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Thread created on Mon Jun 17, 2013 14:55:37
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So here is the deal, I bought a pre-built gaming rig for £489.95 off of Amazon in December 2012 and its not great but it gets me by, I could have bought all of the components myself and built it on my own but I didn';t think of it at the time and this was much easier anyway. Now I am thinking of making some upgrades...

Firstly I was thinking I should upgrade my GPU since its pretty low end and now I';m thinking I';ll get a pretty good one. Obviously if I could afford them I would go the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan or the AMD Radeon HD 7990 but unfortunately I cannot since they are both close to £800, so I might as well get the next best thing. Right now, for me its between the Nvidia GeForce 2GB GTX 680 and the AMD Radeon HD 7970. Both are close to £400 which is funny because its almost as much as my current rig costed me in total. I have not checked compatibily yet so I will be doing that soon but I have compared the two in depth, I also used www.hwcompare.com to compare them, here is the link. Later on once I have more money I may even consider buying another and running them in SLI.

http:;;//www.hwcompare.com/12351/geforce-gtx-680-vs-radeon-hd-7970/

Also, here are the links to the two cards on Amazon:;;
Nvidia GeForce 2GB GTX 680 - http:;;//www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Nvidia-GeForce-DirectCU-Graphics/dp/B007X8ENIW/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1371480648&sr=1-2&keywords=680

AMD Radeon HD 7970 - http:;;//www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Radeon-DirectCU-Graphics-Express/dp/B0072FAZPQ/ref=sr_1_5?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1371480405&sr=1-5&keywords=amd+radeon+hd+7970


Since I really don';t need more than 16BG of RAM I should think about upgrading my processor but there are so many to chose from and I haven';t put much work into looking for one, if anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I would be willing to pay £500 for a processor but that is the absolute maximum so a price range of £200-£400 with a maximum of £500.

I was also thinking I may want to upgrade my Motherboard too since it is fairly low end like everything else in my PC but I already know what I would chose, Asus SABERTOOTH Z77. It is one of the best motherboards out there and with a name like ';SABERTOOTH'; how could I resist?


Here are the current specs of my pc:;;
OS:;; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

RAM:;; 16GB 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM (;;Unknown Manufacturer);;

CPU:;; AMD FX 4170 - 4.2GHz - http:;;//www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-FX-4170-Processor-4-2GHz/dp/B0074J7ITG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371480381&sr=8-1&keywords=AMD+FX+4170+Processor

GPU:;; AMD Radeon HD 6670 2GB - http:;;//www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Radeon-DirectCU-Graphics-Express/dp/B0072FAZPQ/ref=sr_1_5?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1371480405&sr=1-5&keywords=amd+radeon+hd+7970

Motherboard:;; AMD Athlon II - http:;;//www.amazon.co.uk/GIGABYTE-GA-78LMT-USB3-Motherboard-Gigabit-Ethernet/dp/B009FC3YJ8/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1371480288&sr=1-2&keywords=AMD+Athlon+II+motherboard

(;;Also for anyone who is curious I have a 1920x;;1080 moniter, the Samsung SyncMAster T22B300);;

EDIT:; Also I'm going to buy an SSD and put my OS on that since it will make start-up much quicker and also the loading of applications.

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Posted on Mon Jun 17, 2013 16:53:57
And the purpose of this thread? To show off or what? You seem as if you already know a lot about computers, you don't need any help.

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Posted on Mon Jun 17, 2013 19:15:57
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And the purpose of this thread? To show off or what? You seem as if you already know a lot about computers, you don';t need any help.


No I'm not trying to show off, my PC isn't that good, I'm simply asking for the opinions of others on what processor/graphics card I should buy since I'm not 100%; sure.

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Posted on Mon Jun 17, 2013 21:41:06
Well your choice in CPU will also affect which motherboard you get. You will also probably need a new power supply to power the higher end GPU/CPU. When I upgraded about 6 months ago I found that the i5 3570k was probably the best performance for the money. You might want to wait to see if others have done research more recently but I went with that CPU and 8GB RAM. The new Intel Haswells seem to be out now, but I don't know anything about them to be able to recommend or not other than they have a different socket than the Ivy Bridges (;3570k);.

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Posted on Tue Jun 18, 2013 19:31:53
Obviously I would check compatibility for all the componanats I plan to buy before I even think of hitting the buy button haha

I haven't heard much of the Haswells, might be worth looking into, thanks!

