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swisscathal 05.10.2011 23:12

PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Hi

I have a PC about three years old with a 2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
4096 kilobyte secondary memory cache and 4 gb ram and a Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5N-D 1.XX
Bus Clock: 266 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD ASUS P5N-D ACPI BIOS Revision 0302 01/11/2008

. Its now painfully slow. Im thinking of upgrading the cpu to an intel i7

Intel Core i7 2600K BOX, 3.4GHz, LGA 1155, 4C/8T, unlocked

CHF 299.-

BX80623I72600K, 3.4 GHz (Max Turbo 3.8GHz), 4x256kB L2 Cache, 8MB L3 Cache, LGA1155, ATX, 32 nm, TDP 95 Watt, Grafikkern onboard (HD 3000



Will I need to update the board too? How easy is it to do this?

Will this solve my speed problems`? :) the PC has a lot of software installed and has 25gb of a 500gb hard disk free, Ive tried defragging and disk cleaners etc and nothing helps

Any advice is welcome!

Thanks

05.10.2011 23:20

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Do you need to have all the software running at once?

Stop most of your applications from auto startup and it will run faster.

Otherwise sell the box on Ricardo and buy a new one.

gourmet 05.10.2011 23:24

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
what OS are you running and what do you generally use it most for? It might be cheaper to get a new PC. Otherwise, is there any RAM slot left? check MB documentation and may be upgrade RAM to 8GB. More ram will help with speed etc.

rainer_d 05.10.2011 23:30

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http://www.asus.de/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5ND/
"Intel® Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Duo / Pentium® Extreme / Pentium® D / Pentium® 4 Processors "

i7? Not so.

Reformat, install Linux, re-install Windows or, as advised, sell it completely.
And buy a new one.
Looks like the 2nd cheapest i7 in Digitec's online shop is actually the latest MacMini...

Upthehatters2008 05.10.2011 23:31

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by swisscathal (Post 1366199)
Hi

I have a PC about three years old with a 2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
4096 kilobyte secondary memory cache and 4 gb ram and a Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5N-D 1.XX
Bus Clock: 266 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD ASUS P5N-D ACPI BIOS Revision 0302 01/11/2008

. Its now painfully slow. Im thinking of upgrading the cpu to an intel i7

Intel Core i7 2600K BOX, 3.4GHz, LGA 1155, 4C/8T, unlocked

CHF 299.-

BX80623I72600K, 3.4 GHz (Max Turbo 3.8GHz), 4x256kB L2 Cache, 8MB L3 Cache, LGA1155, ATX, 32 nm, TDP 95 Watt, Grafikkern onboard (HD 3000



Will I need to update the board too? How easy is it to do this?

Will this solve my speed problems`? :) the PC has a lot of software installed and has 25gb of a 500gb hard disk free, Ive tried defragging and disk cleaners etc and nothing helps

Any advice is welcome!

Thanks


Yes, the CPU pin out and Memory bus are different.
You will also have to replace your memory from DDR2 to DDR3

What is slow ? Startup, browsing, apps or games ?

swisscathal 06.10.2011 00:02

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Everything is slow :-( I use it mainly for gaming. I'm not running so many startup programs. Takes ages to start up, to start Internet, to start programs. Games crash. Looked at a high end gaming pc in digitec average price was 2kchf. Bit steep.

Upthehatters2008 06.10.2011 00:20

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by swisscathal (Post 1366219)
Everything is slow :-( I use it mainly for gaming. I'm not running so many startup programs. Takes ages to start up, to start Internet, to start programs. Games crash. Looked at a high end gaming pc in digitec average price was 2kchf. Bit steep.

Get the cheapest I7 /I5 motherboard that supports the I5-2500K , get an I5-2500K CPU and the cheapest 8GB of RAM you can afford. Get a GTX460 or better GPU. Plug all this into your existing case , PSU , etc. Get a decent CPU cooler. BIOS overlclock it to 3.4-3.8GHZ

700-1000CHF in total.

Re-install your OS.

