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Giving my PC a facelift. Please help with spec

xpluttx

Member
Good day,
I am looking to see if there is a relatively cheap way of giving my PC a facelift.
It's 7 years old now, an is starting to breathe a little heavy.
My goal is to play ASC-Valhalla, and the specs are now borderline good enough to do so.
I was thinking maybe upgrading the processor, but then i dont want to go in a trap where i then have to upgrade motherboard to support the ned processor and so on and so on.

So could i for example gain some performance by upgrading to an intel i7 processor or something like that?

Below is my current specs.


CasePCS MAELSTROM T900 BLACK GAMING CASE
Processor (CPU)Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-4670 (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache
MotherboardASUS® Z87-A: ATX, USB3.0, SATA6GB/S, SLi, XFIRE + **FREE GAME**
Memory (RAM)8GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
Graphics Card3GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 780 Ti - 2 DVI, HDMI, DP - 3D Vision Ready
2nd Graphics CardNONE
3rd Graphics CardNONE
1st Storage Drive1TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD1003FZEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)
2nd Storage DriveNONE
1st M.2 SSD DriveNONE
RAIDNONE
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
2nd DVD/BLU-RAY DriveNONE
External Hard DriveNONE
Memory Card ReaderINTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
Power SupplyCORSAIR 750W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ MODULAR TXM-750 V2-80 PLUS®
Change to: CORSAIR 750W RM SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable1 x 2 Metre European Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor CoolingSuper Quiet 22dBA Triple Copper Heatpipe Intel CPU Cooler
Fan ControllerNONE
Sound CardONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired NetworkingDUAL-BAND WIRELESS 802.11N 450Mbps PCI-E CARD
Wireless Router/HomePlugsNONE
USB/Thunderbolt OptionsMIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
4G ModuleNONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND
FirewireNONE
TV CardNONE
Operating SystemGenuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence
Windows Recovery MediaWindows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) DVD with paper sleeve
Office SoftwareNO OFFICE SOFTWARE
Anti-VirusNORTON ANTI-VIRUS 2014 - 1 Year Licence for 1 PC *SPECIAL*
MonitorNONE
2nd MonitorNONE
Monitor CablesNONE
Eyefinity AdapterNONE
Keyboard & MouseLOGITECH® MK270 WIRELESS KEYBOARD & MOUSE COMBO
MouseNONE
HeadsetsNONE
Mouse PadNONE
SpeakersNONE
WebcamNONE
Surge ProtectionNONE
Cable ManagementNONE
PrinterNONE
Warranty3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Data RecoveryNONE
Delivery4 - 6 DAY DELIVERY TO NORWAY (92 €)
Build TimeStandard Build - Approximately 9 to 11 working days
MiscellaneousFREE BATTLEFIELD 4 GAME with Z87-A MOTHERBOARD!












 

Nursemorph

Big Poster
With an older motherboard like that, you'd only be able to upgrade to a CPU from back then...anything newer and you'd need a new motherboard.....which would also entail new RAM as we are now on DDR4. GPU I would question if it's strong enough or not.

To get that system up to current standards good enough to play current games, I'd estimate it would need £600 (not including any new GPU), possibly more....realistically, it would be more cost effective to just buy a new system
 

Nursemorph

Big Poster
As an example, this would give you a high refresh (144Hz) 1080p system with upgradeability for 1440p or even 4k with the appropriate GPU...this spec implies you will transfer your Windows licence over:

Case
FRACTAL FOCUS G BLACK GAMING CASE (Window)
Processor (CPU)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Six Core CPU (3.6GHz-4.2GHz/36MB CACHE/AM4)
Motherboard
ASUS® TUF GAMING B550-PLUS (DDR4, USB 3.2, 6Gb/s) - ARGB Ready!
Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3200MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
6GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1660 SUPER - HDMI, DP - GeForce GTX VR Ready!
1st Storage Drive
1TB SEAGATE BARRACUDA SATA-III 3.5" HDD, 6GB/s, 7200RPM, 64MB CACHE
1st M.2 SSD Drive
512GB PCS PCIe M.2 SSD (2000 MB/R, 1100 MB/W)
Power Supply
CORSAIR 750W RMx SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Wireless/Wired Networking
WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2,400Mbps/5GHz, 300Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
NO RECOVERY MEDIA REQUIRED
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft 365® (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Firefox™
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
4 - 6 DAY DELIVERY TO NORWAY
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 10 to 12 working days
Price: 895,83 € including VAT and Delivery
Unique URL to re-configure: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/amd-am4-gen3-pc/bUnjJk03TV/
 

Scott

Moderator
Moderator
For upgrading you would be looking at the following to have an impact:

i7 4790k CPU - ITRO £100
Coolermaster 240 Lite - £50
2x8GB DDR3 RAM (Fastest you can get your hands on, 2400mhz) - ITRO £100
1660 Super (I'm guessing you're on a 1080p monitor? What Frequency?) - ITRO £200

If you want Raytracing you would want the 2060 Super. - ITRO £300 (Keep in mind the 3060 is coming soon)

£450 to £550 for an upgrade.

I don't know if it's worthwhile personally. The 4790 is a decent CPU and you can OC it to a decent level. With the RAM proping up your FPS you could happily play for another few years I imagine.

Depends on what route you want to go down :)
 
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