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5 yr old gaming build. What should I upgrade?

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February 21, 2013 6:22:25 PM

I'm looking to improve gaming performance. Tired of low FPS rates basically. Haven't touched anything computer related for awhiel so just looking for some tips!

Here are my specs:

8gb ram gskills sticks x4
p7p55d-e pro asus mobo
ati hd 5850 vid card (that constantly overheats and blackscreens my comp)
corsair tx750 psu
Rest are basic and irrelevant I think.

I generally play MMO'ish games like d3, gw2, ffxiv. Currently playing gw2 which I play on high ish settings but the fps isn't so great. Guess my budget would be about 400 but if gains are significant maybe 500 ish :D . I'm thinking I should upgrade my gpu first and then CPU and mobo? Not sure what I should get with that budget.


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February 21, 2013 6:27:59 PM


Why 32 gigs of ram :o  ? i'd replace those with 4x 4gb vengeance

geforce gtx 580 Graphics card

Don't know the motherboard though, but i'd go for a new one, with the same brand.

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February 21, 2013 6:32:01 PM

Get a HD7870 and see how it goes. Since you say your current graphics card overheats your PC, I'd get this one, which exhausts its heat: (assuming it will fit in your case).
Edit: If you are still unsatisfied with performance, then you can look into a CPU/Mobo upgrade, but I'm doubtful you'll need that. Having more RAM than you need isn't hurting anything. Look at your case cooling too; make sure you have decent airflow, generally front to back.
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February 21, 2013 6:32:32 PM

I read that as 8 GB of ram in 4 sticks. (4x 2GB in other words), if its really 32 GB of DDR3, wow, just keep it.

my $400 suggestion:
i5-3470 ($190)
AS Rock H77 ($60)
HD 7850 1 GB ($150)
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February 21, 2013 6:38:24 PM

If the graphics card alone doesn't do it, ScrewySqrl's CPU/mobo combination would work well, assuming you realize that CPU overclocking is not a requirement for a solid build. If you do want to OC, you'll want a Z77 board.

February 21, 2013 6:44:55 PM

I'm assuming you are running 64 bit Win 7 ? Your Motherboard only supports Max. 16GB of Ram, how much do you really get to use ?

You could go with an i7 CPU, then find a GPU to match then maybe HDD as you didn't mention the current one.
February 21, 2013 6:46:15 PM

oops sorry yea I meant it as 2gbx4 sticks.

As for OC'ing I don't really want to bother since the last time I did it, my comp was unstable so I dropped it from 3.8 to 2.9gigs.
Ok so I guess I'll look into upgrading the gpu and see how it goes then do the cpu-mobo combo after.

Thanks for the tips!
February 22, 2013 2:00:55 PM

I'm sure your CPU can handle gaming. not sure why people OC for Gaming

I think a GPU upgrade first and then see from there as you suggested