You now have a fast games machine.

swisscathal 06.10.2011 00:23

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Upthehatters2008 (Post 1366223)
Get the cheapest I7 /I5 motherboard that supports the I5-2500K , get an I5-2500K CPU and the cheapest 8GB of RAM you can afford. Get a GTX460 or better GPU. Plug all this into your existing case , PSU , etc. Get a decent CPU cooler. BIOS overlclock it to 3.4-3.8GHZ

700-1000CHF in total.

Re-install your OS.

You now have a fast games machine.

Now were talkin! :-)

Phil_MCR 06.10.2011 00:37

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you will need a new board.

but the computer is probably slow due to all the crap and possibly malware loaded onto it. the quad core is still a reasonable processor and over-clockable. my recommendation would be to spend the money on a SSD and re-install windows onto that. the computer will fly afterwards.

J_T 06.10.2011 02:39

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
...if you want more than 4GB of RAM, you will also need to move to a 64-bit OS.

...if you are really a hard core gamer, the on chip graphics of the i7 may not be enough and you will need a gamer graphics card

Before I'd do a new system, I'd do a thorough clean up, clean out of the machine you've got, then do a thorough system analysis to see if the way your machine is set up is choking its speed.

swisscathal 06.10.2011 10:10

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by J_T (Post 1366245)
...if you want more than 4GB of RAM, you will also need to move to a 64-bit OS.

...if you are really a hard core gamer, the on chip graphics of the i7 may not be enough and you will need a gamer graphics card

Before I'd do a new system, I'd do a thorough clean up, clean out of the machine you've got, then do a thorough system analysis to see if the way your machine is set up is choking its speed.


Any recommendations on good cleanup software and analysis software? Im not that good with computers :)

Guest 06.10.2011 10:18

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
you could try reinstalling the OS first, might save you a bit of cash.

swisscathal 06.10.2011 10:20

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cran (Post 1366403)
you could try reinstalling the OS first, might save you a bit of cash.


Will I have to delete everything from the system then?

Upthehatters2008 06.10.2011 10:24

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by swisscathal (Post 1366392)
Any recommendations on good cleanup software and analysis software? Im not that good with computers :)

They are all rubbish and cause their own problems. (Reg cleaners etc) , disk defrag tools are overrated.

Save your pics,videos,docs etc to an external drive.
Re-install the OS, do not repair, delete the old partition and start afresh.
Put your Docs etc back in all the right places.

Install only what you need, use a free lightweight AV such as AVG Free , Use free anti-malware such as Spybot , reguarly remove crappy unused software.

Your biggest gain will be from going > 4GB RAM, using a 64bit OS, maybe switching to an SSD for apps that thrash your disk. If you play games, get a decent GPU, at least GT4nn or ATI57nn and above.

CPU's switch to lower frequencies when hot, slowing down the system, ensure your case fans are clean, the CPU fan is clean (If you can, redo the thermal grease on the CPU), and that you have good airflow through the case. Install a temp monitoring utility and check our temps against known good temps for your CPU etc.


PM me your budget, I will spec the system for you if you want to start from fresh.

Phil_MCR 06.10.2011 10:26

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Quote:

Originally Posted by swisscathal (Post 1366405)
Will I have to delete everything from the system then?

not if you buy an SSD and install onto that as per my suggestion above.

WelshBoyo 06.10.2011 10:34

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
I have exactly the same processor as you "Intel Core2 Quad Q6600". Mine was also a bit sluggish so I changed to use faster RAM and move from 4GB to 6GB - which made a small amount of noticeable difference.

I then upgraded to a OCZ SSD and reinstalled Windows 7 x64, and flipping heck, the PC now boots up in less than 30seconds (to main screen), and everything is instant. I would definitely recommend an SSD Hard Drive for the quickest and cheapest upgrade. Just make sure you buy a good make and a backup constantly as quite a few people seem to have ones that break (and they don't seem to warn you like normal spinning HD where you get bad sectors etc).

