Upgrading (or replacing) my old PC
Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:53 PM
CPU: Intel core2 quad q8400 @2.66 ghz
RAM: 2gb ddr2 RAM
MOBO: Gigabyte D41M-COMBO
GPU: Ge Force 9400GT
aaaaand. i dunno about the others. it was prebuilt except for the GPU.
so i am planning to upgrade my PC part by part cuz i don't really have the money right now and i have like 10-20 plus fps. 30 when lucky on medium with no reflections and with FXAA.
what should i go for first? or a saving up for a couple of months for a new PC would be more worth it.
Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:07 PM
2 Questions: What is your budget? & What resolution is your Monitor?
Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:09 AM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:57 PM
You might also need to upgrade your power supply if it's low power.
You may be able to keep your hard drive and optical drive if they are SATA. It's hard to find a new motherboard with an IDE port for older drives.
You may be able to re-use the case if it's not some proprietary design.
What's the make and model of the computer?
Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:39 PM
* USA I presume?
Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:02 AM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:15 PM
This will definitely be a whole new system eventually, but if you need to replace it piece-by-piece over time due to budget constraints, I'd recommend starting with a new video card (and power supply if necessary). Your CPU is also very old and extremely limiting in GW2, but I think your 9400 GT is a larger issue because its probably the larger cause of your constant, non-situational poor performance.
What you upgrade it to depends on whether you think you may buy a new monitor or not. At 1366x768, I'd go with a Radeon HD 7750; no point in spending more. If you end up with a 1080p monitor, you're going to want at least an HD 7770, 7850 or GTX 660 but those are overkill otherwise.
Edited by typographie, 22 January 2013 - 04:19 PM.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:49 AM
The problem is that the prices of computer parts in almost all parts of the world are much more expensive when compared to the USA. So that wouldn't really help you too much.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:04 AM
i know. but i consider that in my computation. the max that i can spend is depending on my grades (yeah, I'm a student).
Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:54 PM
Do you need to include Windows in the system cost or is that taken care of?
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