Need advice for PC upgrade

  CodyPlumb 19:46 22 May 2014

My PC is beginning to feel more and more outdated. (it is quite a few years old now). I mainly use it for Graphics and Media Design, and Gaming. As far as Design goes, my PC can handle things quite well, until i work on large projects (like 40x40 inch posters with 300 res and 50+ layers in Adobe PS), I start getting lag between every input i make, but its rare i need to do massive and detailed projects. More over, gaming is a big problem, more and more games that i want to play, my PC can barley handle, or it is to the point the game is unplayable. Issues are usually along the lines of, bad frame rate (not a single game i play do i have over 30 fps, most games run at 20-25, usually dropping to 10-15 frequently). I always have to run at the lower end resolutions and graphical settings are in the low end/sometimes medium settings. The worse thing is a delay in my cursor, which makes any First person shooter unplayable. It only happens with some of the more demanding games, but my cursor has about a 1 second delay between when i move my mouse and when the cursor moves. Ive tried messing with v-sync, raw input data and the like. and its happening with more and more games, so i think its just time to upgrade.

This is my PC:

click here there should be the specs i have, as i have not yet changed any hardware in my PC, its completely stock.

I would like to upgrade my PC to run games better, and later on i will probably upgrade for my graphics design(or more ideal, build a new PC), I have come to the conclusion that I need a Better GPU, and possibly a better CPU(I don't know much about CPU's)I'm not sure which is more vital for me to upgrade at the moment- in the interest of gaming. My budget is low, Im trying to stay in the 200$ range.

I have favored the Nvidia Graphics cards in the past. but seeing as this PC is all ATI, I would be so bold to guess that a new ATI GPU would compliment my system more? I also believe I would require a new PSU to run an upgraded GPU.

If the CPU needs to be upgraded more, i dont know where to begin with that. I've had someone told me I would also need to completely replace my RAM if i put a new CPU in?

So here's my questions. -Which Is more vital for my PC, GPU or CPU? -Depending on which, what other assets must i think about when upgrading(ex: GPU needs new PSU)? -What GPU/CPU would be best for my PC and best for my budget?(around 200$)


  Woolwell 22:36 22 May 2014

A better graphics card will almost certainly need a more powerful PSU. Your's is at the low end. I think that you'll be pushed with a budget of $200. Firstly I suggest you have a good clean of your current system, removing programs that you don't need, look at ones that auto-start and run in the background.

From your link it is quite difficult to determine your exact specs.

  CodyPlumb 23:13 22 May 2014

I plan on doing a back up for everything i need and doing a full restore/factory reset to my system before i upgrade the hardware. My budget is 200$ although i am expecting to have to pay a little more, Im also expecting to pay around an additional $60 or so for a PSU if i go with getting a GPU.

As for my Specs as i know them:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1045T (2.7 GHz)

Memory: 8 GB DDR3

Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6450

Hardrive: 1.5 TB

Power: 300W

OS: Windows 7 64 bit

and this is the "Upgrade information" for my mother board:

Upgrade Information

Processor upgrade information

Max TDP: 95W

Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:

NOTE: Only Socket AM3 processors are supported with this motherboard.

AMD Phenom II X6 10xxT Six-Core (Thuban core)

AMD Phenom II X4 9xx/9xxe/8xx Quad-Core (Deneb core)

AMD Phenom II X3 7xx/7xxe Triple-Core (Heka core)

AMD Phenom II X2 5xx (Callisto core)

AMD Athlon X4 6xx/6xxe (Propus)

AMD Athlon X3 4xx/4xxe (Rana)

AMD Athlon X2 2xx/2xxe (Regor)

AMD Sempron Single Core 1xx (Sargas core)

Memory upgrade information

Dual channel memory architecture

Four DDR3 DIMMs (240-pin) sockets

PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066)

PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333)

Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered

Supports 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB DDR3 DIMMs

Supports up to 16 GB on 64-bit systems

Supports up to 4 GB on 32-bit PCs

*32-bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.

To be Honest I dont know what to make of some of that. Im not very well versed in hardware. Hope this helps.

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