J_T 06.10.2011 11:18

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Swisscathal, if you really don't know much about computers, either get a new machine or get yourself a computer mentor such as Mr. Hatter. Otherwise you will go mad and maybe get in deeper than you are now.

swisscathal 06.10.2011 11:27

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cran (Post 1366403)
you could try reinstalling the OS first, might save you a bit of cash.

Quote:

Originally Posted by J_T (Post 1366503)
Swisscathal, if you really don't know much about computers, either get a new machine or get yourself a computer mentor such as Mr. Hatter. Otherwise you will go mad and maybe get in deeper than you are now.


True True, thanks for all the advice guys, looks like I have some research to do.

Upthehatters2008 06.10.2011 12:40

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
OK, to be upfront, I have received a PM with a budget figure.

That was CHF1000, given my experience with the brands below , and trying to maximise bang for buck whilst factoring in known reliability, I am suggesting the following component upgrades. My list comes to +-1100CHF

This assumes that the OP has an ATX case, with a non-suitable PSU, and already has a keyboard/mouse and screen
  • PSU be quiet! STRAIGHT POWER, E8 CM 680W 80plus Silver
  • 8GB MEMORY Corsair CMX8GX3M4A1600C9, 4x2GB, DDR3-1600, CL9@1.65V
  • CPU Intel Core i5 2500K BOX, 3.3GHz, LGA 1155, 4C/4T, unlocked
  • MBOARD Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3, Intel Z68 B3, LGA1155, CFX/SLI
  • GPU Gigabyte GTX-560 Ti OC 1GB GDDR5, PCI-E 2.0 x16, HDMI
  • RAM Corsair Vengeance, 2x4GB, DDR3-1600, CL9@1.5V
  • OS/BOOT drive OCZ SSD Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB, SATA-3, 2.5 Zoll
  • DATA DRIVE] Samsung HD103SJ, F3, 7200rpm, 32MB, 1TB, SATA-II

Now, it's all debatable, and some components are as good or as bad as the rest out there, but for 1100CHF , I can not get any more performance for a gaming machine.... These are all quality hand picked components. Some I use in my own servers / games rigs.

What I am sure of though, is that this rig will fly , and fly for some time to come.



What do you guys think ? For the same money , Digitec will supply the same spec , less the GPU (200CHF) and SSD (250CHF) and running off a paltry 380w PSU and using lower spec RAM

herc82 06.10.2011 12:47

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Sorry to butt in on this thread, but do you recon the above rig would be able to run BF3 at a satisfying level?

(just to get an idea if I can afford to get a new machine for some serious gaming time ... ;))

Upthehatters2008 06.10.2011 12:51

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by herc82 (Post 1366617)
Sorry to butt in on this thread, but do you recon the above rig would be able to run BF3 at a satisfying level?

(just to get an idea if I can afford to get a new machine for some serious gaming time ... ;))

It will run any game... That CPU with a GT560 is fast enough.

It's a beauty of a card at that price.

Here is the Guru 3D review

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti SOC (GV-N560SO-1GI) is a beautiful thing really. It is a nice to look at graphics card, it remains to be very silent, it's pre- (factory ) overclocked for you real high and that falls within warranty and next to that, it chunks out serious performance. At the current baseline clock frequencies this card is battling with cards like the Radeon HD 6950 and GeForce GTX 570 ... and that's surely not a bad position to be in for a card like this.

With that level of game rendering performance you can address any modern game up-to say a monitor resolution of 1920x1200 combined with 4x Antialiasing and 16x Anisotropic filtering. Power consumption isn't really an issue either, albeit higher due to the default factory overclock, we calculated that the product consumes roughly 195 Watt when it's stressed badly in a game. Mind you these are peak levels, the average power consumption will tell another story.

Noise wise you will not complain either as well, there just isn't any. So with that in mind we add features like 3D capability, CUDA and PhysX. Then overall you'll notice that the GTX 560 Ti series really offer a lot.

But sure performance wise you can't complain about anything here as all modern DX11 and lower games will play absolutely beautifully on the GeForce GTX 560 Ti SOC, and that's with decent image quality settings enabled at say 4xAA and 16xAF + very high in-game quality settings.

