Solved Upgrade Advice Please?

January 13, 2012 at 08:34:16
Specs: Windows 7, 4GB PC1333
I am looking to upgrade my system a bit, as I bought the components a couple of years ago and am finding that it's starting to struggle with more recent games. My budget at the moment (if the advice doesn't end up being save up for a new system completely) is around the £150 mark, and I was originally looking at upgrading either the graphics card or the processor, although any other suggestions would also be welcome!

Current system is:

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1Ghz
PowerColor HD4870 1GB GDDR5
Asus M4A785TD-V EVO Socket AM3
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333Mhz
Arctic Power 700W
Windows 7 64-Bit

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January 13, 2012 at 10:09:09
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I see very little reason to upgrade. You could add more RAM at a minimal cost though - 2x4GB to the 4GB you already have, 12GB will be plenty! The graphics card is a bit dated but still ranks high on the charts:

You have a Black Edition CPU but it appears you're running it at the stock speed of 3.1GHz - why? The whole idea behind the BE CPUs is their overclocking ability. You should have no problem running it at 3.4-3.5GHz & probably wouldn't even need to adjust the voltage or any other settings. You may even be able to unlock the cores & turn it into an X3 or X4.

Your graphics card can be overclocked as well. Create an overclocking profile & just load it for gaming. Return to the stock profile for non-gaming.

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January 13, 2012 at 22:40:58
I'm guessing the dual-core is holding back some of your games--some new games like triple- and quad-core CPUs.

Socket 939 | Dual-core Opteron 185 @ 3.2GHz | 4GB | 1.0TB | Win7 x64
GeForce GTX 460 1GB | X-Fi Ti Pro | A8N32-SLI Deluxe | Antec P182

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