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Looking for upgrade option

Postposted on Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:50 am

Hello,

I have quite old PC that I did not put together in the first place, but over the years I changed and upgraded some parts of it. I'm not sure if I can go on with upgrading without completely rebuilding it (and by that I mean new mobo, CPU, GPU and RAM, the rest should be ok for now).

Here's what I have:

Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3
AMD Phenom II 950, overclocked slightly to around 4000 Mhz
Radeon HD 5770
4GB DDR2 RAM
Kingstone SSD v300 (120 GB or something like that)
HDD (not sure which one now, but it doesn't matter, it works)
LG IPS224 monitor, 1080p


Recently I bought a new case for it (the cheap corsair recommended by TR) and I love it. Some time ago I bought the kingstone SSD, but to be honest I was underwhelmed by the changed. Sure, it's there, but it's not the big difference I was expecting (it may be because I didn't make a clean windows install, I don't have a heart to do it, too many things to reinstall after that). I guess SATA II is not helping with that too.

The CPU was also not there at the start, in case you are wondering why this mobo for this CPU.

As you can imagine, this build doesn't work that well in new games in 1080p. I was thinking on buying just a new graphics now (=in the next few months), because I can't really afford new mobo/cpu/ram and gpu. But my concern is that new gpu won't make much difference in this configuration.

I hope you guys can help me with this decision - can I go on and buy new gpu (and which one should I buy?) or wait and get money to buy everything at once.

Thanks,
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Re: Looking for upgrade option

Postposted on Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:55 am

Your processor is probably Phenom II X4 955. I highly recommend Windows reinstall on SSD. It will make difference. SATA II doesn't hurt so much, because seek times are still superior vs HDD.

Consider adding more ram and yes, better video card will make big difference. That CPU is powerful enough on almost any game around.

What PSU?
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Re: Looking for upgrade option

Postposted on Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:03 am

Yes, I meant x955.

PSU is OCZ 500W MXSP.

What GPU would you recommend in this case?

Is more RAM really needed and I would feel the difference? I was looking into that some time ago, but DDR2 is more expensive then DDR3 and I discovered that my peak commitment is almost never more then 4GB. On the other hand, I don't play very demanding games now, because I can't.
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Re: Looking for upgrade option

Postposted on Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:08 am

Froz wrote:Yes, I meant x955.

PSU is OCZ 500W MXSP.

What GPU would you recommend in this case?

Is more RAM really needed and I would feel the difference? I was looking into that some time ago, but DDR2 is more expensive then DDR3 and I discovered that my peak commitment is almost never more then 4GB. On the other hand, I don't play very demanding games now, because I can't.


It's matter of price. You probably can get older Radeons for good price (Radeon HD 7850 etc).

In case you don't need more memory, you won't need to put it more.
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Re: Looking for upgrade option

Postposted on Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:36 am

Froz wrote: Hello,
Welcome to the Tech Report!

Froz wrote: Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3
AMD Phenom II X4 955, overclocked slightly to around 4000 Mhz
Radeon HD 5770
4GB DDR2 RAM
Kingstone SSD v300 (120 GB or something like that)
HDD (not sure which one now, but it doesn't matter, it works)
LG IPS224 monitor, 1080p

Your Phenom II X4 955 at 4.0 GHz should be plenty fast enough for gaming. My old one at 3.2 GHz stock is doing fine at 1080p (with a Radeon HD7870GE and 16 GiB of PC3-12800). Assuming that you have 64-bit Windows, I'd consider spending $60 or $75 to add another 4 GiB of DDR2 PC2-6400 or PC2-8500 memory and then hanging on to your socket AM2+ setup for another 10-12 months until Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors appear.

Your Radeon HD5770 is holding back your gaming experience. A $255½ GeForce GTX760 or a $191 Radeon R9-270 would be a significant step up.
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Re: Looking for upgrade option

Postposted on Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:48 am

Little slower than HD 7870 but much cheaper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814161406

Those 7850 cards seem to disappear.
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Re: Looking for upgrade option

Postposted on Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:07 am

Get a EVGA FTW GTX 750ti. They have the ability to plug a 6 pin power connector into them "if you want" and add 35 watts to the 60 watts the card will draw. Believe it or not it is on par with a gtx480, a hd5870 and I forget what else.

Also the EVGA 750ti maxwell cards overclock to 1250 on the core with ease then boost to well over 1300mhz.
Look up the review it is impressive for such a low power card.
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Re: Looking for upgrade option

Postposted on Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:35 am

Thank you for all replies.

I have some material to think about now. My biggest concern (that new GPU wouldn't be used fully due to CPU etc.) is resolved :). The prices where I live (Poland) are a little bit different, for example right now I see radeon 7870 for quite similar price to 7850, so maybe I'll get that one.
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