Upgrade my gaming PC or get a PS3? 54 replies

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Kilobyte

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#11 8 years ago

Money aside, The PS3 probably has a slightly larger Call of Duty fanbase. An X-Box 360 probably has the highest number of CoD, or Battlefield:BC2 players. Also, you can by PS3 games used.

As for the PC, there is a better selection of shooters, and the gamers are usually more mature.

Another thing to consider, is we don't know how much life the PS3 has left, or any console from this generation. You may well only get two years out of it, before it is time to buy another system.




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#12 8 years ago

Woah thanks everyone for the replies.

I am upgrading my Graphics Card, Motherboard, RAM, and Processor. Here's what I'd get:

Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1 GB Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB)

AMD Ahtlon II X3 Rana 3.2 GHz

I am also considering getting a new tower, as the one I have (Antec Sonata II) has a broken front cover that came off when I pulled back a bit to far :p

Here are my current computer specs:

Windows XP Service Pack 3

Motherboard: Asus A8N-SLI Premium

Processor: AMD Athlon 64

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS (512 MB)

RAM: 4 GB DDR2 (1 GB each RAM stick)

Power Supply is 400W

1 TB hard drive

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy [8000]




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#13 8 years ago

I'd go for something like this:

CPU: Athlon II X4 640 3.0Ghz Mobo: MSI 870A-G45 Ram: 4GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline DDR3-1333 Video card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 5830 1GB

That would come to about $465. Or you could keep the 5770 for $430.

What brand/model is that 400W PSU? I would be hesitant to run that kind of hardware on a 400W. It might be capable, but it would be pushing it. I would recommend something like this:

Newegg.com - SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

With the PSU your total would be around $500 with the 5770 or $$535 with the 5830.




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#14 8 years ago

Which ever you decide on, you definitely need a new PSU. I ssecond the Seasonic.

Power usage estimates for newer PCs are usually between 380, and 450 watts continuous. Most PSUs are Rated at max output, not continuous/sustained output. Furthermore, PSUs loose their ability to put out power as they age.

So your 400w PSU may only be as good as a 300w PSU, maybe 350w.

Either upgrade would be good. I couldn't stand my old setup, even a dual with a 7600 is only capable of 640x480 in most modern games. That 5770 will be a world of difference, and probably will not even break a sweat on your (assuming) low res (1280x1024?/1440x900?) screen. You might even be able to get away with a Radeon HD 5650.




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#15 8 years ago

The 5830 isn't worth the money, get at least a 5850. Or maybe, if money isn't a problem, get a 480? :D




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#16 8 years ago

Woops I thought the PSU was a 400W... Its actually a 500. Its an ATX Ultra V series. Should I get a new one anyway?

Also concerning the processors, is it worth upgrading from a 3 core processor to a 4 core? I know that most games now a days don't take advantage of all 4 processors. I've also noticed that the X3 I picked has a .2GHz lead on the X4. Does that .2GHz make a huge difference in terms of gaming performance?




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#17 8 years ago

That ultra is just terrible.




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#18 8 years ago
ZeroPressence;5402266 Also concerning the processors, is it worth upgrading from a 3 core processor to a 4 core? I know that most games now a days don't take advantage of all 4 processors. I've also noticed that the X3 I picked has a .2GHz lead on the X4. Does that .2GHz make a huge difference in terms of gaming performance?

Yes, at this point i think a quad core is definitly worth it, even if its a slightly slower clocked model. Besides, if your really worried about that 200Mhz you could overclock that X4 to the same speed in about a minute.




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#19 8 years ago

I don't know if those AMDs support a dynamic clock feature or not. I remember reading that AMD was working on one.

Intel's Core i processors will dynamically increase their clocks if not all the cores are in use. If that AMD does so, then it will probably run 200mhz faster when only using three cores.




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#20 8 years ago

I'm not much of an overclocker anyway :) And I'm still not sure weather to buy the quad or triple. Is their gonna be a difference in speed from a triple to a quad?

Do I still need a 620W PSU? I have a 500 right now.