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    Default New Computer | Upgrade Help

    To help speed up the process, it would very much help if people asking for new build advice would fill out the following questions and paste into their new rig thread.

    Please Fill Out
    1. Why are you upgrading?
      -Do you intend to use this computer for a media center, gaming rig, productivity, office, development, etc. -Where does your old one fail?

    2. What is your budget?
      -Your budget in local currency.

    3. Where do you live?
      -No need to be overly specific, just general regions so we can determine pricing and parts availability.

    4. Can you build this computer yourself, or do you need to buy prebuilt?
      -If your computer building skills are adequate, this is important as it will save money. If not, you can purchase prebuilt, for a higher price.
      -If you're upgrading, you'll likely need to perform the upgrades yourself.

    5. What are you current system specs?
      -If you don't know, Windows+R and type "dxdiag" without the quotes. You should be able to find the information there.

    6. What screen resolution will you be using?
      -On Windows XP - Control Panel>Display>Settings will display this.
      -For Vista/7/8 you can just right click on your desktop.

    7. What websites/stores can you purchase parts from?
      -Please link to websites/stores that you can purchase from, so we can gather exact specifications and pricing.

    8. Do you need to purchase peripherals?
      -Do you already own mice, keyboards, monitors, operating system, etc.

    9. When do you plan to buy this computer/parts?
      -If you answer now, we'll be able to find you specific parts and deals to fit into your budget better.
      -If not we'll simply give you a parts list.

    For anyone asking for build advice, filling this out first would be extremely helpful and will ensure faster responses. Also, please do not post in this thread for build advice, it's better if you make your own thread to keep things coordinated. Happy building!
    Last edited by Bolkonsky; June 09, 2014 at 08:58 PM.
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    Default Re: New Computer/Computer Upgrade Advice Pre-Requisites

    Quote Originally Posted by Bolkonsky View Post
    Can you build this computer yourself, or do you need to buy prebuilt?
    As an Addendum - If you lack the skills to make your own system then it is entirely possible to save money by buying the base components from other sources and taking them to a local Ma'and'Pa store for them to assemble. While it will be more expensive than building it on your own it will also be less expensive than buying a pre-built and upgrading from there. You also gain more control of your build as the smaller stores need to keep the customer happy. They'll listen to your needs and make suggestions based upon those needs. Just don't let them sell you something you haven't already determined you need to have. Good luck!
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    Default Re: New Computer/Computer Upgrade Advice Pre-Requisites

    I'm wanting to upgrade my pc, I was wondering if you could point out any obvious or worthwhile upgrades?

    My pc plays crysis, skyrim stw2 on high settings for reference but I want to keep up with graphics upgrades in the future.

    1. Why are you upgrading?
    gaming and watching media. I bought my PC off a site which allowed me to customise it myself, I'm passably computer literate and but way off plenty of the people on this site, I wanted to know if I should have bought an increased power output supply, or a better cooling system for example when I've played long sessions of skyrim my pc shut down from overheating. This is obviously something I would prefer to avoid.
    2. What is your budget?
    Ł150, but wouldn’t want to invest in something which would only give an incremental increase in performance or be obsolete quickly.
    3. Where do you live?
    England
    4. Can you build this computer yourself, or do you need to buy prebuilt?
    I’m willing to upgrade myself.
    5. What are you current system specs?

    SKU gallant4100
    PRODUCT Gallant AMD 4100
    CPU: AMD FX 6100 Black Edition
    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Included
    Premium 64-bit
    Motherboard: Gigabyte 880GM-USB3 Included
    Memory: 8GB DDR3 1333mhz (2x 4GB) Included
    Hard Drives: 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s Included
    Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA Included
    Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Included
    6. What screen resolution will you be using?
    1280 x 1024
    7. What websites/stores can you purchase parts from?
    Unsure as it’s my first time upgrading, currys and pcworld are nearby.
    8. Do you need to purchase peripherals?
    No
    9. When do you plan to buy this computer/parts?
    As soon as.
    Last edited by JGL; October 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM.
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    Default Re: New Computer/Computer Upgrade Advice Pre-Requisites

    Go ahead and open up a new thread with that info, this one will be a bit hard to track.
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    Default Re: New Computer/Computer Upgrade Advice Pre-Requisites

    ah ok, feel free to delete my post if thats neccessary.

    thanks
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    Default Re: New Computer Help

    Hello, I have a computer that is able to run shogun on the full ultra graphics, everything on the max.

    My graphics card is nvidia GeForce 500 or something higher(sorry I'm currently not close to my comp, so I can't tell you specifically). I think I have an i7 dual core. Ram is 8 gb. That is the max info I can give you.

    Can you please tell me, what should I buy for my computer( in the future, I'm planning to buy at December 2013)? Please. I think I have a budget about 500 euro. I want to buy 1 component for my comp, can you please guide me in the correct direction? What do you think my computer will require the most to play Rome 2 on very good graphics? Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: New Computer Help

    Find out which 500 series card you have specifically, if you have an i7 its a quad core and likely more then enough.

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    You need more specific info.
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    Case
    COOLERMASTER CM STORM TROOPER - GAMING ENTHUSIAST CASE
    Processor (CPU)
    Intel® Core i7 Quad Core Processor i7-3820 (3.6GHz) 10MB Cache
    Motherboard
    ASUS® SABERTOOTH X79: SOCKET 2011, R.O.G
    Memory (RAM)
    8GB KINGSTON HYPERX BEAST DUAL-DDR3 2400MHz X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)
    Graphics Card
    GTX 2GB 670 SLI
    Memory - 1st Hard Disk
    500GB VELOCIRAPTOR WD5000HHTZ, SATA 6-Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (10,000rpm)

    How well do u think this will preform on Rome 2?