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Posted on Tue Jun 18, 2013 20:10:51
Are you planning on mainly gaming?? I think before you spend a whole wedge of cash, think about more ram, upgrade to Win7 Pro and take advantage of all that extra memory!

...or it's a lot of money to spend on pron :;);

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Posted on Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:04:59
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Are you planning on mainly gaming?? I think before you spend a whole wedge of cash, think about more ram, upgrade to Win7 Pro and take advantage of all that extra memory!

...or it';s a lot of money to spend on pron :;;);;


Yes, it is a gaming machine although I do use it for other things...

I don't know how much you know about computers but RAM is not the most important thing when it comes to gaming, most games need 4GB of RAM to run but suggest 8GB for smooth running, I went with 16GB to be safe even though most games don't use that much.

The two most important things you can get are a good processor and a good graphics card and although its not essential a good motherboard is always a good choice. When gaming the two things doing most of the work are the graphics card and the processor.

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Posted on Wed Jun 19, 2013 14:54:00
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Are you planning on mainly gaming?? I think before you spend a whole wedge of cash, think about more ram, upgrade to Win7 Pro and take advantage of all that extra memory!

...or it';;s a lot of money to spend on pron :;;;);;;


Yes, it is a gaming machine although I do use it for other things...

I don';t know how much you know about computers but RAM is not the most important thing when it comes to gaming, most games need 4GB of RAM to run but suggest 8GB for smooth running, I went with 16GB to be safe even though most games don';t use that much.

The two most important things you can get are a good processor and a good graphics card and although its not essential a good motherboard is always a good choice. When gaming the two things doing most of the work are the graphics card and the processor.


actually, thats not true. for gaming, the processor ranks pretty low. thats why people usually rock the 3570k when building a gaming rig. RAM helps, but at the end of the day, your GPU will dictate how the game will run.


for you, your not upgrading. your building a whole new PC (;if you want an intel processor); as your AM3+ board isnt compatible with an Intel processor.

id suggest getting the 680, upgradint to win7 64bit, then making a choice from there.

it wont hurt you, and you can always fit them to your intel build later down the track.


also, i didnt see what PSU you had, so you may need to look at an uprated PSU

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Posted on Wed Jun 19, 2013 18:49:20
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Are you planning on mainly gaming?? I think before you spend a whole wedge of cash, think about more ram, upgrade to Win7 Pro and take advantage of all that extra memory!

...or it';;;s a lot of money to spend on pron :;;;;);;;;


Yes, it is a gaming machine although I do use it for other things...

I don';;t know how much you know about computers but RAM is not the most important thing when it comes to gaming, most games need 4GB of RAM to run but suggest 8GB for smooth running, I went with 16GB to be safe even though most games don';;t use that much.

The two most important things you can get are a good processor and a good graphics card and although its not essential a good motherboard is always a good choice. When gaming the two things doing most of the work are the graphics card and the processor.


actually, thats not true. for gaming, the processor ranks pretty low. thats why people usually rock the 3570k when building a gaming rig. RAM helps, but at the end of the day, your GPU will dictate how the game will run.


for you, your not upgrading. your building a whole new PC (;;if you want an intel processor);; as your AM3+ board isnt compatible with an Intel processor.

id suggest getting the 680, upgradint to win7 64bit, then making a choice from there.

it wont hurt you, and you can always fit them to your intel build later down the track.


also, i didnt see what PSU you had, so you may need to look at an uprated PSU


I know, I'm just saying RAM is not the most important thing haha

I guess you are right, I'm building a new PC aren't I, I'm replacing everything but the case.

I was thinking an intel processor would be the way to go but I was stuck on the GPU, I'll need to put some more though into it.
The motherboard upgrade is also a must as you say but I'm not sure what I should do first, I might get the GPU and then when I can afford to buy the Processor and the motherboard at the same time so I don't have it laying around.

Ps. I already have Windows 7 64-bit, I'm just now getting professional :;);

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Posted on Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:24:53
I made a relatively budget computer a couple of months back and used the following:

Processor: AMD FX 8350 (8 Core running at 4.2Ghz)
RAM: 16GB Kingston HyperX running at 2,400MHz
GFX (Old, but looking at the Radeon HD 7950): GTX 260 1GB

Runs games perfectly although the GFX Card is pulling the rig down.

Processor is about £140 and is amazing. RAM was about £100. Two big upgrades which will last a long time for small money..

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