What's up people. Per the subject box, I need some help with upgrading my old gaming pc. If I miss some information that you all need, please let me know, as I will be checking these forums a lot. This is what I have in my current gaming PC:
-MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
-AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
-Wintec AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit (x2)
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler
-OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply
-COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP
-Sapphire Radeon 4650 1GB Video Card
Whew! With that said, this rig is currently used for gaming, photo editing, streaming video, music, and anything else entertainment related. I have it hooked to both my 50" Panasonic TC-P50XT50 plasma TV (by HDMI cable) and my 27" HP 2710m monitor (by DVI cable).
I plan to get another PC or Mac where this can be totally dedicated to the entertainment (more towards the gaming side) while the other computer would handle home business, photo editing, web surfing etc. Basic PC stuff.
I haven't maxed out this motherboard, as it can be beefed up to 16GB of RAM and can handle the Phenom II x6 CPU's. I currently have it overclocked with MSI's onboard OC Genie and used CPU-Z to get the following numbers:
Core Voltage: 1.45-1.47
Core Speed: 3503.17 MHz,
(Note: CPU-Z lists the CPU as the Phenom II x4 because OC Genie unlocked all four cores.)
I really want this thing to be able to play the newer games that I have purchased on Steam, such as Splinter Cell: Blacklist; Skyrim; Tomb Raider, Hitman Absolution etc., on the highest levels possible.
I was thinking that I could just get a beast of a video card, with everything else being the same and that would help me save money to go towards the second PC. But then I realized that my options might be limited because of my 550W power supply.
If I'm just getting just the video card to reach gaming nirvana, I'm willing to plunk down a good $300 to do this. If you guys recommend adding other goodies, depending on those prices, it'll drop down closer to $200.
I will eventually overhaul everything sometime in the future, but that depends on when AMD brings out their new processors (not the GPU's ), but even with that, I'd really like to get the most out of this bad boy before doing a major upgrade like that.
That's what I have on my end for now. I hope its enough to at least get you all started on what to recommend. If I missed some critical information that you need (and I'm sure I have...), please let me know and I will answer back as soon as I can with the information you are requesting.
Thanks tons in advance for the help and the replies, as it is truly appreciated.
Daris L. Cotton