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Time for an upgrade - Suggestions please!

Postby Capper » 08 Jan 2012, 01:31

Hey all

Decided its time for an upgrade - Graphics is my first stop me thinks?

I'll let you know my current specs, if pees let me know where I need to be upgrading that would be awesome:

Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 B50 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.1GHz
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Memory: 4096MB RAM
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Card name: ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series

What do you think?
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Re: Time for an upgrade - Suggestions please!

Postby CardiffGreens » 08 Jan 2012, 15:03

Which OS are you running atm?
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Re: Time for an upgrade - Suggestions please!

Postby MasterAvatar » 08 Jan 2012, 15:33

Hey Gav

Well it depends on your budget and also if you want to stick to ATi or not?

Its also worth noting that at some point in the near future ATi will release there 7 series of cards - so it might be worth waiting a while till they come out.

Other than that - More RAM could possibly be useful (as its dirt cheap atm you might as well consider it) and ofcourse a SSD.

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Re: Time for an upgrade - Suggestions please!

Postby smeg4brainsuk » 09 Jan 2012, 00:01

What Resolution do you prefer to game at atm too? that, your budget and the OS are fairly significant at this point
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Re: Time for an upgrade - Suggestions please!

Postby Capper » 09 Jan 2012, 16:59

Budget is around £200.
I play at 1920 x 1080
I have no allegiance to ATI or nVidia so welcome recomendations for both!

Running Windows 7.
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Re: Time for an upgrade - Suggestions please!

Postby Capper » 09 Jan 2012, 17:12

Your M4A78LT-M LE System Specs
Scan Id: D520155E31D926C3
Memory:
DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 PC3-8500, DDR3 PC3-14900, DDR3 PC3-16000, DDR3 PC3-17000, DDR3 PC3-14400
Memory Type: DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 PC3-8500, DDR3 PC3-14900, DDR3 PC3-16000, DDR3 PC3-17000, DDR3 PC3-14400, DDR3 (ECC)
Maximum Memory: 8GB
Currently Installed Memory: 4GB
Total Memory Slots: 2
Available Memory Slots: 0
2GB
2GB


Each memory slot can hold DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 PC3-8500, DDR3 PC3-14900, DDR3 PC3-16000, DDR3 PC3-17000, DDR3 PC3-14400 with a maximum of 8GB Kit (4GBx2) per slot.*


With the above in mind would this do: http://www.ebuyer.com/247674-corsair-8g ... 3m2a1333c9 ?
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Re: Time for an upgrade - Suggestions please!

Postby Capper » 09 Jan 2012, 17:13

Also, not sure why it says 8GB max, im running on windows 7 64bit which I believe is 16gb max?
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Re: Time for an upgrade - Suggestions please!

Postby MasterAvatar » 09 Jan 2012, 20:24

Graphics Card - ATi 6950 2GB: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-asus ... efinity-x6 - Overbudget by £26

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... ubcat=1752 - Budget

1GB: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-xfx- ... ni-dp-hdmi - Underbudget £10

Nvidia - 560Ti 2GB: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi- ... plus-bf3-g - Overbudget £4

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-asus ... -plus-2-mo - Underbudget £8

That is so long as you havent bought one.
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Re: Time for an upgrade - Suggestions please!

Postby smeg4brainsuk » 09 Jan 2012, 20:38

That will be the max load the motherboard can handle

In addition it depends which version of windows you run as they all have different ram values

Starter: 8GB
Home Basic: 8GB
Home Premium: 16GB
Professional: 192GB
Enterprise: 192GB
Ultimate: 192GB

If its a gaming machine 4GB is more than enough so i wouldn't worry about it but if you want to go out and get some really nice cheap ram then http://www.ebuyer.com/264750-g-skill-8g ... cl9d-8gbxl the G-Skill RipJaws are very very nice, Kingston version is only £32 but tbh anything by Corsair, Kingston or G-Skill is gonna do you proud.

However it looks like the only horsepower you need is a graphics card in which case
http://www.ebuyer.com/338548-sapphire-h ... 188-05-20g (ATI 6950 2GB £205) Ebuyer have this on offer atm for your ATI needs or

http://www.ebuyer.com/290961-asus-gtx-5 ... g-2di-1gd5 (GTX560Ti 1GB £182) again on offer (with a free copy of BF3 too) for your Nvidia fix

Both cards are great for your needs, the ATI one is the superior card but the Nvidia aint far behind and a fair bit cheaper. In addition you could CrossFire the ATI it in the future and have quite a nasty beast for gaming as they scale rather well
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