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post #1 of 8
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Hello,

I'm currently looking into upgrading my desktop that I've had for a few years. I don't play much games on my PC but I would like to start having more options. I recently started playing SC2 and if I play on high settings my GPU will spike to 110 'C degrees and shut off to prevent damage. The specs that are in my PC are the following;

Gateway DX4830
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Model Gateway DX4830
Processor Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.67 GHz
1 processor, 4 cores
GPU Radeon HD 4650 1GB
Processor ID GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
L1 Instruction Cache 256 KB
L1 Data Cache 256 KB
L2 Cache 1024 KB
L3 Cache 0 KB
Motherboard Gateway FMP55
BIOS American Megatrends Inc. P01-A4
Memory 8183 MB 1333 MHz

I don't have much money to spend so I'm looking into some of the cheapest options to start off. I've been told before I upgrade the power supply and GPU I would be better of replacing the motherboard and CPU first. What would be the best option to replace my motherboard with and could I leave my CPU to be the last thing to upgrade? Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Sincerely,
post #2 of 8
Check to see if the fan and fins on you GPU heat sink are plugged, worst case you may just need to upgrade your GPU to a new one which would probably require a new power supply, I would not change the board unless you change to a different style CPU
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Edited by Wats0n420 - 8/23/13 at 12:52pm
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Thanks for your quick reply! I've had this problem before where I cleaned out the fan and heat sink. I couldnt play SC2 at all when I first got it but after cleaning it I could play it on normal. I'm just trying to get a better performance out of my PC without investing a lot of money right now. It makes sense to hold off on motherboard until I replace the CPU. I've been looking at a few GPUS and power supplies, would you happen to have any suggestions and would by CPU bottleneck my GPU?

-Diamond AMD Radeon HD 7750GHz PCI-E 1GB GDDR5 Video Card
-Asus AMD Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E Video Card (HD7750-T-1GD5)
-ASUS GeForce GTX 650 1GB DDR5 PCI-E Video Card (GTX650-E-1GD5)
-GIGABYTE NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 1GB DDR5 PCI-E Video Card (GV-N650OC-1GI)
-ASUS Radeon 7770 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E Video Card

Power Supplies
-Apevia 650W Computer Power Supply
-Coolmax 600 Watt Power Supply (VL-600B)
-Corsair CX Series 500W Power Supply

I honestly couldn't tell you if they are compatible with my motherboard or the power supplies so there will be some patience needed lol. I appreciate your help again. Thanks,
post #5 of 8
You have a pci-e x16 so a new video card should plug rite in. Those power supplies should plug rite in but worst case you may need a Sata adapter or something for a few $ but I doubt it. I have used the Corsair CX 500 before and it was a good power supply for me. And any of those cards would be a nice upgrade and work with your system. With the cards you are looking at that 500W would be plenty. I would recommend staying away from coolmax. There are tons of power supply recommendations but I try to stick with Corsair and Antec. a cheap power supply can cause you big troubles.
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Perfect, I'll probably go with the Corsair just to play it safe. Last and final question, will any of the video cards that I get be able to run close to full potential with the CPU I have. I figured it wouldn't be running at top speed but as long as I would see a big difference in performance I would be fine. Thanks,
post #7 of 8
You should be pretty well matched CPU for GPU with those cards, I don't think that CPU will hold them back. And a quick Google search seem to agree that you should be fine.

Good luck and hope it works out well thumb.gif
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The AMD 4000 series cards were quite power hungry. I haven't looked into it at all, but new-gen cards might actually need less power and therefore not need an upgrade to the PSU.
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