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If you haven't overclocked the i5 yet... that would be a fantastic free upgrade! That's a great processor.

The 960 is pretty good but a 970 is ideal for 1080p. The farcry games are very gpu intensive, with a 960 you'll probably have to make some compromises, lower quality settings or slower framerates. With a 970 you'll probably be able to max it out and play at solid 60 fps. The gpu is the most significant part of a gaming rig. That's what you want to absolutely max out on.

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There is nothing wrong with your i5 2500k. I would not upgrade it right now. That money is better spent on SSD, GPU and you might get a bit better performance upgrading your 6gb to at least 8, if not 16 to avoid memory swapping when you're using memory intensive applications.

If you upgrade your CPU/Memory/Motherboard, your games won't be much faster and you'll still have the slow HDD.

SSD or GPU first, then think about upgrading main memory.

If you're on the stock fan, get a SSD and GPU and CPU cooler and OC your 2500k to 4+ Ghz and you'll be fine for a couple more years.thumb.gif
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post #13 of 81
2500k is still very good and not slow.
Pick up a Crucial MX200 512GB SSD. That way you have plenty of room for OS, software and games.
Replace your 6gb ram with 2x8gb.

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Thanks a lot guys. You are all very helpful.

There is progress smile.gif

1) CPU and MB will remain the same
2) Will buy a SSD
3) Probably a new GPU (GTX 960)

Few things:

A 256 GB SSD is costing $90-$100 here. So I can't go beyond that capacity. I have heard of Scandisk, Samsung and Corsair. But never heard of Crucial. Crucial BX100 250GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - CT250BX100SSD1 is available at $92. Should I go for that?

GTX 970 is beyond me as the cost here is $390 or higher.

If you're running 6GB then you probably aren't in dual channel, so you might should spend a bit on some new memory as well. What does this mean? So 8 GB ram means I will be in dual channel thus better performance.
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If you're running 6GB then you probably aren't in dual channel, so you might should spend a bit on some new memory as well. What does this mean? So 8 GB ram means I will be in dual channel thus better performance.

 

Basically, your mainboard is able to do 2 things at a time from the RAM. To take advantage of that feature, you need to have either 2 or 4 RAM sticks in matching capacity. That means if you have 3 2GB sticks now, getting a fourth 2GB stick would put you into dual-channel mode, which does improve performance. If you're running a 2GB and a 4GB, then you'll need to match what you have already. You can read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-channel_memory_architecture

 

RAM is incredibly cheap right now, so even a large upgrade to 16GB, either with 4x4GB or 2x8GB, would be relatively inexpensive.

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Thanks a lot guys. You are all very helpful.

There is progress smile.gif

1) CPU and MB will remain the same
2) Will buy a SSD
3) Probably a new GPU (GTX 960)

Few things:

A 256 GB SSD is costing $90-$100 here. So I can't go beyond that capacity. I have heard of Scandisk, Samsung and Corsair. But never heard of Crucial. Crucial BX100 250GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - CT250BX100SSD1 is available at $92. Should I go for that?

GTX 970 is beyond me as the cost here is $390 or higher.

If you're running 6GB then you probably aren't in dual channel, so you might should spend a bit on some new memory as well. What does this mean? So 8 GB ram means I will be in dual channel thus better performance.

I think BX100 is a good deal thumb.gif

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Crucial/BX100_250_GB/15.html
With a current retail price of $100 for the tested 250 GB variant, the BX100 is the cheapest high-end drive on the market as it actually claims the number one spot of our performance-per-dollar and price-per-gigabyte charts.
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gtx 960 & 256 or 500gb samsung ssd. thumb.gif

Dont waste money on 960 since 380 is cheaper and faster
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Here cost of 960 since 380 is the same. GTX 970 is beyond me so will stick to 960.

smile.gif Thanks a lot again...
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380 still faster than 960 even if same cost.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2980028/components-graphics/amd-radeon-r9-380-review-the-best-200-graphics-card-you-can-buy-for-1080p-gaming.html?page=2

Real world users +19% faster 380 over 960
http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-960-vs-AMD-R9-380/3165vs3482

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld8y71iJkhE
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