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    So his christmas "request" is PC parts (sad).
    He plays most games, Everything current on the market anyway. BF3 & most MMO's etc. Only 1 Screen this time

    His current spec is:
    i7 920
    Asus P6T-SE
    6GB XMS3, DDR3
    Gainward 8800GTX
    Cant remember the PSU but he has a nice branded one already.

    So we need to look at CPU, GPU, MB & RAM?
    I chucked this together, https://www.aria.co.uk/WishList/40jFoKwfzB3DMcVmfCCW_Q,,
    When you go low down for components there is so much to choose! I would say budget is around 400.
    Any ideas?

    Cheers
    Mat

    Originally posted by Aria
    On reflection though, as I am taking a bath, listening to "Rain of blessing-vajra chant" while typing on the iPad

  • #2
    Spec looks good, although would he need 16GB of RAM?

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    • #3
      The CPU is still pretty decent so how about just a graphics upgrade? Don't know how much of an increase in speed he'll notice from a 920 to 2500k.
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      • #4
        You know i was thinking this. Im still running an i7 920 on this PC and its good enough i think.
        Might be better to just get a new GPU & an SSD. That should notice alot!

        Originally posted by Aria
        On reflection though, as I am taking a bath, listening to "Rain of blessing-vajra chant" while typing on the iPad

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        • #5
          Agreed, just whack a decent GPU in there and job's a good'un. If you can get an SSD in too all the better, but it'll need a re-install.

          6GB RAM is still enough imo
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          • #6
            i would get a gtx 670, some more ram as its dirt cheap any 3 x 4gb to add in, overclock the cpu a little and maybe get a better cooler if you dont haveas they put out some heat.

            Freedom isn't free"



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            • #7
              If he doesn't already have one, grab a cooler and clock the GPU up to about 3.6-4GHz.

              Only thing worth changing is GPU and trying to squeeze an SSD in there,

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              • #8
                Just upgrade the gcard. The 920 is more than a capable CPU especially if you're only upgrading to a 2500K and a lowly GTX650 in the process. And as mentioned, just overclock the CPU.

                CPU Cooler Round up

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                • #9
                  get him a nice cooler, and a stonking gpu and he will be laughing.

                  get that cpu to 4ghz and its solid enough for anything games need and pair it with a 7950 and it will murder any game you wish to throw at it and would even run ok at silly high res too
                  "Those able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses."
                  Plato

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                  • #10
                    yeah just whack couple GPU's in there instead say 2x 670's or 2x 7950's

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by k3vst3r View Post
                      yeah just whack couple GPU's in there instead say 2x 670's or 2x 7950's


                      Single 670 would be such a huge upgrade on its own... and I'd be surprised if you could find 2 x 670's for 400
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Spaceboy View Post


                        Single 670 would be such a huge upgrade on its own... and I'd be surprised if you could find 2 x 670's for 400
                        well add one single 670 then another one later was my thinking

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                        • #13
                          Ok, we'll he has just thought of something else so it's cut the budget a little. That's ok though as we can still work with it.
                          250 for a new GPU, SSD and some extra RAM. I'm sure I have a noctua cooler kicking round here that will fit that!
                          Would an EVGA GTX660 OC be ok do you think?

                          Originally posted by Aria
                          On reflection though, as I am taking a bath, listening to "Rain of blessing-vajra chant" while typing on the iPad

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                          • #14
                            Still a massive upgrade on what he has now

                            Might be worth dropping the RAM if it means jumping to the GPU range, 6GB is still okay imo.
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                            • #15
                              6GB is still fine for gaming.
                              Actually, I'd say it's pretty much the perfect number.
                              Originally posted by andyn
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