Upgrade choices

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Justin Swan, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Justin Swan

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    Hi all.
    I have an entry level Alienware X51 with the following:

    CPU_Name: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz

    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 (1GB DDR5)
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce GT 545
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Display Memory: 2717 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 978 MB
    Shared Memory: 1739 MB

    4GB ram

    What upgrade would give me better performance? (sim racing obviously)
    Upgrading to an i5?
    Upgrading to a GT 660 or 660ti
    Or increasing the ram to 8GB?

    I'm guessing the 660ti but I find it all a bit confusing?

    Thanks for any advise.
     
  2. Peter

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    i5/660ti/8gb ram.
    It makes almost no difference upgrading only one part. 8 gb ram is the cheapest when you have an X64 OS.
    edit: maybe you also need a PSU with more power.
     
  3. Jim Cole

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    Upgrading ram won't have much of any effect what so ever on performance. Your CPU has plenty of power to run most games, though you could get a little more with an i5. If you are going to upgrade the graphics card, I would go for no less than the GTX 670 as anything lower and you wouldn't see much in the way of performance gains.
     
  4. Justin Swan

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    Thanks. I think a 670 might be out of my price range. Also the x51 only has 350w psu so I have to watch what goes in. I know the 660ti would work ok with that but I'd have to look into it more. So you say the 660ti wouldn't give me a noticeable increase in FPS over the gt545? There is almost a £200 price difference!
     
  5. Peter

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    If you stick with the i3, its only a waiste of money. With a i5/660ti you double your fps
     
  6. Justin Swan

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    Yeah
    Yeah that's what I intent to do but I can only do 1 for now and the other later on. Which would give me the best increase at first? The i5 or the 660ti?
     
  7. Jim Cole

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    I would upgrade the graphics first in your case, even though it might require that you upgrade the PSU at the same time. The CPU won't be a bottleneck, or won't be that bad a one anyways.
     
  8. Rupe Wilson

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    i dont know how your money works out but graphic cars come down in price quicker that processors,
    in six months to a years time you may be able to bet a better card for the same price as a 660 ti now
    but you will properly stick with your processor longer than your card..
    that was my theory on my purchases
    Edit but i do work in strange ways:D
    had to buy my stuff in stages and my card upgrade was the last i bought.. must of saved nearly 80 pounds..:)
    if they get much cheaper ill maybe get another of the same and run sli..
    2x660ti 3gb should give a good result and way cheaper than the bigger cards..