Help with a gaming rig - and many thanks!

  Apocsol 23:12 29 Mar 2013

Firstly, I'm sorry if I'm in the wrong place, and if I'm doing this all wrong, just tell me to shoo. But you lot seem like wise types, and I have no idea what needs upgrading on my PC - I haven't used it for gaming for a couple of years, and I don't want to be playing everything on 'low'. So, could you tell me what's good, and what needs fixing? I'd be very grateful! Below is my Belarc Advisor info, tough if anything else is needed, do say. Thanks in advance,


Operating System System Model Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 (build 7601)

Processor a Main Circuit Board b 2.40 gigahertz Intel Core 2 Duo 64 kilobyte primary memory cache 4096 kilobyte secondary memory cache 64-bit ready Multi-core (2 total) Not hyper-threaded Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5Q-PRO Rev 1.xx Serial Number: MS1C92BJ2601779 Bus Clock: 266 megahertz BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 1613 12/03/2008 Drives Memory Modules c,d 1640.33 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity 793.95 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

NEC DVDRW ND-3550A ATA Device [Optical drive] HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8164B ATA Device [Optical drive] 3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

SAMSUNG HD103SI [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 1, s/n S1VSJDWZ527438, rev 1AG01118, SMART Status: Healthy WDC WD6400AAKS-22A7B2 [Hard drive] (640.13 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCASY5608295, rev 01.03B01, SMART Status: Healthy 3328 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM0' has 2048 MB (serial number SerNum00) Slot 'DIMM1' has 1024 MB (serial number SerNum01) Slot 'DIMM2' has 2048 MB (serial number SerNum02) Slot 'DIMM3' has 1024 MB (serial number SerNum03) Local Drive Volumes

b: (NTFS on drive 1) 1000.20 GB 531.68 GB free c: (NTFS on drive 0) 640.13 GB 262.27 GB free

Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller (3x) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 [Display adapter] Hanns.G HF257 [Monitor] (24.3"vis, s/n 936RG3QA10103, September 2009)

  Chronos the 2nd 10:28 30 Mar 2013


You have copied a lot of totally useless information. What we really need is just the motherboard/CPU/graphics card ETC.

Mobo: Asus P5Q-PRO Which I see is quite old as it is a socket 775 motherboard.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 64 again old tech.

Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 that unfortunately will not handle todays games on anything but low settings if at all.

To be absolutely honest there is little point in upgrading as the money you would spend would not be worth the minimal improvement.

Do you have a budget at all? It might be possible to cannibalise your current PC but buy a new motherboard/CPU/GPU and RAM whilst using the hard-drive perhaps PSU but as you have not specified the wattage that might not be possible.

  Apocsol 11:50 30 Mar 2013

Ah, apologies.

Is it so dire? I'm able to play Dishonored, for example, on medium settings.

So you reckon I just need a new everything? If so, which part is the biggest bottleneck to start with?

Thanks again! Tom

  Apocsol 11:51 30 Mar 2013

Although if I can keep it to half that, I'll be overjoyed.

  Apocsol 11:59 30 Mar 2013

And somehow the bit saying '£800/$1200' got lost.

  Chronos the 2nd 13:16 30 Mar 2013

Are you willing to build?

Are you UK based?

  Apocsol 14:16 30 Mar 2013

I'm willing to build - been doing so since I was 14! I am also UK-based.

  Apocsol 12:45 31 Mar 2013

I've made some progress! I plan on:

Monitor - Good GPU - MSI HD 7850 1GB CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K or i5-2700k Motherboard - ? Ram - ? Case - ? PSU - ? Hard Drives - Good

The monitor fits my needs, and the hard drives have most of a terabyte free. So they're solid. The rest needs thought.

  arbico 16:16 22 Apr 2013


I would recommend the Intel Core i5 2500K or i5 3570K CPU not an i7 CPU. The i5 is better value for money and will overclock to nearly as much as an i7 CPU anyway. Please remember thought that the i5 2500K is end of life and has been superseded by the i5 3570K.

A good Z77 chipset based motherboard and 8GB to 16GB of 1600Mhz DDR3 RAM will give you a good base for the PC. What is your current case and PSU? You might be able to reuse these.

Kind Regards

Farooq Ahmed

Customer Service

Arbico Computers

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