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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kelvinb, 20 Sep 2011.

  1. kelvinb

    kelvinb BF3 Username - D0rmarth

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    Hi All,

    After reading this forum for a while I thought this would be a right place to get a little expert help.

    I am looking for some advice in regards to my next upgrade. Please take a look at my specs below and let me know what you think. My personal thoughts were I would like to upgrade the ram from 4gb to at least 8 although to be honest I am unsure of what memory to buy and what would be compatible so any suggestions around this would be very much appreciated

    Case - NZXT Gamma
    CPU - AMD Black Edition Phenom II x4 965
    CPU Fan - Frost Artic Cooler
    Mobo = Asus M4N75TD AM3 nForce 750a
    Gpu - Gigabyte Geforce GTX 460 SOC (1GB GDDR5)
    Ram - AM3 XMS3 (2xGb) product code cmx4gx3m2a2000c9
    OS drive - Corsair 128Gb SSD
    Data Drive - 500Gb 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda Blue

    Thanks all for looking and any help you can give
     
  2. Skeese

    Skeese New Member

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    What do you, or will you use your PC for?
     
  3. modd1uk

    modd1uk Well-Known Member

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    Data drive : 1TB Samsung F3.
    Ram : Corsair 8GB
     
  4. kelvinb

    kelvinb BF3 Username - D0rmarth

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    Apologies,

    I many use the PC for gaming and also when I need to take work home but the main power of the PC would be needed for gaming.

    Modd1uk The PC is currently running at 4gb would you say this is the best bang for buck to increase this to 8gb, also would you stick to buying the same Ram type and make and just get another 2x2gb
     
  5. true_gamer

    true_gamer Well-Known Member

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    Best thing you can do is give us a budget to work on so we can give you the best bang per buck.
    Please include any extras like Monitor, keyboard etc.

    Cheers,

    Simon.
     
  6. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    For gaming the GPU is always going to be the key. What resolution are you playing and are you happy with the GTX 460?

    The next things I'd upgrade are SSD and 8 GB of memory.. Annnd at that I'd just go for a 8 GB kit rather than push my luck with 2*2 to go with the old ones. Memory problems can be such a bitch I wouldn't gamble it with the current DDR3-prices. (unless ofcourse you can find the exact same model somewhere)
     
  7. kelvinb

    kelvinb BF3 Username - D0rmarth

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    Thanks all for your comments so far, as I have a wedding to pay for next year my budget really is about £100 till the end of the year then about another £100 for upgrades at the start of next.

    Im happy with my GPU so i think ill look for some new RAM

    As far as the other things go mouse/keyboard etc I have all these but from what you guys are saying it looks like the next thing would be a ram upgrade.

    Anyone know of a good 8Gb kit for under £100 :) which is compatible

    As thanks so much for the help as a new forum member
     
  8. Cosmot

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    To my knowledge, the only machine out there with the nerfed 560M is the Best Buy version of the Asus G74SX (the -BBN7), which costs $1199. Other versions of the G74SX, such as the -XA1 available on Amazon.com, have the full-power 560M. No, the nerfed 560M is not as powerful as other 560Ms, but on the other hand, it still outperforms a 555M.

    Malibal, like Sager, resells Clevo-based laptops. The Lotus P151HM1 is nearly identical to the Sager NP8130. Sager/Malibal/etc have some die-hard fans on this website. Elsewhere on the interwebz, I've heard much more critical comments about Clevo-based machines. Personally, I have no first-hand experience to tip the scales either way.

    As for memory and processors, given your budget, do NOT get sucked into the "more is better" mentality. That's fine when you're dropping $2000+ on a high-end machine, but for your price, worry about GPU and screen quality.

    For memory, 4-6 GB should be adequate. I've seen some testing showing that going above 6 GB had no effect whatsoever on how modern games perform, but now I can't remember where I saw it. And if you change your mind a year down the line, it's easy to upgrade later with just about any quasi-gaming machine. Indeed, it's generally cheaper to upgrade RAM yourself instead of buying more when you buy the laptop.
     
  9. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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    Cosmot why are you talking about laptops?
     
  10. true_gamer

    true_gamer Well-Known Member

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    Lol, Doesn't Crysis 2 require you to have at least 8GB of memory to run the game with DX11 and the texture pak?
     

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