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Time for a new PC

ValuaValua Member Posts: 520

I'm uneducated when it comes to PC parts and whatnot.

 

Normally I will just buy a refurbished PC from PCworld that has better specs than mine.

 

Right now mine struggles playing Rift or The Old Republic, so a new computer is in order.

 

But I want to try something new this time. I want to try and buy something that meets my requirements, or more closely than a refurbished PC would.

 

My budget is up to £400, I know this isn't much, but I'm not expecting a top of the range gaming PC.

 

I want to be able to play newly released games (Skyrim, The Old Republic, Secret World, Guild Wars 2, Witcher 2, Mass Effect 3 etc) without much trouble, I don't mind if I can't play at max settings as long as it's not lowest.

 

Also, I would like it to be useable for at least the next two years (or longer if I can upgrade it along the way, all the better.)

 

Can someone please link me some PC's within my price bracket, or parts that I can buy to create my own PC within the price bracket? I seriously don't know where to begin.

 

Thanks in advance, Any help would be appreciated!!

 

 

Comments

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 21,459

    A new computer for £400 is awfully tight.  Do you have any parts from the old computer that are salvageable?  How about if you just list all the parts you have, and we can see if anything is reusable.

    Also, how often do you tend to replace the old computer?  If you're paying £400 every other year, you'd be better off buying an £800 computer and keeping it for four years.

  • ValuaValua Member Posts: 520

    Originally posted by Quizzical

    A new computer for £400 is awfully tight.  Do you have any parts from the old computer that are salvageable?  How about if you just list all the parts you have, and we can see if anything is reusable.

    Also, how often do you tend to replace the old computer?  If you're paying £400 every other year, you'd be better off buying an £800 computer and keeping it for four years.

     

    Thanks for the reply!

     

    Purching an £800 computer would be ideal, but I can't seem to save that much, I'm crap with saving money, £400 is amazing for someone like me to have saved ha :P

     

    My current PC I've had for around four years, but I've upgraded it a little bit along the way.

     

    Below are my current specs -

     

    Operating System - Vista 32bit

    Processor - Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2220 @ 2.40ghz (2 CPUs) ~2.4GHz

    Memory - 3326MB

    Hard Drive - 250GB

    Graphics Card - ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series, 400MHz, 2442MB

    System Manufacturer / Model (don't know if this is needed?) - Gigabyte Technology, GA-73PVM-S2

    It's also got 2 2GB DDR Memory sticks (I think that's what they are called?)

     

    Anything I can keep? 

     

    I don't mind making my own computer or buying one already built, whatever is best value for my money hopefully! :D

     

     

     

     

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 21,459

    Originally posted by Valua

    Graphics Card - ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series, 400MHz, 2442MB

    If it's a 5700 series card, you could keep it, but that's not 400 MHz anything, and there has never been a 2442 MB video card.  So find out what you have.

    What power supply do you have, and what case?

    You don't mention an optical drive, but you could probably keep whichever one you have.

  • ValuaValua Member Posts: 520

    Originally posted by Quizzical

    If it's a 5700 series card, you could keep it, but that's not 400 MHz anything, and there has never been a 2442 MB video card.  So find out what you have.

    What power supply do you have, and what case?

    You don't mention an optical drive, but you could probably keep whichever one you have.

     

    Ah, I'm not sure about the graphics card then, it says 2442MB in the DXDIAG thing, but I'm sure it was 2GB. I only bought it a few months ago. 

     

    My power supply is 220VOL and 50hz. And I think my disc drive is just an average one, I might upgrade to bluray later.

     

    Do 2 graphics cards boost performance much? If so, then I could keep the one I have now and buy a new one too?

     

    I get too easily confused when it comes to this stuff.

     

    Thanks for the help so far though! :D

  • RidelynnRidelynn Member EpicPosts: 6,913

    You found some specs on your power supply, but unfortunately, all power supplies in your country are like that (220VAC, 50Hz). You need to find a make and model, manufacturer and part number, something like that.

    Two graphics cards do work (called CrossfireX for AMD) - but it's not worth the hassle in general. With a proper computer, I think either of the 5700 series video cards is fairly capable - in fact, they are still in production today (renamed the 6750 and 6770).

