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Upgrading my HTPC to support gaming instead of buying a new generation console.

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I have never been a fan of the playstation, and I will not forgive Microsoft for Xbox one, so I have decided to spend my money on upgrading my HTPC to support some console-level gaming.

I would like some advice on what minimum specifications the system should have in order to run smoothly on a 42" TV. Ideally I would like the system to outperform the new generation of consoles. The specifications for my HTPC are posted below. I would really appreciate some tips on which parts need to be replaced, suggestions for new parts and any general advice.

I guess the purpose of this thread is to get an overview of what parts I need, how much it is going to cost, and which route gives better value for money: upgrading my pc versus buying a ps4.

Edit: TV resolution: 1080p, budget: $750-1000$

Current specs:

CPU
AMD A4-5300

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-F2A85XM-HD3 AMD A85X

RAM
TeamGroup Elite 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz

PSU
Sharkoon SHA350M 350W Modular Power Supply Unit

Case
SILVERSTONE GD05B

CPU cooler
Scythe Kozuti

I assume I will need to replace everything apart from the case and the cooler in order to outperform a PS4 on games like Fifa, Dark Souls and Modern Warfare, correct?
Edited by 20salmon - 6/11/13 at 7:55am
post #2 of 47
You'll want to list the resolution of your TV instead of the size of your TV (i.e. 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p)

You could scrap everything, or upgrade from what you have - you might want to list if you're looking to spend the same amount as the Xbox One ($500), less, more, etc.

With a better CPU, dedicated GPU and SSD you should be a-ok thumb.gif
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Sorry, its a 1080p TV and I am willing to spend up to $1000
Edited by 20salmon - 6/11/13 at 9:23am
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No, upgrading from what you have is fine. You might want to get yourself a different PSU that can supply more power for more wiggle room in the future should you do SLI. Get an 80+ rated PSU from Seasonic, I have used these PSUs in builds for others before and they are still going strong.

If you want a nice, console-priced card, get the 7700 or 7950 from ATI or for Nvidia get the 650 ti or the 660 ti. From there on up the ladder every game that's out today with the exception of a few outliers can be maxed at 1080p or at least on a very high setting. If you wanna upgrade your fans or the CPU cooler go ahead, but as long as you don't place it in a dusty area and clean it, your current cooling solution will be perfect.

Are you playing with the XBOX/PS3 controller? How far away is the HTPC from you, and from the TV? If you have good speakers get a sound card.
post #5 of 47
Great idea, I would do the same if i were you. Have you thought about the A10-6800k route?
post #6 of 47
Heck, if he's going to be spending that much he should go and get a new mobo and go for the FX line. It comes out a little behind some of the i5 chips but for purely gaming it will be fine.
post #7 of 47
i would suggest this cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113333 with the stock cooler or something better than what you have, with this graphics card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150588R and this power supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012 and upgrade to 8gb of the ram of your choosing and pick yourself up a wireless controller from logitech or someone. should do you great for years to come
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If your goal is really to outperform the next gen consoles, as far as GPUs are concerned I would start at the 7870 XT.

The PS4's chip is more or less equivalent to a 7850 but of course with consoles' unparalleled optimization it will punch well above its weight so to speak. I also second the recommendation for an FX series CPU. A 6300 or 8320 would be a very solid investment and either should fit comfortably in your budget.
post #9 of 47
@ booty warrior: why not just get an fm2 A10 chip that will work with his current mobo, their plenty powerfull for maxing out any game on the market, im actually kinda mad for sinking a bunch of money in a 3570k instead of going amd
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Edit: mixed up names. I was referring to Bazinga as the suggester of the FX series CPUs, not Booty Warrior. rolleyes.gif
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