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Old 20-06-10, 04:08 PM
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Gaming rig needs an upgrade. But what to spend the £120/$160 on?

Hi all,

In advance, genuine thanks to any rig owners who can spare some basic knowledge to help me out.

I'm about to throw around £120/$160USD at my rig, which I purchased secondhand 6 months ago.

My objective is FPShooter games on higher settings, retaining around 60fpsecond.

As this is my first rig, and I'm a relative beginner, I'm not clear on what components I should now replace / add to the mix.

What should I spend my hard earned money on next, guys?

Here's what I've got:

E8400 CORE2DUO PROCESSOR 3ghz 6 MB

Video Card: ATI Radeon HD '4870 X2'

MOBO: Asus P5K Premium wifi ap

- DMA/ATA 133 (Ultra) x 1, DMA/ATA 66 (Ultra) x 1, Socket LGA775, ATX, Intel P35 Chipset

Sound card: Creative SB X-Fi ExtremeGamer

Memory: 6GB

(2x2G Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2

+(2x1G Geil Black Dragon 2GB 2x 1GB 800Mhz Dual Channel DDR2

Hard drive: 750GB Samsung HD753LJ

Operating System Version: Windows 7 (64 bit)

If you can advise, I pledge in return to think that you are most excellent.

Thanks.

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Old 20-06-10, 04:13 PM
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Tbh fella all you really can do on that budget is buy a decent air cooler and clock the cpu a little. you dont have enough money to make any big hardware changes and tbh what your have with a bit of clocking would do you well.
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Old 20-06-10, 05:06 PM
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If you want to see a significant speed increase with that sort of a budget I would get an SSD.

Intel do a great one in their value range for about £90. It's 40gb so more than enough to store Win7 providing you know how to cut the fat off the bone a bit (disable hibernate and restore etc).

And then get a Titan Fenrir cooler as Tom says and do some overclocking. The E8400 has masses of headroom if partnered with a good cooler.

Should come in around the £120 mark plus some shipping but the SSD will transform your PC into a totally different animal.
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Old 20-06-10, 05:42 PM
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yer a decent CPU cooler on that budget get something like a prolwmtech megahalms and some noctua fans,orr a noctua heatsink i can remember the name
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Old 20-06-10, 07:44 PM
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Unless you are willing to sell the component that you wish to replace, I don't think £120 will get you far other than what the people above have said.
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Old 20-06-10, 07:54 PM
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SSD make no difference to frame rates in games, just makes everything snappy. His best best really is a Noctua NH-D14 and a decent overclock, benefits all round that way.
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Old 20-06-10, 08:19 PM
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SSD make no difference to frame rates in games, just makes everything snappy. His best best really is a Noctua NH-D14 and a decent overclock, benefits all round that way.
Of course. £120 (aside from a decent cooler) won't get you much of anything these days. An SSD will make a difference though. Maybe not in games but tbh he has more than enough for that.
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Old 20-06-10, 08:23 PM
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how much more FPS would a 4ghz+ dual core produce
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Old 20-06-10, 08:44 PM
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Hows longs a bit of string dude. Its not that simple is it.
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but overclocking the GPU is? as in most reviews there is a percentage of overclock and FPS gain
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