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Old 11-14-12, 04:25 AM
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To upgrade or not?

I currently have a system with an i5-650 running at 3.2 Ghz with 8 GB of Ram.

My video card is a Radeon 5770. The system is running Windows 7.

I have been thinking about either buying a new system or upgrading my power supply and buying a Radeon 7870 or something similar as a way to keep it going a bit longer.

I must say I am leaning towards the cheaper way to go although a new system is always fun.
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Old 11-14-12, 08:34 AM
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Re: To upgrade or not?

If you play games upgrade the videocard.

Otherwise, that's a fine PC for most common tasks.

You can always upgrade, of course, get an SSD drive, more memory, etc.
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Old 11-14-12, 09:14 AM
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Re: To upgrade or not?

$150 video card upgrade + SSD = Win. Many deals for these two products will be going on during the next two months, so you might find a video card for $99.
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Re: To upgrade or not?

Besides gaming, what else are you using the system for?
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Old 11-14-12, 09:17 AM
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Re: To upgrade or not?

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We would need to know specific uses of the machine to recommend an upgrade or not. The machine you have is very capable.

I can confirm what Raul3 stated about about adding an SSD hard drive, that will give you the best bang for the buck on any windows computer used for any purpose these days.

I added an SSD boot drive to a Q9650 and easily got an extra year + of use out of the machine feeling like it was new again (I actually still use it as a secondary machine, but replaced it with an i7 here a couple months ago).
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Re: To upgrade or not?

Get an SSD unless your gfx card isn't cutting it.

Best upgrade I've ever done to any PC. Makes an even bigger difference on a laptop IMO but it's really nice on a desktop also.
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Old 11-14-12, 09:36 AM
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Yep. SSD is an amazing upgrade.
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Old 11-14-12, 01:11 PM
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Re: To upgrade or not?

One more vote for SSD. If you're a gamer, then a video card. I just bought a 7870 for $179 ($20 MIR) so you can probably get it for less than $150 in the US during Black Friday sale(s).
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Old 11-14-12, 01:19 PM
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Maybe wait to build a new system. Radeon 8xxx cards expected early next year.
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Old 11-14-12, 01:58 PM
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Re: To upgrade or not?

I use it for video games and the usual surfing the web stuff.

I just have noticed that when I play some games even World of Warcraft that when too much is going on that my frame rates suffer so I was thinking of the video card as the most likely problem. Of course to upgrade that I would need to upgrade the power supply since mine is only 400 watts.
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Old 11-14-12, 05:49 PM
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Well, an SSD won't do much to help gaming aside from quicker load times, so if you have a limited budget and gaming performance is your main issue, then yeah, get a new video card and a new PSU.
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Old 11-14-12, 06:27 PM
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Re: To upgrade or not?

Originally Posted by gcribbs View Post
I use it for video games and the usual surfing the web stuff.

I just have noticed that when I play some games even World of Warcraft that when too much is going on that my frame rates suffer so I was thinking of the video card as the most likely problem. Of course to upgrade that I would need to upgrade the power supply since mine is only 400 watts.
Yep, games are a big one (the usual web stuff is no big deal)

Catch a black friday (or near black friday) deal on both a video card and a power supply and you should be good.

If you can swing it, the SSD won't hurt but would be my second or third pick for you.

A faster processor *CAN* help out sometimes as well, but you should be ok there.

Are you overclocked? You might want to try that if you are not, plenty of guides out there for most major motherboard brands to tell you how to get the best.

I always mildly overclock, I don't go for extremes anymore, there is no downside. My current rig stock speed is 3.5ghz, but I have it going nicely at 4.3ghz and that overclock took me all of 10 minutes to figure out. I see others posting about hitting 5ghz, but not worth the effort (and extra cost of cooling, etc) to me.
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Old 11-17-12, 02:46 AM
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Re: To upgrade or not?

I bought the power supply first. It seems like a good deal on a decent power supply.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005

It was on sale for $89.99-$15 instant coupon - $25 mail in rebate.

Since the cards I have looked at said they needed at least a 500 watt power supply this 650 watt one I assume will be fine.

Now I just need to shop around for a Radeon 7870 and I should be done.
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I bought the power supply first. It seems like a good deal on a decent power supply.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005

It was on sale for $89.99-$15 instant coupon - $25 mail in rebate.

Since the cards I have looked at said they needed at least a 500 watt power supply this 650 watt one I assume will be fine.

Now I just need to shop around for a Radeon 7870 and I should be done.
PS should be good, these days when looking to power a high end video card, amps on the 12v rail are more important that total over all watt rating

from the corsair tx CMPSU-650TX spec page

with 54 amps, you should be fine
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Old 11-18-12, 05:07 PM
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I am leaning towards this video card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150605

Of course i guess if a good price comes along soon I might switch cards.
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Re: To upgrade or not?

That's a great card, and the deal of the two free games is good too.
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