    You probably don't need to upgrade your disc drive unless you just want to watch Blu-Ray movies on your PC. No software really needs a Blu-Ray drive, and increasingly, software doesn't really need a disc drive at all.

    If you post or link to a copy of your DXDIAG we can see your video card info from that and probably tell.

  • ValuaValua Member Posts: 520

    Originally posted by Ridelynn

    If you post or link to a copy of your DXDIAG we can see your video card info from that and probably tell.

     


     


    I don't know if there is another way to do this, but I just copied all the Dxdiag info? 


     


    Thanks for the help so far!


     


     


     


    ------------------


    System Information


    ------------------


    Time of this report: 2/8/2012, 12:10:10


           Machine name: JAMESBALMERSPC


       Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.111025-0338)


               Language: English (Regional Setting: English)


    System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.


           System Model: GA-73PVM-S2


                   BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG


              Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual  CPU  E2220  @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz


                 Memory: 3326MB RAM


              Page File: 1318MB used, 5569MB available


            Windows Dir: C:Windows


        DirectX Version: DirectX 11


    DX Setup Parameters: Not found


         DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode


     


    ------------


    DxDiag Notes


    ------------


          Display Tab 1: No problems found.


            Sound Tab 1: No problems found.


            Sound Tab 2: No problems found.


            Sound Tab 3: No problems found.


              Input Tab: No problems found.


     


    --------------------


    DirectX Debug Levels


    --------------------


    Direct3D:    0/4 (retail)


    DirectDraw:  0/4 (retail)


    DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)


    DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)


    DirectPlay:  0/9 (retail)


    DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)


    DirectShow:  0/6 (retail)


     


    ---------------


    Display Devices


    ---------------


            Card name: ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series


         Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.


            Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x68B8)


             DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)


           Device Key: EnumPCIVEN_1002&DEV_68B8&SUBSYS_29911682&REV_00


       Display Memory: 2422 MB


     Dedicated Memory: 1015 MB


        Shared Memory: 1407 MB


         Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)


              Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor


          Driver Name: aticfx32.dll,aticfx32.dll,aticfx32.dll,atiumdag.dll,atidxx32.dll,atiumdva.cap


       Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1077 (English)


          DDI Version: 11


       BGRA Supported: Yes


    Driver Attributes: Final Retail


     Driver Date/Size: 4/20/2011 01:09:06, 676864 bytes


          WHQL Logo'd: Yes


      WHQL Date Stamp: 


    Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-2BF8-11CF-0771-9B09BEC2C535}


            Vendor ID: 0x1002


            Device ID: 0x68B8


            SubSys ID: 0x29911682


          Revision ID: 0x0000


          Revision ID: 0x0000


          Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C 


     Deinterlace Caps: {6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive 


                       {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch 


                       {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY 


                       {6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive 


                       {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch 


                       {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY 


                       {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x32315659) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=


                       {3C5323C1-6FB7-44F5-9081-056BF2EE449D}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive 


                       {552C0DAD-CCBC-420B-83C8-74943CF9F1A6}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive 


                       {6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive 


                       {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch 


                       {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY 


                       {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC1,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=


                       {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC2,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=


                       {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC3,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=


                       {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC4,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=


                       {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(S340,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=


                       {5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(S342,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=


         DDraw Status: Enabled


           D3D Status: Enabled


           AGP Status: Enabled


     


    -------------


    Sound Devices


    -------------


                Description: Speakers (High Definition Audio Device)


     Default Sound Playback: Yes


     Default Voice Playback: Yes


                Hardware ID: HDAUDIOFUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0662&SUBSYS_1458A002&REV_1001


            Manufacturer ID: 1


                 Product ID: 100


                       Type: WDM


                Driver Name: HdAudio.sys


             Driver Version: 6.00.6002.18005 (English)


          Driver Attributes: Final Retail


                WHQL Logo'd: Yes


              Date and Size: 4/10/2009 20:43:04, 236544 bytes


                Other Files: 


            Driver Provider: Microsoft


             HW Accel Level: Basic


                  Cap Flags: 0xF1F


        Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000


    Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0


     Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0


                  HW Memory: 0


           Voice Management: No


     EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No


       I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No


    Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No


     


