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Computer Upgrade


Chief Savage Man

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Those of you who have gotten to know me somewhat outside of the CN political realm might know that I'm something of an avid PC gamer. Unfortunately up until now, the machine I've been using has been sub-par given the amount of time (a lot) and money (over one thousand dollars on Steam in the past year) I spend on this hobby of mine.

Current Machine:

Pentium D 3.0Ghz

Radeon HD 5570 1GB VRAM

2 GB of DDR2 RAM

It's not a pretty sight. This machine wasn't meant to play video games when it was built in 2007 and it certainly wasn't meant to play the games of 2011. It's managed most things I've thrown at it with the exception of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 which chugs along painfully in single player and straight up fails to work in multiplayer. I've been able to make it work so far by repeated GPU upgrades and upgrading the RAM but I'm pretty sure the power supply is failing. The mobo has a hard limit of 2GB of RAM, the CPU is ancient, the GPU does OK but is still under par for the newest games. Skyrim and BF3 will put this thing to bed for sure. So now I have some money and will be spending about 600 dollars on the following setup.

Phenom II X4 3.2Ghz

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB VRAM

8 GB of DDR3 RAM

It should be a massive improvement over what I've got now and I'm really looking forward to it. With any luck, the PC will be here by the weekend. It's about time I had a computer to match my interest. As an added bonus, the 560 Ti comes with a Steam code for Batman: Arkham City. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Not going for an i5 for budget reasons?Also, your old GPU isn't *that* bad, it's certainly much newer than your Pentium D. I'm surprised you can play half the games you do on that thing.

Not only is the i5 twice as much but the motherboards are more expensive too so it really broke my budget. I wanted to but the Phenom II is just so much cheaper. As for the GPU, I bought it on the cheap last year so its not that old.

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Yeah I probably overspent on my current i5 rig, but I'm also happy that it's future proof for a while.

I gotta get a decent GPU (and a case that will fit a decent GPU comfortably). My trusty 9800 GTX+ got demolished by the Witcher 2.

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That's a nice upgrade there, Chief.

My Hewlett-Crapard began underperforming about 3 months after I got (I swear I'm never buying a factory made piece of garbage again) and that was even after I turned off all the bells and whistles and all non essential services.

With that set-up you'll be rocking it out in style now. 'Grats.

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Just purchased this rig today: Building it specifically for Skyrim

Coolmaster Full Tower HAF932 Case

128GB SSD Crucial

Asrock z68 motherboard

Nvida GTX 560 TI 1GB

Intel i7 quad core 2600K

650W corsair Power supply

8GB DDR3 GSKILL RAM

1 TB WD caviar black HD

Extra CPU Fan

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