Solved I want to upgrade a 2-year-old computer for video & games

November 19, 2012 at 15:20:12
Specs: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English, Intel Core i7 920 QC (2.66GHz, 8MB Cache)
Hello,

Please help,

I am looking for ways to upgrade my computer and make it edit video faster and run games with better graphics. I woul do more video editing if my machine was faster.

I am using Light works 11.0.3, the free version. Lots of options, but it takes time to put videos together.

Also, I am looking to make my machine better able to take on the new GTA V, as well as other current games such as Civilization 5 and Mafia 2.

Intel Core i7 920 QC (2.66GHz, 8MB Cache)
6GB Triple Channel 1333Mhz DDR3
Single ATI Radeon HD 5870, 1GB GDDR5
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
1TB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 32MB Cache HDD


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#1
November 19, 2012 at 20:10:09
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You have some specs missing like motherboard & power supply.
If your motherboard supports it and you have the thermal headroom, you can overclock your CPU.
You can increase your total memory.
If your motherboard supports it, you may be able to use faster memory.
You can use an SSD drive for Windows and your core programs.
You may be able to run a second video card (crossfire) if your motherboard and power supply will support it (gaming).

Beyond that, you probably would need to start from scratch (3rd Generation i7 based build).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
November 20, 2012 at 06:18:50
Your graphics card is pretty high on the chart. You can do better but I don't know if it would be worth the cost ($300 +/-)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

More RAM would definitely be helpful as would a SSD. RAM is cheap, SSDs are not (approx $1/GB). Are you willing to spend $500 or more for RAM, graphics & SSD?


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#3
November 20, 2012 at 06:31:25
Your machine is still perfect for modern games, those games u mentioned(except GTA V) will run on ultra or very high settings without a lag.

The only way to improve video editing is
-CPU upgrade (high end socket 1366 CPU's aren't cheap)
-Video card upgrade because many video editing programs takes advantage of nVidia CUDA cores, u gonna need a high end nVidia video card.

or

http://www.microcenter.com/product/...
http://www.microcenter.com/product/...
And use the the rest of components in your current machine.

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#4
November 20, 2012 at 18:58:55
Maybe just RAM update. Thank you for the help.

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#5
November 20, 2012 at 18:59:51
Thank you for the help. Your reply and the others is what I needed for a guidance. Maybe just RAM for now.

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#6
November 20, 2012 at 19:01:05
Thank you for the help. Appreciated.

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