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    Hi their I'm new here and have been a fan of total war game for awhile now just haven't been able to decide on a good computer I wanted to know wats the best gaming computer I could get that can run all total war game atleast on high settings I rather not build my own but get a prebuilt instead I'm from califonia,USA my.budget is $800-1000

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    Default Re: New Computer Help

    Open up a new thread, and fill out this form, I'll be sure to help you out!
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    Hi, back again, got my new pc -
    CPU - i53570k 3-4.6 GHz
    GPU - GTX Titan
    RAM - 8GB
    I have been told i will only manage medium settings on rome 2, what do u think.

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    Hi I was looking to spend about $1500 on a new computer to run Rome 2 on Ultra with huge armies. I can build it myself and was looking at newegg and amazon for a place to buy. This is what I came up with but Im not sure if all the parts will work together or if I could upgrade something, also not sure who makes the parts better. Some parts I wasnt sure what was better so I put both, any help would be great, thanks.

    CPU
    intel core i5 4670k $240 +++++++++


    GPU


    -NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 770++++++ $410 asus


    Mother board
    Gigabyte ga77x-ud5h $180 ++++ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...FUqY4AodbjQA4w


    SSD
    samsung 840 pro 128gb $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147192 ++++
    crucial m4 256 gb $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148443


    HDD
    WD 1TB $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533


    case
    NZXT phantom 410 $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146087


    RAM
    G.Skill $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231314
    Corsair vengeance $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231314


    Cooling fan optional
    coolmaster $33 http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-.../dp/B005O65JXI


    power
    Corsair 600w $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139028
    corsair 650w $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5355049092644d

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    Hi,
    i want ask if it's possible to upgrade something in my computer or it's convinient to take another new one.

    1)I want to improve my system to play new videogame because my computer it's 7 years old.

    2)Now i can spending 300€ if i wait more time i can safe other money and maybe take new computer in the future..

    3)ITALY

    4)It's better if a take a prebuilt computer, i know some things but i'm not an expert..
    I can do the upgrade myself.

    5) MY Computer :

    -Hp pavillion a6350.it

    -CPU: AMD Phenom 9500 quadcore 2.20 Mhz

    - MOTHER BOARD: ECS nettle3 (nVidea nForce 6100-405/430)

    -RAM: 3GB (dual channel)

    -HARD DISK: Seagate ST3500620AS

    -Graphic card: nVidea Geforce 8500 GT 512 MB (G86)

    -AC: Liteon 300W

    6)1440x900

    7)i don't know

    8)The original operaiting system was windows VISTA i removed it and i have installed XP SP3. It will be better if i would install a new one??

    9)I will serch somewhere.

    Thankyou for your attention!!

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    not worth upgrading

    That system is so old any newer graphics cards will be severely bottlenecked essentially you have a system that was considered slow back in 2006 at this point its just ancient the parts are nearly 7 years old I would be thankful it still runs at this point.
    CPU: i7 3770K 4.6GHz / i7 4930K 4.4 GHz / i7 4770K 4.6 GHz
    CPU HSF: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro / Review Samples / Review Samples
    MOBO: Biostar TZ77XE4 / ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Champion / MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming
    RAM: Mushkin Redlines 2x4GB 1866 MHz / 4x4GB Gskill 2133 MHz / 2x4GB Kingston 2400 MHz
    GPU: Integrated / GTX 780 / HD 5450 Passive
    PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1050w 80+ GOLD / NZXT Hale82 650w Modular / same
    CASE: Nanoxia DS1 / Nanoxia DS1 / Lian Li Test Bench
    HDD: 160 HDD / 512GB SSD + 120GB SSD + 5.5TB HDD / 60gb SSD

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    Irrelevant please delete post
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    Default Re: New Computer Help

    1. Why are you upgrading?
      Gaming rig.
    2. What is your budget?
      $1,000-$1,5000
    3. Where do you live?
      USA
    4. Can you build this computer yourself, or do you need to buy prebuilt?
      Prebulit.
    5. What are you current system specs?
      PM me for them, save space here . Some basic spec, 6 gig of RAM, 1TB HD, 3.0 gig processor, it's a Gateway. It has a integrated video card.
    6. What screen resolution will you be using?
      1360x768 or something.
    7. What websites/stores can you purchase parts from?
      Was hoping someone could tell me that.
    8. Do you need to purchase peripherals?
      Yes and yes.
    9. When do you plan to buy this computer/parts?
      Next 1-3 months.

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    Default Re: New Computer Help

    so you wont be buying a new monitor?

    a 650 ti is enough for that for a very long time

    a good cpu is going to be an indeed a kind of must given the low res, since you are going for a pre built a i5 4560 is enough

    i dont know a service from sites in the US, i do know that in canada they do that.

    a good option is to go for a system builder, some of the boutiques, like ava direct, falcon northwest, mythlogic...

    iim going to post a thread about clevo resellers, they are basically boutique shops where you can get the pc pre built, you will pay more for that, but you dont want to build yourself...

    just scroll down to sager/clevo

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/what...er-thread.html

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    Oh yes, I will be buying a new one, sorry, my mistake. A 22 or 23 inch is what I am looking for.

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    so you are indeed buying a complete new system, monitor, kb, mouse, speakers included?

    ah well...

    something along the lines of what i said before with the change on the gpu to a something more palatable like a 760 or 770, with your budget and the need for other stuff, a 760 is a more credible choice

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