Phil_MCR 06.10.2011 12:53

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Upthehatters2008 (Post 1366611)
OK, to be upfront, I have received a PM with a budget figure.

That was CHF1000, given my experience with the brands below , and trying to maximise bang for buck whilst factoring in known reliability, I am suggesting the following component upgrades. My list comes to +-1100CHF

This assumes that the OP has an ATX case, with a non-suitable PSU, and already has a keyboard/mouse and screen
  • PSU be quiet! STRAIGHT POWER, E8 CM 680W 80plus Silver
  • 8GB MEMORY Corsair CMX8GX3M4A1600C9, 4x2GB, DDR3-1600, CL9@1.65V
  • CPU Intel Core i5 2500K BOX, 3.3GHz, LGA 1155, 4C/4T, unlocked
  • MBOARD Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3, Intel Z68 B3, LGA1155, CFX/SLI
  • GPU Gigabyte GTX-560 Ti OC 1GB GDDR5, PCI-E 2.0 x16, HDMI
  • RAM Corsair Vengeance, 2x4GB, DDR3-1600, CL9@1.5V
  • OS/BOOT drive OCZ SSD Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB, SATA-3, 2.5 Zoll
  • DATA DRIVE] Samsung HD103SJ, F3, 7200rpm, 32MB, 1TB, SATA-II

Now, it's all debatable, and some components are as good or as bad as the rest out there, but for 1100CHF , I can not get any more performance for a gaming machine.... These are all quality hand picked components. Some I use in my own servers / games rigs.

What I am sure of though, is that this rig will fly , and fly for some time to come.



What do you guys think ? For the same money , Digitec will supply the same spec , less the GPU (200CHF) and SSD (250CHF) and running off a paltry 380w PSU and using lower spec RAM

given that it is intended to be a gaming machine, i think replacing the CPU/mobo/ram is not the best approach.

instead the money should be spent on a new GFX card (major improvement in game performance), SSD (major improvement to general performance) and cooling to overclock the CPU (can reach 3GHz without issues) to use the CPU to full potential. games are typically GPU constrained, not CPU constrained so this approach will get maximum bang per buck.

J_T 06.10.2011 12:57

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Excellent, though I would prefer an Antec over the be quiet, only because I had one go belly up once upon a time.

I like the Crucial over the OCZ, though maybe there is a price difference. Inform him about TRIM.

...like your preference for Gigabyte too.

Upthehatters2008 06.10.2011 13:01

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Phil_MCR (Post 1366630)
given that it is intended to be a gaming machine, i think replacing the CPU/mobo/ram is not the best approach.

instead the money should be spent on a new GFX card (major improvement in game performance), SSD (major improvement to general performance) and cooling to overclock the CPU (can reach 3GHz without issues) to use the CPU to full potential. games are typically GPU constrained, not CPU constrained so this approach will get maximum bang per buck.

That current CPU will not feed the GPU fast enough. It is ageing.
My spec brings everything up to date and adds some degree of future proofing.
You are also forgetting that the Q6600 has the multiplier locked , it is not overclockable to the degree you say. I have one in the lad's PC.

SSD's improve boot times and load times, they do nothing for in game performance unless you are moving between levels and loading new stuff etc. For most gaming , the disk is not touched during play so an SSD is pointless.

Upthehatters2008 06.10.2011 13:05

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by J_T (Post 1366641)
Excellent, though I would prefer an Antec over the be quiet, only because I had one go belly up once upon a time.

I like the Crucial over the OCZ, though maybe there is a price difference. Inform him about TRIM.

...like your preference for Gigabyte too.

This uses the new SF-2281 controller, so no TRIM issues.
I could go up CHF10-20 on every component and get fractions better, but feel I have a good balance for the budget.

