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Nmarebfxmas

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Hi all!

 

So I bought this computer back in 2012 before I really got into gaming. It's not really meant for gaming, but I made a couple of tweaks and additions. It was purchased July of 2012. Here are the current specs:

 

Windows 7 64-bit

Intel i7-3770 3.40 GHz (8 cores)

8GB RAM

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

1TB HD

 

Now keep in mind I'm fairly new to this realm of things, and I don't have any plans to go hardcore gaming. I play FFXIV and it usually runs around 55fps on Medium-High settings. It runs just fine right now, so I'm definitely not complaining. It's been almost 5 years though, and I've definitely noticed some more wear and tear on the machine. 

 

My main question is this: would it be worth upgrading and getting a new case (when I put in a new power supply it almost didn't fit) along with some updates to the hardware, or would it be better to just start fresh with a solid build? I really don't know what computer lifespans look like these days because prior to this I was going through a computer every few years. 

 

Thanks in advance!

 

EDIT: I wouldn't mind a more gaming-friendly setup. Nothing too hardcore, but an upgrade would certainly be a welcome change. Budget would be $1k, and I would want something that would last a good while so that I feel like it's worth it.


Edited by Nmarebfxmas, 16 June 2017 - 03:20 PM.

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:welcome: Nmarebfxmas 

At a quick glance, I would do a little upgrading.   I will do some comparison of your parts later tonight.

 

Please give the brand/model of MB, case and PSU.


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Will try and figure that out... It's an HP Pavillion computer that I made some upgrades to in order to get it more game-friendly. I'll edit this post if I find it :)
 
EDIT: Pegatron 2AD5, case is whatever came with this HP, and I'll get back to you on the PSU. I upgraded that in 2014 but I'll shut down and check soon. I'm almost scared to tinker since it nearly didn't fit when I "crammed" it in there.

EDIT 2: Corsair CX750M

Edited by Nmarebfxmas, 17 June 2017 - 01:44 PM.

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thanks for the info.

PSU is OK, no need to change. , "A decent performing PSU with a pretty high warranty period for this category and enough wattage to meet the demands of a strong system." 

http://www.tomshardw...su,4799-11.html

Case, poor, needs to be upgraded.

CPU, very good, keep.   For a gamer, using the latest sweet spot CPU, i5 7600K, insignificant difference, overall the i7 is better.    without giving lots of comparisons, this just about sums it up,

http://www.game-deba...i5-7600K 3.8GHz

GPU, As you are close to the 60 FPS, and happy with game play, no great gain by upgrading.

MB, very good.    > http://www.findlapto...d5-corporation/

2 x SATA III 6Gb/s connectors, suppor SSD.   Only really lack M.2, DDR4 and USB 3.1, so having them makes no difference to gaming.

 

Wait for details and reviews for the Intel Kaby Lake-X i5 7640x or i7 7740x  LGA 2066 socket on new X299 chipset MBs, code-named Basin Falls; reported prices similar to present Kaby Lake.   The current LGA 1051  socket is likely to be obsolete with no further new CPUs.

 

I would upgrade the case, transfer parts.

Upgrade the Boot drive to a SSD, 500GB, keep the existing HDD for Data Backup.

Clean install of the current OS.


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