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04-10-2013, 12:45 PM #1
Advice on computer upgrade
So with a new generation of consoles on the way and increasing lag on games I have been playing (As well as finally getting a job that provides the funds for an upgrade) I feel it is time for an upgrade. I've been trying to get a reading on how my computer shapes up on passmark.com but it is still confusing and before I commit to buying I'd like to get my facts straight.
My current specs (The computer was made in 2008):
Graphics Card: Radeon HD 4800
CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
Operating System: Windows 7 64 Bit
Now I don't need to be the very best, rather I'd like to make up a reasonable priced mid-step up.
This Graphics Card seems like a big step up while also being very reasonably priced:
But I dunno, would it be worth splashing out more for a card that would perform better and last longer? Is it as real a big step up as passmark.com indicates?
For CPU I have no real idea. What part of CPU description indicates if it is compatible with a motherboard?
And will the new parts require more power than the current ones? Or is power consumption fairly standard?
I'd like to try and keep the GC below £100 and the CPU below £150.
And on a side note, what prompted this was The Witcher 2 running badly even after lowing many of the settings. But according to its Steam Store page I meet the recommended specs. Am I missing something?
EDIT: I have been informed the socket of my CPU is outdated so I will need recommendations for a new MoBo too.
Last edited by The Pink Ninja; 04-10-2013 at 01:08 PM.
04-10-2013, 01:00 PM #2
The 6670 wouldn't be an upgrade, other than the fact that it adds DirectX 11 support. Your system either has a Radeon HD 4830, 4850, 4870, or 4890. The 6670 is comparable to the 4830.
For an upgrade I'd suggest something like a Radeon HD 7790 or Geforce GTX 650 Ti.
As for the CPU, your motherboard is socket LGA 775. It's a venerable socket, they no longer make CPUs for it, but you might be able to find a used CPU for an upgrade. Like a Core 2 Quad Q9650. But it might be wiser to save up some money for a new motherboard, RAM and CPU in one go. It'll cost more, but also be a much more substantial upgrade.
04-10-2013, 01:08 PM #3
Le sigh, okay, thanks.
I guess I will add requests for MoBo recommendation to the Op then.
04-10-2013, 03:13 PM #4
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Yah, every 2 years there seems to be a new Intel socket. I always had the idea to increment upgreades using the same mobo, but that never happened for the past 3 PCs I built. I tend to use my parts for 3+ years and a new socket is already out.
06-10-2013, 04:31 PM #5
You're better off giving us a budget for the entire pc (or a budget and a list of parts you want for that money). It's a lot easier for other people to give suggestions then.
12-10-2013, 10:50 PM #6
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Can someone please post a link to RPS article about mechanical keyboards?
P.S. what is a good mechanical keyboard?