Upgrading Gaming PC on the cheap?

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  1. R4Liam
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    R4Liam Artsy Dude

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    I am looking into upgrading my PC since it's been about 4 years and it's showing signs of feeling outdated. I was going to buy a PS4 but now I don't see reason too since the new gen consoles can't be too far away. I have also grown accustomed to my PC now. This guy makes some compelling reasons as to why PC is better:



    Anyway, how would I go about purchasing parts for my PC without it costing an arm and a leg? I am guessing I won't need to replace everything e.g. the case (although it's a bit cracked), the HDD, the fans. What would I need to replace to get better performance and stability?

    These are my specs atm:

    http://imgur.com/a/iU4o8

    I don't know what else I need to show of my specs.

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

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    1) Get a better CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113347
    2) Get an SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147568
    3) Get a GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA6ZP4X20591
    4) ????
    5) Enjoy the Master Race

    It makes sense to just max out the CPU, so that you won't be spending on it for another 5-6 years. The SSD you could opt for a 250GB one if short on cash, and the same goes for the GPU. You could get a 1050 if you need to save a bit of money.

    Otherwise, since you're probably GPU-less, you could keep your current CPU, grab a GPU and SSD and call it a day. It'll allow you to start playing gaems, but don't expect to max them out with your current CPU.
     
  3. R4Liam
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    My Current build still plays PC games! It plays CoD Black Ops 3, MGS5, Skyrim Remastered etc. fine enough. It would just be nice to future proof my PC a bit and be able to increase the graphics settings.
    I have an AMD Radeon HD7000 which feels a bit old at this point.

    Thanks for those links, I don't have a budget as high as this atm but if I were to get the money or have one as a present, would the GPU be the important thing update? Or is it unwise to get one component and have it run alongside worse components?
     
  4. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

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    HD7000 is the series, depending on the precise model you might be in more need of a newer GPU than anything else. Try using something like GPU-Z and paste a screenshot here.

    The SSD is a vital component in my eyes, but you don't really know how much you're missing out until you get one, so I suppose that a GPU could be higher priority. If you've got a really good 7000 series GPU, you could go for the CPU instead. I dunno, everything depends on how much you can spend and what kind of GPU you've got.

    They're all pretty old games, honestly, so it's not telling me much :P
     
  5. Armadillo

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    I wouldn't recommend a 9590.

    For one thing, it doesn't work on all am3+ motherboards. The massive powerdraw is just too much for a lot of the cheaper am3+ boards to handle and they will curl up and die.

    It's also just basically just a cherry picked FX processor. In most gaming benchmarks of it, it's only 10-15fps at most ahead of an 8350. It also has the same meh single threaded performance as all of the piledriver chips. Makes more sense to just grab a cheap 8320. Will all run at the same speed as the 8350 with just a nudge of the mulitplier and from there if you really want, you can try to push to 9590 speeds and kill your board (if it's a cheaper one) and turn your pc into a furnance as well.

    I'd argue to get a ssd now and maybe a upgrade the gpu, then wait for zen next year and if that doesn't work out, go intel for cpu. AM3+ is a dead platform, seems a waste to spend a huge amount on it.