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Xenjamin

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Hello everybody! Ive been out of the PC-upgrading-game for quite a while and i'm on the verge of either getting a PS4/XB1 or upgrading my PC. I bought my current rig years ago and i have no idea how it hold's up today or what i should be upgrading (maybe everything?) So here's my current rig, please take a look and please feel free to say what you would upgrade!

Processor: Intel core i5-2500k @ 3.30 ghz
Ram: 8 gig
Graphics card: GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Thanks in advance guys, i know im posting quite a bit about "Oh i might get a ps4, oh maybe an xbox one or oh maybe upgrade my PC" but it's because im having some real deciding issues here, these things are expensive lol!

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Maelstrom

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Your RAM and processor are both good, but th graphics card is a little lacking. I'd recommend upgrading that first, but make sure you check how much more your power supply can handle. I think it should be rated at about 50-100 watts above what your computer needs, so it will not go under that with age and fry your computer. If you get a nice graphics card, you will definitely need to do that.

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rallydefault

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Yea, your processor is totally fine - I have an i7, but a ton of PC gamers still swear by the i5 series. If you are looking to seriously game on the PC, you MAY want to consider an expansion of your RAM. Don't get me wrong, 8 gigs will allow you to run any game out there, but if you really want to stick with PC gaming and have some legs on your rig, just consider upgrading the RAM in the near future.

And, finally, the graphics cards. Definite upgrade needed there. My first recommendation: check out the information/forums on Tom's Hardware. The people there are knowledgeable and there are lots of charts to look at when considering GPU decisions. Your GTX 560 Ti is a bit on the lower end now. To give you an idea, I'm still running an AMD Radeon HD 6950, which is a step above your GTX 560. I can still run most new releases at Ultra settings, but I'm starting to take hits in the FPS department (which is a big no-no for PC gamers haha). If you want to stick to Nvidia, you can move a few steps up to something like a 680 or 770 and be right back in the game for a long time (and about 350ish U.S. dollars), or just do a slight upgrade to like a 750 ti for 150 dollars.

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SkywardLink98

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The RAM and processor should be able to run just about all of your games. It really comes down to this: Do you want to run your games, or run them at max settings 60fps?

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Xiao_Pai

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For graphics, a good upgrade to go with is GTX 750. I just got this, and my games look awesome, and run nearly perfect. (Sims 3 still lags a little for some bizarre reason, lol)

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unrandomsam

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Depends what you want to play and how much you want to spend on the graphics card.

There is stuff now that the recommended cpu is an i7 (Or suitable Xeon) or FX8350.

I think you are better of waiting until it is more obvious what is likely to be the maximum needed for PS4/Xbone ports. Stuff like Watchdogs wants 3GB of video RAM.

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Kodeen

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Agreed that the graphics card should be the first thing to upgrade. Honestly, it's fine for games that are written for PS360 level, but once you start to play games that are targeted at PS4/X1 you will want a bump.

Probably would be best to wait for something in your budget to appear in the GTX 800 range, which isn't out yet. They're supposed to be much more efficient than the 600/700 cards.

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Maelstrom

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unrandomsam wrote:

There is stuff now that the recommended cpu is an i7 (Or suitable Xeon) or FX8350.

Actually, in most games, the difference is negligible.

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unrandomsam

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Maelstrom wrote:

unrandomsam wrote:

There is stuff now that the recommended cpu is an i7 (Or suitable Xeon) or FX8350.

Actually, in most games, the difference is negligible.

Yeah now. But one consistent thing is the least possible effort gets put in to the PC. A quick and dirty port from the PS4 will run better with 8 cores or hyperthreading.

There is not enough information yet to guarantee not having to replace something again quite soon.

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Maelstrom

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unrandomsam wrote:

Maelstrom wrote:

unrandomsam wrote:

There is stuff now that the recommended cpu is an i7 (Or suitable Xeon) or FX8350.

Actually, in most games, the difference is negligible.

Yeah now. But one consistent thing is the least possible effort gets put in to the PC.

I've read that sentence 3 times and can't make any sense out of it. Care to elaborate?

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Kodeen

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Maelstrom wrote:

unrandomsam wrote:

Maelstrom wrote:

unrandomsam wrote:

There is stuff now that the recommended cpu is an i7 (Or suitable Xeon) or FX8350.

Actually, in most games, the difference is negligible.

Yeah now. But one consistent thing is the least possible effort gets put in to the PC.

I've read that sentence 3 times and can't make any sense out of it. Care to elaborate?

He's saying that PC ports are often poorly optimized, requiring some additional CPU oomph to pick up the slack.

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Maelstrom

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Kodeen wrote:

He's saying that PC ports are often poorly optimized, requiring some additional CPU oomph to pick up the slack.

Thanks, that makes more sense.

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