I have used Gigabyte all my PC life. It's solid dependable stuff, and with a matched GPU, OC'ing is easy and reliable

This specific "be Quiet" is getting good reviews, personally, with all my gear , I never go less than 90+ and 1500W ;)

herc82 06.10.2011 13:07

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Upthehatters2008 (Post 1366623)
It will run any game... That CPU with a GT560 is fast enough.

It's a beauty of a card at that price.

Ta muchly :)

Upthehatters2008 06.10.2011 13:10

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
To be honest, and to make it easy for the OP, try to agree overall or disagree overall with the bundle , I am sure we can debate all day on finer points such as gaining 1-2 FPS with that GPU , or a few Mhz here and there etc...

One 560 GPU compared to another or one SSD to it's competitor or Ram latency discussions are great, but we are going to confuse the hell out of the OP.

What would be good, is if you could pop off to your preferred online shop and see if you can get a better price than 1100CHF !!

J_T 06.10.2011 13:21

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
I'd call that a wrap, people can bicker over details for an eternity. Main thing is you have put together a reliable, robust, good performance system.

Only because I like to pick my stuff up, I buy from Heiniger, NetChange and Steg, but from all I read and hear from friends, Digitec is outstanding. Saving a few CHF from here or there may entail inconvenience or warranty issues.

swisscathal 06.10.2011 13:48

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Upthehatters2008 (Post 1366611)
OK, to be upfront, I have received a PM with a budget figure.

That was CHF1000, given my experience with the brands below , and trying to maximise bang for buck whilst factoring in known reliability, I am suggesting the following component upgrades. My list comes to +-1100CHF

This assumes that the OP has an ATX case, with a non-suitable PSU, and already has a keyboard/mouse and screen
  • PSU be quiet! STRAIGHT POWER, E8 CM 680W 80plus Silver
  • 8GB MEMORY Corsair CMX8GX3M4A1600C9, 4x2GB, DDR3-1600, CL9@1.65V
  • CPU Intel Core i5 2500K BOX, 3.3GHz, LGA 1155, 4C/4T, unlocked
  • MBOARD Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3, Intel Z68 B3, LGA1155, CFX/SLI
  • GPU Gigabyte GTX-560 Ti OC 1GB GDDR5, PCI-E 2.0 x16, HDMI
  • RAM Corsair Vengeance, 2x4GB, DDR3-1600, CL9@1.5V
  • OS/BOOT drive OCZ SSD Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB, SATA-3, 2.5 Zoll
  • DATA DRIVE] Samsung HD103SJ, F3, 7200rpm, 32MB, 1TB, SATA-II
Now, it's all debatable, and some components are as good or as bad as the rest out there, but for 1100CHF , I can not get any more performance for a gaming machine.... These are all quality hand picked components. Some I use in my own servers / games rigs.

What I am sure of though, is that this rig will fly , and fly for some time to come.



What do you guys think ? For the same money , Digitec will supply the same spec , less the GPU (200CHF) and SSD (250CHF) and running off a paltry 380w PSU and using lower spec RAM


Daddy likes! If I was to buy all this tech can you help me build it??

:)

J_T 06.10.2011 14:00

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by swisscathal (Post 1366740)
Daddy likes! If I was to buy all this tech can you help me build it??

:)

I'm too far away, but you will need a serviceable case, fans, cable ties 'n such. Maybe you can get an OEM Win 7 64-bit OS along with the above.

swisscathal 06.10.2011 14:04

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by J_T (Post 1366782)
I'm too far away, but you will need a serviceable case, fans, cable ties 'n such. Maybe you can get an OEM Win 7 64-bit OS along with the above.


ah ok. Thanks for all the tips then. I think I will need some help though, any takers?

Phil_MCR 06.10.2011 14:05

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
>That current CPU will not feed the GPU fast enough. It is ageing.

that's why i suggest overclocking the CPU.

>it is not overclockable to the degree you say.

typical overclock for that chip is 3.2ghz. max 3.6ghz. 3ghz is easily achieved by a competent geek. another (less attractive) other option is also to trade the quad core for a dual core with a higher clock-speed if you're not confident in overclocking.