                Description: Digital Output Device (SPDIF) (High Definition Audio Device)


     Default Sound Playback: No


     Default Voice Playback: No


                Hardware ID: HDAUDIOFUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0662&SUBSYS_1458A002&REV_1001


            Manufacturer ID: 1


                 Product ID: 100


                       Type: WDM


                Driver Name: HdAudio.sys


             Driver Version: 6.00.6002.18005 (English)


          Driver Attributes: Final Retail


                WHQL Logo'd: Yes


              Date and Size: 4/10/2009 20:43:04, 236544 bytes


                Other Files: 


            Driver Provider: Microsoft


             HW Accel Level: Basic


                  Cap Flags: 0xF1F


        Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000


    Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0


     Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0


                  HW Memory: 0


           Voice Management: No


     EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No


       I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No


    Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No


     


                Description: Digital Output Device (HDMI) (3- High Definition Audio Device)


     Default Sound Playback: No


     Default Voice Playback: No


                Hardware ID: HDAUDIOFUNC_01&VEN_10DE&DEV_8001&SUBSYS_10DE0101&REV_1000


            Manufacturer ID: 1


                 Product ID: 100


                       Type: WDM


                Driver Name: HdAudio.sys


             Driver Version: 6.00.6002.18005 (English)


          Driver Attributes: Final Retail


                WHQL Logo'd: Yes


              Date and Size: 4/10/2009 20:43:04, 236544 bytes


                Other Files: 


            Driver Provider: Microsoft


             HW Accel Level: Basic


                  Cap Flags: 0xF1F


        Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000


    Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0


     Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0


                  HW Memory: 0


           Voice Management: No


     EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No


       I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No


    Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No


     


    ---------------------


    Sound Capture Devices


    ---------------------


                Description: Microphone (2- USB camera)


      Default Sound Capture: Yes


      Default Voice Capture: Yes


                Driver Name: USBAUDIO.sys


             Driver Version: 6.00.6002.18005 (English)


          Driver Attributes: Final Retail


              Date and Size: 4/10/2009 20:42:56, 73216 bytes


                  Cap Flags: 0x1


               Format Flags: 0xFFFFF


     


    -------------------


    DirectInput Devices


    -------------------


          Device Name: Mouse


             Attached: 1


        Controller ID: n/a


    Vendor/Product ID: n/a


            FF Driver: n/a


     


          Device Name: Keyboard


             Attached: 1


        Controller ID: n/a


    Vendor/Product ID: n/a


            FF Driver: n/a


     


          Device Name: Controller (MadCatz GamePad)


             Attached: 1


        Controller ID: 0x1


    Vendor/Product ID: 0x1BAD, 0xF016


            FF Driver: n/a


     


    Poll w/ Interrupt: No


     


