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Hey guys, I'm considering on upgrading my computer some time during this summer in order to get up to date with some modern gaming with my friends. Namely Shogun 2 (and its expy FOTS) but my current PC is so SHAMEFUR is not even funny. So I've been asking around the net to get some opinions on what I should do.

My budget is limited due to my previous months expenditures on anime figurines and Blu Rays. Not to mention future budgeting for PSP VITA, P4 Arena & Golden, and ofc more anime. Ideally, somewhere around 300 USD (originally wanted to include the games in the budget but right now....)

Possible Upgrades:
Option 1 – GFX Card only (ATI HD 7750 )– approx 109.99 USD (AMD suggested min. PSU reqs. 400W, 20Amps on 12V)

Keep Current Generic PSU (I have a Cyberpower PC ), which is a 500 W (Peak vs Continuous? unsure which), w. 12V rails [12v1 : 21Amps] [12v2 :17Amps]

Cons: Forseeable risks, PSU blowing up and frying all my parts including new GPU.

Option 2 – GFX Card and PSU (ATI HD 7750) – approx 109.99 USD (suggested min. PSU reqs. 400W, 20A on 12V) – limited use at higher resolutions
PSU Option – 450w-500W only (Brand OCZ or Corsair) limited upgrade/reuse capacity 40-50 USD

Cons: Useless parts for any newer upgrades.

Option 3 - GFX Card (HD 6870) and PSU More Powerful GFX Card 120-180 USD
PSU – 600/650 W Option 60-80USD (currently looking at OCZ ModXstream 600W vs Corsair CX600)

Cons: Price

Possible Bottlenecks
CPU: Athlon II x2 255 3.1 Ghz
Micro ATX Mobo (so would phenom hsf and 6870 fit on board w/o blocking ports or components?)
Monitor: Max Resolution 1280x1024


Option 4

Replace CPU with Phenom and get aftermarket HSF. 95-120 (ideally the 955, but its not in stock)
Replace PSU with one from Option 3
Get a HD 6870 (XFX)
Edited by mstrchef117 - 4/17/12 at 11:39am
post #2 of 5
There are much better options than a 7750 at $109. Heck there was just a deal recently to get a GTX465 for $105 off newegg. If I were you I'd look for a good price on a 460, as its easily 25% faster than the 7750. Then see how it performs, and determine if the bottleneck from your CPU is enough to warrant an upgrade.
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Crucial M4SSD2 SATA III (128GB) Windows 10 Pro x64 Viewsonic XG2703-GS & Dell 24' 07WFPHC CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid, MX Red 
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Thread Starter 
I see. Would you recommend a 6850 vs a 460?



What about my PSU choices? Since I've heard the the CX is overrated but the OCZ brand is a bit sketchy. Which should I choose?
post #4 of 5
A 6850 is about the same speed as a 460, maybe a little faster. I'd get the 460 either way. And I would get the ModXStream because its modular.
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Crucial M4SSD2 SATA III (128GB) Windows 10 Pro x64 Viewsonic XG2703-GS & Dell 24' 07WFPHC CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid, MX Red 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Crucial M4SSD2 SATA III (128GB) Windows 10 Pro x64 Viewsonic XG2703-GS & Dell 24' 07WFPHC CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid, MX Red 
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buy 7750 OC+1
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