Upgrading Computer

By GusDaBus
Dec 10, 2013
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  1. Hi, Sorry if this is in the wring topic (I'm new to this forum) I'm thinking about upgrading 1/some of my pc parts for Christmas and don't know which ones are bad and need upgrading or don't need upgrading. I'm looking to play games like Dayz Standalone, BF4 ArmA 3 and games like that.
    My specs just now are:

    Processor; Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz, 3300 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Installed Physical Memory (RAM); 6.00 GB
    OS Name; Microsoft Windows 8
    System Type; x64-based PC
    Graphics card; NVIDIA GeForce GT640

    My Budget is around 400 pounds
    Thanks to anyone that can help !
  2. GusDaBus

    GusDaBus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry Posted this in wrong , it was meant to go In the gaming one
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    What motherboard and PSU do you have? Also, what HDD do you have? Finally, is this a prebuilt or custom built machine?
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    I moved your post to this forum which is the proper forum for your question. The gaming forum is a software forum. Your question is hardware.
  5. GusDaBus

    GusDaBus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay, thanks mailpup, I'm going to school just now but I'll find out tonight and it's an alieanware x51
  6. GusDaBus

    GusDaBus TS Rookie Topic Starter

  7. GusDaBus

    GusDaBus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Not sure what PSU I have but I don't think it will need changing, I have an alienware a-12 motherboard? That's what CPU-Z showed, and finally I have a 1000gb hdd.
  8. GusDaBus

    GusDaBus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I found out that I have a 330w psu
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    I'm not sure how far 400 pounds will take you but, if you plan on upgrading graphics cards, you will also need a new power supply. A 500W would be a nice range for any cards.
  10. hopgop1

    hopgop1 TS Booster Posts: 165   +31

    Assuming his motherboard can take this CPU, this is what I recommend, Corsair CX600 (this can take lots of future upgrades and I can recommend it as I have it in my PC at the moment) i5-3570K (I also use this in my PC, it's a solid CPU with loads of power, but I have a sneaky suspicion his motherboard isn't the right chipset but someone who knows about this more can confirm that), GPU GTX 660, this is the Nvidia option I recommend, I don't know much about AMD graphics cards so dont ask me about them. This is just my opinion, feel free to correct me if need be.
  11. GusDaBus

    GusDaBus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your help, won't a cx600 be too big for an x51 case?
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    I just took the time to look up the Alienware X51. You are correct. The X51 is a mini-PC, though they are selling the X51 with upgrade potential. I can't personally tell you what that potential is.
    You should contact Dell for support. They know what will work in their machine better than we do. Here is a link for Dell support. -

    The Manual is available at this location. There might be helpful information in the manual.
  13. GusDaBus

    GusDaBus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay, do you think it might be worth just putting all the parts from the x51 in a new case?

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