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Upgrading System

killabyte Avatar
5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
hey guys, i need some IT experts to help me out.

Basically i want to upgrade my PC into a gaming PC. i believe my current system can be upgraded. i'll get the spec and post it up.

all i want to do is buy the following things:

1. Gaming keyboard (has to have a volume button on the keyboard, preferably top right of the keyboard)
2. Gaming Mouse
3. Gaming graphics card
4. HD Monitor

I've got £300 to spend so can any make me any recommendations on what to get?
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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
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#1
We will need to no the conponents you already have and spec
banned#2
take it you have a decent soundcard / 5.1 speaker system already then
#3
Motherboard Model: DQ45CB
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66
4GB RAM
Available Memory Slots: 2
Total Memory Slots: 4
500GB HDD x 2

Currently have a standard graphics and sound card
1 Like #4
The Core 2 Quad 2.66 will be OK for lower resolution gaming but ideally needs to be overclocked.

On the basis of the CPU, you shouldn't be looking to spend more than about £100 on a graphics card as the CPU wouldn't be able to keep up. Go for a 768Mb Nvidia 460 for around the £100 mark.

Look at a Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Jeyboard and X3 mouse from Amazon, £29 and £23 respectively.

You need to look at your PSU to see if it will take the graphics card - a minimum 450W is required.

As for monitor, consider this one: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-b2330h-23-inch-widescreen-l/829793
at £135.

Edited By: Lowtrawler on Dec 18, 2010 11:13
banned#5
dont forget a soundcard. onboard is crap usually
#6
csiman
dont forget a soundcard. onboard is crap usually

Maybe 4 years ago but most onboard soundcards are more than good enough for gaming now.
#8
only information i can find on the sound card is;

SoundMAX HD Audio
#9
killabyte
only information i can find on the sound card is;SoundMAX HD Audio

It's a few years old now but perfectly OK for gaming.
#10
need to buy new psu also, current is 350w

what watts do u guys recommend?

Edited By: killabyte on Dec 18, 2010 12:02: x
#11
1. Microsoft Sidewinder X4
2. Microsoft Habu - Razer Deathadder
3. ATi 5850 or as LT said, GTX 460
4. Samsung PVA Panel or Dell E-IPS Panel

Slightly over your budget altogether though. Graphics cards should start dropping in price soon though as newer gen cards are being released currently.
#12
#13
yes you could use that provided there is enough space in your case and you would probably need a 550-600w psu,
killabyte
#14
Would be bothered with sound straight off.

Gaming wise graphics would be my first stop.

I like my Zboard though it's not used for gaming atm.

Pretty decent mouse for a starter.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/razer-lachesis-gaming-mouse-under-3/828606
#16
killabyte

That's a great card at a great price. If you are updating your PSU to something suitable and your case takes it, why not? I think if you go for that card, your CPU will prove to be a bottleneck but that would depend on how far you overclock.

In terms of PSU, you need to spend £45 - £75 getting a suitable quality PSU. Look at Corsair, Coolermaster or other good brands.
#17
Lowtrawler
killabyte


That's a great card at a great price. If you are updating your PSU to something suitable and your case takes it, why not? I think if you go for that card, your CPU will prove to be a bottleneck but that would depend on how far you overclock.

In terms of PSU, you need to spend £45 - £75 getting a suitable quality PSU. Look at Corsair, Coolermaster or other good brands.


i'm not a very technical person, i do know how to upgrade systems but overlocking never done. seems like a complicated process. anyway are u saying that if i get that particular graphics card then my CPU will always be at the top of its limit? if thats the case then i better look for something not as good.

Edited By: killabyte on Dec 18, 2010 12:31: x
#18
When playing games, the key component is the graphics card. However, modern graphics cards can be more powerful than even modern CPU's. As a result, instead of the graphic card limiting the frame rate in games,it becomes the CPU. For the sake of an extra £25, if you can afford it, go for it.

Overclocking is no longer a difficult process depending on your motherboard (certain manufacturers such as Dell lock down their motherboards). Usually it is a simple tweak to the BIOS setting.
#19
Lowtrawler
When playing games, the key component is the graphics card. However, modern graphics cards can be more powerful than even modern CPU's. As a result, instead of the graphic card limiting the frame rate in games,it becomes the CPU. For the sake of an extra £25, if you can afford it, go for it.

Overclocking is no longer a difficult process depending on your motherboard (certain manufacturers such as Dell lock down their motherboards). Usually it is a simple tweak to the BIOS setting.


cheers mate...just need to double check if the graphics card will definitely work on my motherboard. (_;)

now to find a decent PSU

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