PDA

View Full Version : Getting a new gaming PC.



sopabuena
25-09-2012, 11:56 PM
First of all I'm sorry for yet another thread like this one, I'm sure it's pretty much overdone.
But I'm desperate and pretty much out of touch with new hardware!
This is my current PC:
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 240

I got this a couple of years ago and it's really not bad, it can handle most new games pretty well on medium settings, but I recently got an offer to upgrade my PC and was looking for something killer.
I'm plannig on getting a PC from here: http://www.armytech.com.ar/index.php/pc-armadas.html
Being from Argentina, I'm very limited from the places I can buy hardware from.

So, what are the must have for a decent gaming PC that will last a couple of years?
Do you mind looking at that site and giving me some advice on the rigs there? You can pretty much add or take away parts and build your own. (it's in spanish I know, but it's pretty clear since it's mostly specs!)

Thanks in advance!

mashakos
26-09-2012, 12:03 AM
what's your budget? Also, how comfortable are you with hardware/software configuration?

pakoito
26-09-2012, 12:28 AM
/r/buildapc

Sakkura
26-09-2012, 01:44 AM
Your graphics card is quite weak, but the CPU is still pretty good. You might want to just upgrade your graphics card instead of your whole rig. A new graphics card might necessitate a new power supply too, but it's still a lot more manageable than getting a whole new system.

sopabuena
26-09-2012, 03:11 AM
Thanks for the replies! I'm not sure about my budget, maybe around $1000. And I'm not very comfortable with messing around with hardware, but I'm not complety computer iliterate either.

I know that just upgrading the graphics cards is a good a idea, but I'm giving this whole PC to my brother and he can make good use of it.

mashakos
26-09-2012, 03:33 AM
You can't go wrong if you follow this datasheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?hl=en%20_US&hl=en_US&key=0AvaYhPmP5kwadHZsOW%209%20QVFRkZEpzcUplak5zZFU yYnc

Finicky
26-09-2012, 04:47 AM
As Sakkura said, your cpu is still servicable enough.
Spend 300 euros on a gtx660 ti and you will be blown away at how (exponentially) much faster your pc is for gaming. The graphics card you have right now is very very weak, you could have the most expensive cpu out there and the pc would still be rubbish for games with that graphics card.

Before going for a whole new build just put in a nice new gpu and you' ll see that you'll be getting 60 fps in every game you throw at it.

Sakkura
26-09-2012, 06:00 AM
Thanks for the replies! I'm not sure about my budget, maybe around $1000. And I'm not very comfortable with messing around with hardware, but I'm not complety computer iliterate either.

I know that just upgrading the graphics cards is a good a idea, but I'm giving this whole PC to my brother and he can make good use of it.
Well, the problem with the systems sold by the site you link to is that they're unbalanced. They spend too much on the CPU and not enough on the graphics card and power supply, and they seem very confused with motherboard choices. Like combining a Core i5-3570k with a B75 motherboard (which is bad because the 3570k costs extra because it can overclock, while the B75 does not allow CPU overclocking). They also don't seem to use dual-channel memory configurations. You'd be FAR better off building something yourself, or at least buying the parts and having it assembled by someone.

Harlander
26-09-2012, 07:54 AM
You can't go wrong if you follow this datasheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?hl=en%20_US&hl=en_US&key=0AvaYhPmP5kwadHZsOW%209%20QVFRkZEpzcUplak5zZFU yYnc

Oh, that's beautiful.

Splynter
26-09-2012, 08:11 PM
I've been considering building a new PC, and Mashakos, that link is amazing.

Velko
27-09-2012, 08:47 AM
I've been considering building a new PC, and Mashakos, that link is amazing.

Indeed, I'm in a similar situation and that's just awesome.

Sakkura
27-09-2012, 10:00 AM
I'm not so thrilled about the Biostar motherboard recommendations. But otherwise it looks pretty good, and it's definitely a handy reference.

mashakos
27-09-2012, 05:03 PM
Oh, that's beautiful.


I've been considering building a new PC, and Mashakos, that link is amazing.


Indeed, I'm in a similar situation and that's just awesome.

if it's within your budgets, get an Asus ROG motherboard. Coupled with an overclockable core i5/i7, it's like the gift that keeps on giving! Even if you aren't an overclocker, there are a ton of failsafes in these motherboards so it's great for peace of mind.