Budget upgrade to prolong life of gaming pc

  jarednz 21:09 PM 10 Nov 13
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Hi all

my current PC specs are as follows:

  • Intel Core i5 750 2.66 GHz, Socket 1156, Retail pack with fan

  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS Hard Disk Drive, 1500GB, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, SATA-2

  • G.Skill Ripjaw F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM, 2x2GB, DDR3-1600, PC3-12800, CL8, DIMM

  • MSI R5850-PM2D1G Video Card, Radeon HD 5850, 1024MB, DDR5, PCIe-16, DVI, CrossFire, HDMI

  • Asus P7P55 LX Motherboard, Socket 1156, 4xDIMM DDR3, 2xPCIe-16, 3xPCI, 2xPCIe-1, 14xUSB2, Audio, 1xATA, 6xSATA, RAID, ATX

  • Vantec ION2, 620W ATX PSU, SLI Ready, Black

I'd really like to give it a good upgrade on a budget no more than $500, firstly I know it badly needs an SSD, for which I'm thinking of the Samsung 250gb 840 EVO series. The ram could do with another 4GB and my video card is struggling with the latest releases. Should I ditch the video card and go for something newer or try and get another 5850 for crossfire support?

TIA.

  retep888™ 22:20 PM 10 Nov 13

<< firstly I know it badly needs an SSD, for which I'm thinking of the Samsung 250gb 840 EVO series >>

This 250GB Samsung 840 Evo at NZ$285.89 will bite off a big chunk of your budget so I'd suggest get the 120GB at NZ$168.94 instead. Reinstall your OS on this SSD but put the games & datas on your 1.5TB Hdd.

<< and my video card is struggling with the latest releases. >>

You'll need a gx card like GTX660 at NZ$342.61 if you want vast performance improvement over Hd5850, these 2 items together exceeds your budget by $11.55 already.

<< The ram could do with another 4GB >>

You didn't say what version of your OS was but if it's a 32bit then anything more than 3.5GB of Ram is a waste.

  jarednz 22:27 PM 10 Nov 13

Hi, sorry I forgot to mention the OS version indeed.

I'm Running Windows 7 64bit. I'll stretch that budget as much as I can.

Do you think my HD 58050 is bottle necking? it was a great card couple years ago, but it is starting to show its ages, or perhaps the memory and hdd are really slowing the system down?

Thanks for this :o)

  retep888™ 23:22 PM 10 Nov 13

<< I'm Running Windows 7 64bit. I'll stretch that budget as much as I can. >>

That'll stretch your budget to another NZ$83.32 for 4 more GB of G.Skill RipjawsX F3 . :)

<< Do you think my HD 58050 is bottle necking? >>

The HD5850 was & still is a great card but a little dated by nowadays standard, if you want to upgrade the system then a power gx card is a must. Radeon HD 7850 at NZ$345.23 is an alternative to consider.

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