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Old 08-13-2013, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Its still going strong, but its getting a little long in the tooth and I have a feeling some of these upcoming games are going to hit hard (Rome 2 and Watch Dogs, I'm looking at you). Plus, I like cranking the graphics all the way up.

So what do you say? I'm thinking about a new video card, maybe throw in some more RAM and a SSHD, but I don't know if that would mean upgrading my power supply. More informed suggestions are welcome.

As far as budget goes, I'd say about $800-$1000

Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor, 3200 Mhz, 4 Core(s)
Installed Physical Memory (RAM): 4.00 GB
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG HD103SJ ATA Device 931 GB
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co. GA-870A-UD3
Power Supply: Corsair TX650W
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you currently overclocked any? Rome 2 is most likely going to be very CPU taxing, but your GPU does need an upgrade.

4 extra GB of RAM (nothing fancy, 1600 is fine), an SSD, and then the hard part the GPU.
You have a hefty budget, so I would suggest something like a GTX770 or something in that area.
Your PSU is fine, and don't bother with the hybrid drives. You can use your current 1TB as a data/storage drive and get a 120GB SSD.
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I'll try to do this for you PP, I used amazon since as I have an affiliate account from awhile back.

MSI GTX 770 $470

Samsung 120GB EVO $110

i5 4760K $220

Gigabyte z87 $140

Thats a really good build man
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he already has 4gb ram, he can just go buy another stick of what he has
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He will most likely have 2x2. If he's spending any kind of money on RAM, might as well be 8 so he can have 12GB total for a more "futureproof" setup.

In all fairness though, he doesn't really need a new CPU. An SSD, more RAM, and a 780 would be a phenomenal upgrade.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow, thanks for the quick answers, guys!

One other question. Going with just a new video card, a SSD, and more RAM, will I need a new power supply too?
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No. That PSU is basically the standard that I recommend everybody here that has a budget between 500 and 1200. It can power any single CPU and GPU solution.

If you go with just those, I change the video card to an eVGA GTX780 but remain on the others.
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EVGA GeForce GTX780 $660
Corsair Neutron Series GTX SSD $125
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) RAM $70

OPTIONAL, overclock you CPU if you have the Black Edition
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO


You wont need a new PSU
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