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Upgrade suggestions (most cost effective)

#1garboyPosted 1/8/2014 5:42:49 AM
Here's my current computer setup:

AMD Phenom X4 940 3Ghz
4GB DDR3 Ram
Geforce GTX 260 896MB GDDR3

It's been quite awhile since I've upgraded (as you can see). I can run many games on good settings, but more demanding games like Batman: Arkham Asylum chug at higher settings. What would be the least expensive parts to upgrade to to be able to play current games (and possibly future games) at high or max settings? To be honest, I'm mostly a console gamer, but I like to play games on my PC from time to time. Thanks in advance for the input.
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#2ThePCElitistPosted 1/8/2014 5:50:18 AM
garboy posted...
Here's my current computer setup:

AMD Phenom X4 940 3Ghz
4GB DDR3 Ram
Geforce GTX 260 896MB GDDR3

It's been quite awhile since I've upgraded (as you can see). I can run many games on good settings, but more demanding games like Batman: Arkham Asylum chug at higher settings. What would be the least expensive parts to upgrade to to be able to play current games (and possibly future games) at high or max settings? To be honest, I'm mostly a console gamer, but I like to play games on my PC from time to time. Thanks in advance for the input.


To be honest all 3 of the components could use an upgrade. You should add another 4 GB's of ram and upgrade to something like these but without a budget we can't help you much. What's the most you're willing to spend? Also tell us what Power Supply you have.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161442
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127756
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150642
#3garboy(Topic Creator)Posted 1/8/2014 6:27:55 AM
Since I don't do a huge amount of PC gaming, I wanted to try not to spend more than $500-600.
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#4TropicMoon10Posted 1/8/2014 6:31:12 AM
I'd say upgrade the graphics card. The difference between GDDR3 and GDDR5 is pretty big. Something like an R9 270 or a Radeon 7870 offer great price to performance, and your CPU shouldn't bottleneck it that much.
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#5garboy(Topic Creator)Posted 1/8/2014 6:59:30 AM
Do you think I should get another 4GB of ram while I'm at it? Or will I not see much of a difference?
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#6-GhosT-Posted 1/8/2014 7:05:06 AM
Depending on the games you'll be playing, 8GB is quickly becoming the norm. another 4GB of RAM will come cheap and help a great deal IMO.
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#7PhilOnDezPosted 1/8/2014 7:09:33 AM
If you exclusively game and never have programs running in the background 4 is still fine. If you leave a browser with 5-10 tabs open like I do it'd probably be worth it.

I think a new GPU would be your best upgrade, for your budget you could probably get a 760 and still have the money to pick up a 4670k and mobo (assuming $250+230+120). If you want to upgrade the ram as well you'd either have to up your budget or skimp on one of those things and I don't think the ram would be as big an upgrade as any of those parts.
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