Upgrading my system need suggestions and ideas

By Shankspec ยท 6 replies
Sep 16, 2011
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  1. Hey guys, thanks in advance for you all your help. Long and the short of it is I bought a new (not state of the art) gaming rig about 8 months ago and have been very happy with it. However with SW:ToR and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim right around the corner I feel it might be helpful to beef it up a little and am looking for suggestions as to how best to do this for the best price.

    I can provide my system information either threw a speccy snapshot If needed.

    CPU Arch : 1 CPU - 6 Cores - 6 Threads
    CPU PSN : AMD Phenom II X6 1045T Processor
    CPU EXT : MMX(+), 3DNow!(+), SSE (1, 2, 3, 4A), x86-64, AMD-V
    CPUID : F.A.0 / Extended : 10.A
    CPU Cache : L1 : 6 x 64 / 6 x 64 KB - L2 : 6 x 512 KB
    CPU Cache : L3 : 6144 KB
    Core : Thuban (45 nm) / Stepping : PH-E0
    Freq : 2712.22 MHz (200.9 * 13.5)
    MB Brand : Asus
    MB Model : CG1330
    NB : AMD 780G rev 00
    SB : AMD SB700 rev 00
    GPU1 Type : AMD 760G
    GPU2 Type : ASUS EAH5450 Series
    DirectX Version : 11.0
    RAM : 8192 MB DDR3 Dual Channel
    RAM Speed : 669.7 MHz (3:10) @ 9-9-9-24
    Slot 1 : 2048MB (10700)
    Slot 1 Manufacturer : ASint Technology
    Slot 2 : 2048MB (10700)
    Slot 2 Manufacturer : ASint Technology
    Slot 3 : 2048MB (10700)
    Slot 3 Manufacturer : ASint Technology
    Slot 4 : 2048MB (10700)
    Slot 4 Manufacturer : ASint Technology
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  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    The only thing I see that you would want to do is upgrading your video card. What is your budget?
  3. Shankspec

    Shankspec TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Prob about 250-300 for a video card if thats the only thing worth replacing.
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    You have a very good gaming system. You are loaded with RAM and the cpu will serve you well. The only thing you need to beef up is your video card.

    Take a look at the AMD/ATI 6950 or 6850 or the Nvidia GTX 460. Really, that is all you need to do for an upgrade.

    What is the make and model of your power supply? How much power does it say it supplies? The reason I ask is because you might need to upgrade that as well.
  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    The Radeon HD 6950 will be an excellent choice at around $250.

    Also the XFX Radeon HD 6970 is available at $319.99 after rebate on newegg.

    Personally, I would pick up a 6950 now and depending on the resolution at which you game, pick up a second for CF in the near future.
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Hey Rit, I agree on the 6950. The reason I asked him about what power supply he has and the amount of power it generates is because when I looked up his system online I noted that some models have nothing more than 300 watts!

    He may need to take the $300 and somewhat split it between a good power supply and the GTX 460 which would still be way ahead of what he has now and should handle Skyrim without issue.
  7. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

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