Hello world, i just wanted some peoples advice on what parts i should buy for my computer. Around September, i can afford to buy something for about £150, i don't think i can go over that. Anyway, i was wondering how best to use this money, if i can, to upgrade my pc. I should also specify i use my pc for gaming, so anything that would improve its power/speed would be useful. I will post my specs, and i would appreciate if you guys could suggest what use my £150 should go to. BTW, i live in the UK, so i cant get stuff shipped from american companies as it would cost loads. Thanks for your help in advance, mahfuz.
-AMD phenom X6 hex-core 3.2Ghz
-2x 2gb corsair RAM
-ATI Raedon 5770 graphics card
-Asus motherboard with usb 3.0(i don't know the actual name of MB)
-I have good peripherals, and so wont buy new ones
-Windows 7 home premium
I'd hold off on any crossfire ideas until you identify your motherboard model and power supply,
Theres little benefit to be had from crossfiring on a 16/1 board and little better on a 16/4 plate,
I'm not sure why you have a hexcore in there, do you work on the pc, or just game?
and a good solid psu is needed for crossfire/ overclocking
download Cpu-z and post back your mobo's model for us,
and see if you can identify your power supply too
wow, quick replies, thanks very much. however, id rather not tamper with the processor as I might blow something up while trying to change it As im fairly new to the PC. I got the processor because it came with the bundle, and i didn't want to change it, and yes, i do use this just for gaming, apart from the occasional word document. I looked at the posts already made, are you sure i could upgrade the processor for less than £150?
Here are my specs from the cpu-z thing you recommended.
AMD Phenom II X6
Motherboard: AsusTek M4A77T/USB3.0
RAM: 4096MB DDR3
ATI Raedon HD 5770
I also checked the power supply, it says cooler master 500. Is that what you were looking for?
Sorry if i sound like an idiot, im new to using PCs for gaming as i said.
I'd either a) upgrade to an AMD Bulldozer chip (coming soon)
or b) upgrade your video card (Crossfire 5770s if you have an extra slot, otherwise something like a 6870 or 6950 would be nice).
thanks for the help, but here in the uk, they cost about £178-230. Although i would like that, seems way over budget, however, im new to Pc building and so i could use some input on if i could crossfire 5770s, as i have one already. You can check my Mobo specs in my other reply somewhere on this page.
Your board just has a single video card slot, so crossfire is out of the question for now.
So, if you'd like to improve your gaming performance - upgrade your video card (and sell your old one to make up for the difference). I'd suggest an nVidia GTX 560 / 560 Ti, or a Radeon 6950 1gb. A GTX 460 or Radeon 6870 would be the next best.
If you'd like to improve program / loading performance, add in an SSD. They make a huge difference in load times, and overall quickness of a system - but won't help much for gaming.