Upgrade My PC Please! Episode 5: Dem Tings Wit Graphics

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Welcome to Episode 5 of Upgrade My PC Please!

Last week we had five PCs based on the dated AMD FX-6300 processor and you voted (by a landslide) Gabriel’s ‘Deathstar’ the most worthy of receiving the proposed upgrades. Gabriel is our first winner from the United States and so coming his way is a brand new Ryzen 5 1400 CPU, Gigabyte B350 motherboard, 8GB of DDR4 memory and a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card.

Congratulations to Gabriel and to the four runners-up who will be receiving a Rainbow Six Siege game code from Ubisoft. Big thanks again to Ubisoft for supporting the series and providing our contestants with free games. Once installed we’ll have Gabriel send us some updated photos of the refurbished rig and we’ll show those off to you as a special feature at the start of next season.

To all readers and viewers of UMPP, even if you haven't submitted your system, don’t forget to vote every week as that will place you in the running to win additional prizes and that will be a global giveaway. Last week user "JKWilli" won a Ryzen 5 1500X processor.

This week we have another very cool prize, but for now we have five APU-riddled PCs all in need of various upgrades, so let’s check them out…

  • Nimer ‘Darwin’ from the United States
  • Vince ‘PotatoSama’ from the United States
  • Liam ‘The Jigsaw Puzzle’ from the UK
  • Andrew ‘Anduu’ from Canada
  • Harris ‘Civil Ironhide Revised’ from Australia

There you have, 5 stuttery AMD APUs all in need of upgrades. It’s your job to let us know which one you think is the most deserving of receiving our proposed upgrade package. To cast your vote please go to our forum poll.

And now, the readers' prize from last week's episode goes to Tiagoperes! Congratulations mate, you have an awesome Ryzen 5 1500X processor coming your way. Big thanks to AMD for providing this prize. Remember to vote and comment every week as we have more awesome prizes for our readers to take home.

By signing up for the forums, commenting and voting you go in the running to win cool prizes, and again, that part of the series is a global giveaway. Voting is open until Friday.

Upgrade my PC Please! Season 1 will continue with weekly episodes every Tuesday. So watch, vote, comment, spread the word, and repeat!

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Those amd APUs suck for gaming. So, I think Vince PotatoSama really need an upgrade. He hardly playing games on good quality on that on apu only. It's really painful. Hope for the best
Gonna go with PotatoSama this time around! Playing games on an APUs iGPU is painful. Been there, done that. Still doing that, sometimes... :p
Seriously though, give that man an upgrade!
Vince's PotatoSama is worthy of an upgrade.My man wants to game but without even a dedicated GPU I don't think so.With the new processor and GPU he would be able to enjoy beautiful AAA titles with buttery smooth framerates.
Gonna go with PotatoSama this time around! Playing games on an APUs iGPU is painful. Been there, done that. Still doing that, sometimes... :p
Seriously though, give that man an upgrade!
That hurt to watch actually. Going to hug my 1070 when I reach home.
PotatoSama gets my vote as well.
PotatoSama Gets my Vote. It's a shame that AMD's APU Lineup is just so awful at this point. There's a lot of potential, but AMD seems to be missing the mark by miles with it.

Sama's Upgrades are fairly reasonable, but I'm surprised to see a suggestion for the R3 1200 and GTX 1060 3GB. IMO, I think the R5 1400 or 1500X with a GTX 1050 Ti would've been a better choice, due to the 1050 Ti having more VRAM and having SMT on the Ryzen Cores. Nevertheless, I know OCing the R3 CPUs can get you close to R5 Performance, so I may be wrong to suggest that.

Good luck to Everyone, and may the bes- I mean, worst build win.
Vince is getting my vote with no graphics card it must be painful trying game good luck to Vince and the other contestants
I hope Liam wins this upgrade package ... he deserve some quality time with his PC after all the trouble
Vince wish you good luck. You have my vote :) Gaming (or trying to game) on this PC must be really pain in the ...