upgrade help needed PLEASE

March 11, 2013 at 12:31:38
Specs: Windows 7 64bit ultimate, intel I7 2600K / 8GB DDR3 1333mhz
hi guys ,

i am currently having a problem with deciding on what next to upgrade on my PC. i am a big gamer and and unfortunately i don't have a lot of $ to spend on my system (so please no total rebuild) i would just like to run games on a high graphics setting and more smoothly if possible. what would you guys upgrade in my current system and for what reason.

my specs: Intel I7 2600K 3.4GHZ
: 8GB Apacer DDR3 1333MHZ memory (RAM)
: MSI 465GTX Twinfrzer ii
: MSI P67A-C43 main board
: 600W PSU (a crappy make)
: 500GB SATA 3 Western digital green HDD

i would just like to upgrade one thing at a time to play a bit smoother, i was thinking of a new GPU but would really like another GPU with a bit rate of 256bit or higher.

thanks guys really need your help lol.

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March 11, 2013 at 13:29:23
Before you upgrade anything else you should replace the "crappy make" powersupply.
What exactly do you regard as a crappy make? Does it have a brand-name and model number?

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March 11, 2013 at 13:48:47
"would really like another GPU with a bit rate of 256bit or higher"

Do you understand what that is? The GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is the chip the video card is based on. Your GPU is a Geforce GF100 Fermi. The "bit" is the memory interface. You already have a 256-bit card:


Not only that but it's pretty high on the charts:



To make the upgrade worthwhile, that is, to see a significant improvement in gaming, you'd have to spend at least $300 on a new card, plus I highly recommend replacing the "crappy make" PSU. So you'd be look at about $400 (give or take).

Looking at your other specs, you have a slow "green" HDD & the wrong RAM.

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March 11, 2013 at 14:39:45
I agree.
First, I would replace the power supply with a good quality one, one that would later support a graphics card upgrade. This is also for your system's protection as well.
Second, I would upgrade to faster memory.
Third, I would overclock the CPU (if you are not already), and possibly the graphics card.
Fourth, I would invest in a GOOD 120GB SSD drive for your operating system, games, and your primary programs, moving the 'green' drive to be used as an internal file storage drive which it really is best suited for.
Do these in stages if needed, and put off the graphics card upgrade for later, possibly for the next build (SATA 6BG/s, PCIe 3.0, 4th Gen i-7, etc).

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

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March 12, 2013 at 03:48:22
it is a proline 600w PS/2 full safety ATX power supply. i would also just like to add that i am from South africa (third world country) so gaming parts are very overprised .

thanks for the quick respnse

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March 12, 2013 at 03:59:59
i was also looking at the CMZ4G1X1600C9
Corsair Vengeance Memory - 4GB DDR3-1600, 240-Pin, Gaming Memory and running 2x4GB in dual channel and then the ADATA-SP900-128GB As a new HDD. for PSU i was thinking of the Cougar 750W.

Thanks again guys for the good response

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March 12, 2013 at 20:15:00
If possible, purchase memory in dual channel matched sets, rather than individual sticks. They are more likely to match closer and you are more likely to get a price break for the dual pack than for the single pack.
The only reference to 'Cougar 750W' shows a power supply with 4 distinct 12Volt rails. Your better power supplies today have single 12Volt rails with all of your available amperage all on the same rail. The difference this makes is that you will never get a situation where your graphics card is starved for current on the one or two rails that are powering it and there is all of this amperage available, but you cannot use it because you cannot 'cross over' to where it is and access it.
Look for a power supply with these features if possible:
A single 12Volt Rail
80% or greater certified efficiency rating
Active PFC
A Quality Name Brand
A long 3-5 year warranty (shows confidence in their product)
High consumer ratings at online sites and reviews.

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