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So I've had my PC nearly a year, need upgrade suggestions please

#1moz-182Posted 9/10/2013 4:47:23 AM
Intel Pentium G860 3.00GHz
4GB Crucial DDR3 RAM
AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
Mobo: Gigabyte H61MA- D3V

I built it reasonably cheap, was replacing my broken PS3, but now BF4 is on the horizon I was wondering what I should upgrade.
Obviously the CPU and more RAM, but can somebody give their expert advice.

My default setting for Crysis 2 was Ultra...somehow, and I can still run BF3 at decent FPS.
Like I said though it was a cheap first build, just to get my foot in the door, so I sacrificed CPU power for a stronger GPU.

Thanks
#2DarkZV2BetaPosted 9/10/2013 4:53:39 AM(edited)
Well, buy a i5 2xxx CPU. 2500 if you can. And, some more RAM too. That's really it.
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#3ShpooplePosted 9/10/2013 5:01:26 AM
DarkZV2Beta posted...
Well, buy a i5 2xxx CPU. 2500 if you can. And, some more RAM too. That's really it.
#4SlaynPosted 9/10/2013 5:03:48 AM
Shpoople posted...
DarkZV2Beta posted...
Well, buy a i5 2xxx CPU. 2500 if you can. And, some more RAM too. That's really it.

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#5moz-182(Topic Creator)Posted 9/10/2013 5:08:00 AM
Can I ask why the 2XXX and not a 3XXX ?
I'm not doubting, I'm just not very clued up.
Something to do with compatibility?
Cheers
#6godplaysSNESPosted 9/10/2013 5:17:37 AM
Nah, it can take the 3xxx CPUs as well. If you're in doubt, look at the official CPU support on the manufacturer's website.
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4089#

But if you're upgrading primarily for BF4, you might as well just wait until it's out. Then we'll know for sure how demanding it is, and word is that AMD's new series will be out as well
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#7wildog2006Posted 9/10/2013 7:06:43 AM
a new cpu would require a new mobo. if it supports a good i5, no point in considering amd
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#8maybecallsPosted 9/10/2013 7:45:53 AM
i5-3470 (retail version) might be a good choice.

As for the RAM upgrade option....... depends if you have 2 x 2GB, or 1 x 4GB installed atm.


I went with a H61 motherboard, too, when I built this PC two years ago. I opted for an i5-2500 and a GTX 460, along with 2 x 4GB DIMMs, all of which I'm still using (and will be for some time). I actually did consider getting a Pentium G620 (with a HD 6670), but decided to spend a bit more.
#9moz-182(Topic Creator)Posted 9/10/2013 12:36:52 PM
Why would i need a new mobo with a new CPU? Would an I5 not be compatible with my current motherboard?
It's a single 4GB stick but the mobo has dual channel capabilities, so I'm probably best off getting the RAM first.
#10maybecallsPosted 9/11/2013 1:42:11 AM
You can install any socket 1155 CPU. It just depends on how much you're prepared to pay. No point in paying a premium for a K CPU, though. Not with a H61 motherboard. Any reasonably fast i5 or i7 would be a worthwhile upgrade. Whether or not the extra cash for the i7's hyperthreading capability is worth it is up to you.

As for the RAM....... The dual channel capability doesn't matter much. Either another 4GB DIMM, or an 8GB DIMM would be good. Some folk reckon that 8GB might not be enough for 'upcoming' games, while others say otherwise. I dunno.