>SSD's improve boot times and load times,

exactly why i said general performance. also level/map load times.

either way, overclock + spending 700chf on a gfx card and 300chf on an SSD will result in a better performing gaming machine that the rebuild from new method.

Phil_MCR 06.10.2011 14:08

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
another option is to ask the same question on: http://hardforum.com/

you'll probably get the most optimised spec if you can bear it ;)

Upthehatters2008 06.10.2011 14:55

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Your solution will simple run out steam next year, with the MB and CPU getting even older and failing prematurely due to overclocking, it's already 3 years old ffs, OC'ing it will kill it. I am trying to get a reliable , cost effective solution to the OP here, you seem to be dragging the argument towards overclocking , liquid cooling and overkill graphics cards, screaming fans and hot air blowing out of every hole. let's be realistic eh , the OP is no Geek or Nerd ?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Phil_MCR (Post 1366801)
exactly why i said general performance. also level/map load times.

You said nothing like that...

Upthehatters2008 06.10.2011 15:10

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Phil_MCR (Post 1366807)
another option is to ask the same question on: http://hardforum.com/

you'll probably get the most optimised spec if you can bear it ;)

I used a matched GPU with the MB, suggested / support RAM for the MB , recommended controller match for the SSD and MB OBSC and a boxed retail CPU, i.e. matched cooler.

Do you you think you can optimise better ?

J_T 06.10.2011 15:11

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
...*chuckle*...

...come to think of it, might suggest an Arctic Cooling Freezer HSF. Only CHF30, the OEM CPU fan is kinda loud. .

Upthehatters2008 06.10.2011 15:19

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by swisscathal (Post 1366795)
ah ok. Thanks for all the tips then. I think I will need some help though, any takers?

It's tempting , just as a hobby, but for the few francs I could charge , the risk of damaging components during the build or dealing with returns etc makes this a bit financially risky. If fully indemnified, and you supplied all the parts, dropping off your old system and picking up the new system, I would build it for you.

Russkov 06.10.2011 15:36

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Is it really worth going to all that trouble if the price is over 1100 CHF anyway? This computer can be had for as much:

http://www.toppreise.ch/prod_239393.html

The specs balance out to be about the same or better. The GT 530 is not as hard core gamer a card as the GTX-560, but it's not bad, and with 2 GB memory, I doubt you'll have trouble playing most games for years to come.

Just from a warranty stand-point (not having to worry about separate components), it's worth it. Digitec have 2 ready for pick-up in Zurich now.

Phil_MCR 06.10.2011 15:40

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Phil_MCR (Post 1366630)
instead the money should be spent on a new GFX card (major improvement in game performance), SSD (major improvement to general performance) and cooling to overclock the CPU (can reach 3GHz without issues) to use the CPU to full potential. games are typically GPU constrained, not CPU constrained so this approach will get maximum bang per buck.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Upthehatters2008 (Post 1366890)
You said nothing like that...

Quote:

Originally Posted by Phil_MCR (Post 1366801)
>
>SSD's improve boot times and load times,

exactly why i said general performance. also level/map load times.

see above.

sorry, my suggestion is simply better than yours. deal with it! :msntongue:

Upthehatters2008 06.10.2011 15:45

Re: PC CPU upgrade advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Russkov (Post 1366980)
Is it really worth going to all that trouble if the price is over 1100 CHF anyway? This computer can be had for as much:

http://www.toppreise.ch/prod_239393.html

The specs balance out to be about the same or better. The GT 530 is not as hard core gamer a card as the GTX-560, but it's not bad, and with 2 GB memory, I doubt you'll have trouble playing most games for years to come.

Just from a warranty stand-point (not having to worry about separate components), it's worth it. Digitec have 2 ready for pick-up in Zurich now.

The GT 530 is very weak. Check out the reviews. I would argue that it not really a card for a gaming rig. It's just a plain old OEM card. Gamers steer clear. I think the OP wants a good gaming card.

The unit above has no SSD :(

However it does have an OS and LCD screen (but maybe the OP already has that)


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