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Is there an economical way to upgrade my old PC?

#1OldAngryGamerPosted 12/1/2013 5:24:32 PM(edited)
Back in 2008 I purchased a pre-built PC from Newegg. Please forgive my ignorance regarding my lack of knowledge over building a pc back then. Here's a link to the PC I bought: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229034.

A year later after two pairs of graphics cards burned out on me (Radeon 3870x2), and since the warranty was done on them, I went ahead and replaced them with a single Radeon 4870 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150394).

Things have been fine since then but now I've been debating about upgrading my PC slightly to be able to comfortable play more recent games like Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3 and Dishonored. Just to give you an idea of my current PC power, I can play a game like Deus Ex: HR at mid range settings smoothly, but I will notice the FPS dropping to below 30 ever so often. Especially when there is a lot going on, on screen, in the game.

What I'm looking for is to see if there is a way I can economically upgrade the PC I have to play the games I'm interested in at high settings (not ultra) without a noticeable drops or hiccups in the FPS. Can I get away with just upgrading the GPU, Ram and maybe the CPU? Or in the end am I looking at having to spend $400 to $600 on building a new PC?
#2LordSeiferPosted 12/1/2013 5:15:30 PM
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#3juscallmeehxPosted 12/1/2013 5:34:01 PM
The problem is your video card I think

Deus Ex: HR requires Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 5850 on Recommended

You have a Radeon HD 4870.

In my experience, never do minimum system requirements. I did that for Oblivion and bought a card that was a minimum requirement and it looked like crap.

You can buy a better graphics card that you can carry over to a new build although you might run into bottleneck issues.

I had a quad core Q6600 with my current 560ti. And playing Skyrim and Deus Ex: HM was horrible I wasn't sure why since I had met the recommended requirements at the time. I figured it was just a bottleneck.
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#4OldAngryGamer(Topic Creator)Posted 12/1/2013 7:56:54 PM(edited)
I was thinking about upgrading the ram to 8GB and then this for a graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102958

I'm still not sure what I could upgrade my CPU to without changing my motherboard.

So would these parts work together and would I be able to run current games with them?
#5juscallmeehxPosted 12/1/2013 7:58:06 PM
You can't upgrade the CPU because they have different socket types. Your current computer uses AM2+/AM2 while the new CPU uses FM2. You will have to replace the motherboard to do so, which means you have to replace the RAM, which means practically everything.

You can upgrade the RAM to 8GB (from 4) to a 2x2x2x2 dual channel but unfortunately you cannot re-use that RAM since it's DDR2 while current gen is DDR3. It's a sunk investment.

That's why I said you can and probably should upgrade your graphics card as that can be carried over to a new computer but I did include a forewarning about having a higher end GPU with an older system causing possible bottlenecks.
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#6OldAngryGamer(Topic Creator)Posted 12/1/2013 8:30:22 PM
So what about the graphics card I posted earlier? Would that help me and would I be able to carry it over to another build?

I was also thinking about adding 4GB more of ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122
#7juscallmeehxPosted 12/1/2013 8:45:47 PM
RAM's fine, but remember it is a sunk cost. Cannot be transferred over.

GPU is fine but it is relatively entry level and games will quickly surpass that. If you can, try a GTX 650 or 660 or the R9 270.

Here's a good site http://www.logicalincrements.com/
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#8KavenryPosted 12/1/2013 10:02:33 PM
I find the lack of SSD suggestions disturbing
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#9SlaynPosted 12/1/2013 10:28:24 PM
Kavenry posted...
I find the lack of SSD suggestions disturbing


Why the **** would he get an SSD? Is it going to give him gaming performance? No.
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#10OldAngryGamer(Topic Creator)Posted 12/2/2013 10:08:59 AM
So I've been eyeing the following graphics card, along with adding 4 GB more of RAM: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00942TJFC/ref=aw_ls__2?colid=XZWE97SUKYPM&coliid=I13ZH772C3Y2KJ

So would this allow to smoothly play games like Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3 and Dishonored at mid-high to high settings?

I figure that this option would keep me under $200.