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Old 08-15-2011, 03:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am entering my last year of college and this will be my last opportunity to do a lot of gaming in the coming year. I want to play all the new games coming out including Deus Ex, Skyrim, and Rage; and I want to play them in good quality. My current setup is as follows: - COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply PSU:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 550W - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750 CPU:ntel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1156 - GA-P55M-UD4 (rev. 1.0) MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4 - SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card GPU: Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit

I am only looking to spend about $300 unless I can be convinced otherwise. I had some difficulty playing Witcher 2 smoothly, so I know my computer is being bottlenecked somewhere. None of my hardware is overclocked.


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Old 08-15-2011, 05:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: My Final Upgrade for a While

My new EVGA GTX 560 Ti SC will run those games at the highest settings. My Q9400 is also 2.66ghz and there doesn't seem to be a noticeable bottleneck when I'm playing games. I do find that my CPU is at a greater strain than my GPU, but it is fine. Anyway, that's what I'd recommend upgrading to...

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Old 08-15-2011, 05:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, a new graphics card will help out a tonne. A gtx560ti is in the mid $200 range and arguably the best "bang for your buck" card available right now.
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Your only low end, and its not that low is your gpu...

I'd get a better cooler and overclock to gain more speed.

But yha just the gpu would be needed for an upgrade.
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