Hello guys. I would like to know what is the best upgrade for my computer for about 400 Euros. It's a bit over two and a half years old now and some new games don't work on high anymore. Some still do on ultra like Max Payne 3 but I think that's because of a good optimization. My budget is arround 400 Euros and I use my PC mostly for games, surfing the web, and writing seminar papers for college. Now here is my spec:
Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.67Ghz
4 GB DDR 3 Ram
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE HD 4770 512MB DDR 5
Motherboard: ASRock P55M Pro
Is it possible to put in i5 3450 or will i have to change my motherboard?
The processor you have isn't too bad, I'd prioritize getting a new graphics card. An HD 7850 for 250 dollars would be a great upgrade for you. You could also get an SSD with the left-over money and run the OS and games off it. What PSU do you have?
Upgrading the processor would also mean getting a new motherboard.
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indeed the 7850 is a good buy, nd personally, I wouldnt go any less than a 650W. A PSU lasts for generations of parts; you wanna make sure you have a good one. Hell I might even go for a 700/750w model, http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-p...pply-tp750blue
the difference would only be 20 euro since you are buying in euro, save the rest for a mobo and CPU upgrade in the future.
New graphics card and a new quality PSU are definitely the best things you can do with that machine.
Radeon 7850 is definitely a fantastic choice for price/performance, but of course you know what your budget is.
Yes, the CPU could be overclocked for a good boost, it isn't worth replacing it yet, it's still very decent.
You could pick up another 4GB of RAM while you're at it because it is so cheap now, but I wouldn't say it's absolutely necessary, just recommended.
I wouldn't worry about an SSD yet, the graphics card is the weakest link.
You can get 8GB RAM for pretty much £30/$50 which will be all you will ever need for just gaming.
Get a good PSU, preferably one that has a strong 12V rail and decent wattage.
Other than the PSU, the graphics card is the most important upgrade here. I spent $150 on a new card, ATI 6850, fairly cheap compared to the expensive ones. Can run BF3 on mostly max settings with a steady frame rate.
You can play WoW on full max and feel comfortable anywhere. Although the capitals will still lag a bit.
If you are confident with it, try overclocking the GPU.