (:
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January 30, 2013 5:31:31 PM

You can still get away with 4gb for some time.

but first I would upgrade the GPU and possibly PSU at the same time depending what the specs are like on it. if you could take a picture of the label or post us what amps are on the 12V rail you may just get away with it both AMD & nvidias 7000/600 are very power efficient
January 30, 2013 6:46:14 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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