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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello I'm seeking advice on what to do in the current situation: i currently have a PC with the following specs:

GA-Z77-D3H

I5 3450

8GB 1600Mhz Vengeance RAM

gainward GTX 560se 

500gb Sata II HDD

1TB Sata III HDD

NZXT 410 Phantom case

600w 80+ PSU

 

and plan to upgrade the GPU soon to a amd 8000/ nvidia 700 series card, but other than that i would like to know whether its worth me slowly keep on upgrading the PC or start saving and start from scratch and build a beasty computer within the next year or two.

 

What would you recommend?

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Your computer is actually quite nice, it's just the GPU and (maybe) the CPU that would hold back its performance in games. Maybe throw in an SSD if you want to speed up its performance as well, though it isn't necessary.

 

Edit: Upgrading your CPU likely won't give you better gaming performance. See this thread: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/21987-7950-and-i5-3450-crysis-3-benchmark-runs/

 

Depending on what you plan on doing with your computer, upgrading your GPU and using an SSD as your boot drive will probably be the best option.

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Maybe a new gpu. any i5 is perfectly fine for gaming. 


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Hello I'm seeking advice on what to do in the current situation: i currently have a PC with the following specs:

GA-Z77-D3H

I5 3450

8GB 1600Mhz Vengeance RAM

gainward GTX 560se 

500gb Sata II HDD

1TB Sata III HDD

NZXT 410 Phantom case

600w 80+ PSU

 

and plan to upgrade the GPU soon to a amd 8000/ nvidia 700 series card, but other than that i would like to know whether its worth me slowly keep on upgrading the PC or start saving and start from scratch and build a beasty computer within the next year or two.

 

What would you recommend?

AMD is most likely to skip the 8000 series directly 9000 series

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AMD is most likely to skip the 8000 series directly 9000 series

but if you want 8000 series, get 7790 ;P

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Most games, anyway.

so maybe not 120+ mod skyrim. but for stuff like battlefield and other current gen games it is fine. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP

i want something that will max battlefield 4 out as my aim cause its probably the game i play most of so i was looking at the 7970/ nvidia 770 region for a GPU

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Your rig seems to be a good one. As on whether to upgrade continuously or to save for a new rig saving for a new rig seems to be a better option as the cpu and the gpu lines are being totally refreshed and yours seems to be a little old anyways you may consider on getting a new rig after all.


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Hello I'm seeking advice on what to do in the current situation: i currently have a PC with the following specs:

GA-Z77-D3H

I5 3450

8GB 1600Mhz Vengeance RAM

gainward GTX 560se 

500gb Sata II HDD

1TB Sata III HDD

NZXT 410 Phantom case

600w 80+ PSU

 

and plan to upgrade the GPU soon to a amd 8000/ nvidia 700 series card, but other than that i would like to know whether its worth me slowly keep on upgrading the PC or start saving and start from scratch and build a beasty computer within the next year or two.

 

What would you recommend?

 

Get a GTX770, a SSD (Sansung 840 128GB). That's all.

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The system that you currently have is actually not too terrible. Get yourself a SSD and a new GPU and you got yourself a pretty beast system.

 

The AMD 8000 series is just a OEM re-brand of the 7000 series. You should wait for AMD to release the 9000 series to see what they can offer, otherwise, get the 7000 series or the 700 series from Nvidia. 

Get a SSD like the Samsung 840 (Non Pro) for a good, cheap, solid SSD. 

Most i5's are perfectly fine for gaming.

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so maybe not 120+ mod skyrim. but for stuff like battlefield and other current gen games it is fine. 

I have an i5 and I am breaking 100 mods on my skyrim (I think i am at 155) and I'm just fine :P


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I have an i5 and I am breaking 100 mods on my skyrim (I think i am at 155) and I'm just fine :P

I meant mods that use a lot of CPU. You might be running a lot of graphics mods like more textures and stuff but when you add entirely new game mechanics and things that the CPU has to keep track of you might start to fall behind. 


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I meant mods that use a lot of CPU. You might be running a lot of graphics mods like more textures and stuff but when you add entirely new game mechanics and things that the CPU has to keep track of you might start to fall behind. 

Yea I do tend to stick with the graphics mods, I do have about 30 or so cpu intensive mods, but I have never seen my i5 hold me back on anything


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A new gpu + ssd is probably where you want to invest your money.


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I would like to know your budget is before making any recommendations

ermm don't really want to go above £350 for GPU alone but budget on otherthings i would say mid-high range budget but nothing OTT like titan and 2011 socket stuff

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ermm don't really want to go above £350 for GPU alone but budget on otherthings i would say mid-high range budget but nothing OTT like titan and 2011 socket stuff

Getting a 7950/samsung 840 would be my recommendation for the biggest improvement for your money: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1er2k


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Getting a 7950/samsung 840 would be my recommendation for the biggest improvement for your money: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1er2k

 

 

These are my suggestions your other components can be saved for your system build

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1eq1v

I have taken your advice in consideration and would like to know your verdict on whether doing this is a good idea as it is feasible for me 

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1esIw

 

meaning i will have a 7970, 250gb ssd 16gb of ram and an I5 then start saving for my next brand new build?

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I have taken your advice in consideration and would like to know your verdict on whether doing this is a good idea as it is feasible for me 

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1esIw

 

meaning i will have a 7970, 250gb ssd 16gb of ram and an I5 then start saving for my next brand new build?

Get the 7950 instead. The 7970 is not that much better which being significantly more expensive. The performance gap becomes even closer when both cards are overclocked.

Other than that, it looks good.


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I have taken your advice in consideration and would like to know your verdict on whether doing this is a good idea as it is feasible for me 

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1esIw

 

meaning i will have a 7970, 250gb ssd 16gb of ram and an I5 then start saving for my next brand new build?

 

Woodmaker has made a very good point in his advice on the two video cards but the decision is up to you but if it was up to me I would go for the

7970

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