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jmarto1
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Houma, LA/ Las Vegas, NV
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PC Upgrade Help
Let me start off by saying that I am not a huge gamer on PC but I want my PC to be able to handle most games when I do want to play. A few months ago my PC took a crap on me so I just grabbed one off of Amazon to get me by for a bit. It has been awhile since I built a PC so I am out of touch. I was hoping if someone could tell me if I could upgrade this one a bit and do what I need or do I just need to go ahead and build again. Here is the specs of what I have right now:

7th Generation Intel Core i5-7400 Processor (Up to 3.5GHz)
12GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
Connectivity- 802.11ac wireless LAN, Gigabit LAN. Drive Interface-SATA 6 Gbps. 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive
Intel HD Graphics 630
Windows 10 Home

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I was hoping I could throw in a graphics card and get it where I need it to be. TIA


finchmeister08
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re: PC Upgrade Help
I’d update the RAM to 16GB of 3000mhz or 3200mhz if the mobo can handle that speed, and upgrade the graphics card. Which one, I’m not sure. That will depend on your budget I think.


jmarto1
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Member since Mar 2008
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re: PC Upgrade Help
Budget isnt much if an issue. The games I play are Tropico 6, Company of Heroes. The Forest. Nothing tok demanding. I just dont want to buy what I do not need and was hoping not to have to do a build


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Hu_Flung_Pu
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re: PC Upgrade Help
His ram is fine right now. Probably just needs a gpu.

I think a RX 590 is 200. Gotta be careful about size with that case though.
This post was edited on 7/8 at 10:25 pm


jmarto1
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re: PC Upgrade Help
Did not think about the size! Thanks


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bluebarracuda
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re: PC Upgrade Help
Really Finch, ram?

Video card and SSD are a must

Biggest things you need to worry about are PSU wattage and case size
This post was edited on 7/9 at 7:00 am


txbd
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re: PC Upgrade Help
It's fine to have a large SATA drive, but not as your primary hard drive. Get at least a 128 GB SSD to install your OS on. Use the 2 GB SATA for storage.
12 GB of RAM is sort of an awkward number. I would bump that up to 16 GB (2 sticks of 8 each or 4 sticks of 4 each. You want the number of sticks to be even)
Now you just need a nice graphics card like a 1080 ti and you are set. You can go to pcpartpicker.com and build it virtually that way you can make sure everything is compatible with each other.


Hu_Flung_Pu
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re: PC Upgrade Help
Yeah I wonder what the size of the psu is


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SG_Geaux
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re: PC Upgrade Help
Make sure that PSU is up to snuff


Hu_Flung_Pu
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I read in the reviews a 1050ti might be okay


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finchmeister08
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re: PC Upgrade Help
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Really Finch, ram?

i thought 16 gb was the minimum standard requirement these days.

quote:

Video card and SSD are a must

i would agree with a video card but is a SSD really necessary or is it a "nice to have" type of component? unless there's something else to them, the only thing you get out of it is faster boot/load times.

quote:

Biggest things you need to worry about are PSU wattage and case size


PSU most definitely. i forgot store bought PCs have a relatively low wattage limit.


bluebarracuda
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re: PC Upgrade Help
For the price of SSDs now, there's no excuse not to have one. Load times are a pretty big deal


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boXerrumble
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re: PC Upgrade Help
quote:

i thought 16 gb was the minimum standard requirement these days.



Not really. 8 GB is still enough for most cases.


finchmeister08
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re: PC Upgrade Help
dang, i had 8gb in my 2013 build. i thought it would've changed by now.


boXerrumble
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Depends on what your doing. For most people who just browse internet, watch youtube, and play occasional games, 8 is just fine.

If you game a lot, even 8 GB is fine in most cases. Really depends on your GPU/CPU combo.

EDIT: Full disclosure - I have 16 GB in my build from 3 years ago, mostly because back then 16 GB of DDR4 was cheap as hell
This post was edited on 7/9 at 10:37 am


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jmarto1
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Houma, LA/ Las Vegas, NV
Member since Mar 2008
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re: PC Upgrade Help
That website is very helpful. Thank you!


bluebarracuda
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re: PC Upgrade Help
also check out r/buildapcsales for some good deals


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Bard
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re: PC Upgrade Help
If you aren't planning on doing VR then I would look at a better video card (a 1050 or 1060), maybe a little more RAM (and/or bump it up to 2666MHz, if possible) and swap out that 2TB HDD for a SSD (SSD prices are insanely low). Before you get the video card make sure you check your power supply first to make certain you have enough juice for it (if you're right at the border, upgrade the PSU first).


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skrayper
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re: PC Upgrade Help
SSD for your OS and any apps that can utilize it. I typically recommend 250 for the occasional app.

Lower end apps and data storage on the 2TB.


jmarto1
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Houma, LA/ Las Vegas, NV
Member since Mar 2008
23811 posts

re: PC Upgrade Help
With that website I am leaning towards a complete build


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