    -----------


    USB Devices


    -----------


    + USB Root Hub


    | Vendor/Product ID: 0x10DE, 0x07FE


    | Matching Device ID: usb
    oot_hub


    | Upper Filters: libusb0


    | Service: usbhub


    | Driver: usbhub.sys, 4/10/2009 20:43:18, 196096 bytes


    | Driver: usbd.sys, 1/21/2008 02:23:03, 5888 bytes




    +-+ USB Human Interface Device


    | | Vendor/Product ID: 0x03F0, 0x0024


    | | Location: Port_#0002.Hub_#0001


    | | Matching Device ID: generic_hid_device


    | | Upper Filters: libusb0


    | | Service: HidUsb


    | | Driver: hidusb.sys, 4/10/2009 20:42:50, 12800 bytes


    | | Driver: hidclass.sys, 4/10/2009 20:42:50, 39424 bytes


    | | Driver: hidparse.sys, 1/21/2008 02:23:26, 25472 bytes


    | | 


    | +-+ HID Keyboard Device


    | | | Vendor/Product ID: 0x03F0, 0x0024


    | | | Matching Device ID: hid_device_system_keyboard


    | | | Service: kbdhid


    | | | Driver: kbdhid.sys, 4/10/2009 20:38:42, 17408 bytes


    | | | Driver: kbdclass.sys, 1/21/2008 02:23:23, 35384 bytes


    | | 


    +-+ USB Human Interface Device


    | | Vendor/Product ID: 0x046D, 0xC05B


    | | Location: Port_#0001.Hub_#0001


    | | Matching Device ID: usbclass_03&subclass_01


    | | Upper Filters: libusb0


    | | Service: HidUsb


    | | Driver: hidusb.sys, 4/10/2009 20:42:50, 12800 bytes


    | | Driver: hidclass.sys, 4/10/2009 20:42:50, 39424 bytes


    | | Driver: hidparse.sys, 1/21/2008 02:23:26, 25472 bytes


    | | 


    | +-+ HID-compliant mouse


    | | | Vendor/Product ID: 0x046D, 0xC05B


    | | | Matching Device ID: hid_device_system_mouse


    | | | Service: mouhid


    | | | Driver: mouhid.sys, 1/21/2008 02:23:20, 15872 bytes


    | | | Driver: mouclass.sys, 1/21/2008 02:23:20, 34360 bytes


     


    ----------------


    Gameport Devices


    ----------------


     


    ------------


    PS/2 Devices


    ------------


    + Terminal Server Keyboard Driver


    | Matching Device ID: root
    dp_kbd


    | Upper Filters: kbdclass


    | Service: TermDD


    | Driver: i8042prt.sys, 1/21/2008 02:23:20, 54784 bytes


    | Driver: kbdclass.sys, 1/21/2008 02:23:23, 35384 bytes




    + Terminal Server Mouse Driver


    | Matching Device ID: root
    dp_mou


    | Upper Filters: mouclass


    | Service: TermDD


    | Driver: termdd.sys, 4/10/2009 22:32:54, 53224 bytes


    | Driver: sermouse.sys, 1/21/2008 02:23:20, 19968 bytes


    | Driver: mouclass.sys, 1/21/2008 02:23:20, 34360 bytes


     


    ------------------------


    Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives


    ------------------------


          Drive: C:


     Free Space: 16.5 GB


    Total Space: 100.0 GB


    File System: NTFS


          Model: MAXTOR STM3320613AS ATA Device


     


          Drive: D:


     Free Space: 32.8 GB


    Total Space: 205.2 GB


    File System: NTFS


          Model: MAXTOR STM3320613AS ATA Device


     


          Drive: Q:


          Model: n/a


     


          Drive: E:


          Model: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS40 ATA Device


         Driver: c:windowssystem32driverscdrom.sys, 6.00.6002.18005 (English), 4/10/2009 20:39:18, 67072 bytes


     


     


     


     


     


     


     

  • RidelynnRidelynn Member EpicPosts: 6,913

    Device ID 0x68B8 is a 5770.

    You can edit down the rest of that post if you want so the thread isn't so jumbled.

    For reference, the 5770 clock is much lower in low power mode (depending on the firmware and driver you have it can be very low, under 150Mhz). When you are gaming, or it detects that it needs high performance, it upshifts to 850Mhz. That's probably where you got the 400Mhz clock speed at. It also only has 1G of RAM (dedicated memory). The 2.5G Total memory you see is "shared", which means it's able to use the system memory as backup (which is a good deal slower) to boost the total video RAM available.

    Graphics card is fine to keep. It's what I would consider to be the first decent gaming card as you work your way up the ranks of video cards, and the fact that it's still marketed and sold today (as the 6770) says a bit about it. That said, I wouldn't recommend anything lower or less powerful. That would point to a new motherboard/CPU/RAM for your best upgrade path (and probably power supply with that). That can be done for under £400, so long as your willing to keep your case and video card, and recycle/donate/resell the old parts.

  • PalladinPalladin Member UncommonPosts: 430

    If i was you I would reuse every part of the old machine i could ...which i do when I build my machines

    Reuse:

    Hard drive

    OS

    CD, DVD,

    Monitor, mouse, keyboard,

    Case, power supply, fans

     

    Really when building a new system all you really need to replace is the Motherboard, CPU, Ram, and probably the vid card.

    Doing it this way will save a some money and you might be able to get a better vid card with the savings.

     

    Or you could take the sergeant major wifey out for a nice dinner ...bet she would love that. Comp under budget and a fine meal to boot which she didn't have to cook.

    AMD Phenum II x4 3.6Ghz 975 black edition
    8 gig Ram
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 760

  • PalladinPalladin Member UncommonPosts: 430

    Originally posted by Valua

    Originally posted by Quizzical

    A new computer for £400 is awfully tight.  Do you have any parts from the old computer that are salvageable?  How about if you just list all the parts you have, and we can see if anything is reusable.

    Also, how often do you tend to replace the old computer?  If you're paying £400 every other year, you'd be better off buying an £800 computer and keeping it for four years.

     

    Thanks for the reply!

     

    Purching an £800 computer would be ideal, but I can't seem to save that much, I'm crap with saving money, £400 is amazing for someone like me to have saved ha :P

     

    My current PC I've had for around four years, but I've upgraded it a little bit along the way.

     

    Below are my current specs -

     

    Operating System - Vista 32bit

    Processor - Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2220 @ 2.40ghz (2 CPUs) ~2.4GHz

    Memory - 3326MB

    Hard Drive - 250GB

    Graphics Card - ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series, 400MHz, 2442MB

    System Manufacturer / Model (don't know if this is needed?) - Gigabyte Technology, GA-73PVM-S2

    It's also got 2 2GB DDR Memory sticks (I think that's what they are called?)

     

    Anything I can keep? 

     

    I don't mind making my own computer or buying one already built, whatever is best value for my money hopefully! :D

     

     

     

     

    If I were you I would just replace the Motherboard, RAM and CPU and put that in your old case. As long as the old Power supply is compatible with the new board you are set. The graphics card is a bit old but if it has worked up to now it should be ok for a bit longer.

    I've never looked up parts info for anywhere in the UK not sure what your equivolent is for Newegg.com

     

    AMD Phenum II x4 3.6Ghz 975 black edition
    8 gig Ram
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 760

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 21,459

    The video card is definitely a keeper, since it's about the card that you'd buy new on a budget significantly larger than yours, anyway.

    But again, what case do you have, and what power supply?  For the case, I'm mainly interested in size and airflow, though the exact brand name and model would be nice if you can find it.  How many case fans does it have, how big are they (80 mm and 120 mm are the most common sizes), how are they positioned, and how are they oriented (blowing air in or out)?

    For the power supply, I need the exact brand name and model.  If you have to open up the case to read the label, then do it.  If you're not sure what the brand name and model is, then just transcribe everything that you can find written in relatively large letters.

  • ValuaValua Member Posts: 520

    Thanks for all the help so far!

     

    I'll be keeping my video card, thanks for the help!

     

    Are these worth buying, and are they compatible with eachother?

     

    CPU - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i5-2500K-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B004FA8NX2/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1328820414&sr=1-2

     

    Motherboard - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-XKT-1155-Z68AP-D3-Motherboard-Rev/dp/B0054X4I4M/ref=sr_1_9?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1328820465&sr=1-9

     

    Power supply - http://www.amazon.co.uk/650-WATT-supply-Alpine-Silent/dp/7135799410/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328820153&sr=8-1

     

     

    Any help would be beneficial, I'm looking to buy new parts as soon as possible! :D

  • drbaltazardrbaltazar Member UncommonPosts: 7,856
    Op 3.3 ram dont exist. prob 4 gb.find a 9xxx serie proc for your cpu slot.its quad core.5770 is what i got so swtor is playable.disable shadow and bloom.drun the gpu amd defult setting. desable offloding if you use direct memory and can use direct cache access.(speedguide.net w7 section)first tho play an eu game make sure server are within 500 mile or kilometer.check your ping(latency).now try swtor.server are in texas so going from uk to texas is a bitch.use speedtest from you to austin tx.compare ping with swtor.use google namebench.after the first run it will make an offer. Run this you now should get the top dns chose the biggest and closest.me its cogeco.then retest with swtor and speedtest .in swtor you can adjust delay set this closest to your speedtest result.have fun in sw.you probably dont need to change part.(dont use speedguide.net auto.do them yourself and google each to find ms view.read bottom commentary lot of info there also.these should fix basic issue .if you can make game auto detect again cause offloading screw stuff a lot
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