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If you had my PC Rig what would you upgrade?

DaveH

Active Member
Hi all,

I'm a late entry into the PC gaming world and I have succumbed to it and want to take advantage of all the great titles out there.

3 years back I got myself a PC that was custom built by pcspecialist for video editing purposes.

Here is the spec.

Windows 7 Home edition
Intel Core i7-2600 @3.40ghZ
16 mb RAM
Nvidia GTX 580 3072MB
2TB HDD Raid 0 (I know don't ask :) )
PSU: Corsair TX-750
ASUS P8Z68-V motherboard

I understand that certain games require more power and the above may satisfy some games but what would you upgrade on the above to take advantage of today's modern games.

I want to play Batman Arkham Knight when it comes out and I think by then the spec above will be dated. But what about games like Battlefront 4 or the upcoming Watchdogs?

Basically, what can I upgrade above? New graphics card? Processor too slow?

I think SSD would be good, but I would not know where to begin as I have 2 1tb hdd raid striped and I would not know how to transfer that to SSD.

Thanks guys I'm a bit new to all of this.
 

Chox1988

Distinguished Member
first order of the day is get a new gpu, the rest is absolutely solid.

Then an ssd to just generally make everything faster, the ssd wont increase your framerate though.
 

DaveH

Active Member
Thanks, what would be a good one compatible with what I got? I should also mention my monitor is only 60hz at 1080p.

Regarding SSD, is this a realy headache to transfer over.

Let's assume that I buy a 1tb SSD. My Raid 0 HDD is 2 1TB drives but I am not even filled up on 1TB yet. I have taken an image using Windows backup.

How hard will it be to restore to the 1TB SSD? I am assuming I would have to break the RAID and would windows image to the SSD thinking it is a hdd (Different bootsector or something?)

Thanks
 

Jamezinho

Distinguished Member
Chox is right, you've got a nice system there. The GPU is the only thing that stands out but even so it's not too shabby.

What's your budget? I would look at an Nvidia GTX780 if you can afford it.
 

DaveH

Active Member
Hi,

Thanks. I could stretch to a 780 ti. Seems a nice card. What about my SSD predicament? Is it easier to do than what I am expecting?
 

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
Agree with the other comments. An SSD and GPU is about the only things I would change.

As for transferring to the SSD, is there a significant amount of programs you have installed that would cause a complete reinstall to be a nightmare?
 

Jamezinho

Distinguished Member
A 780 ti would be very nice indeed but the regular 780 is not far behind for performance and you may find some better deals if you want to save some cash.

I know nothing about RAID so I will respectfully bale out at this point!
 

DaveH

Active Member
Yeah there are quite a few as I have a lot of editing stuff and there are settings etc that a right pain. Presets etc.

It is the only thing stopping me getting a SSD really.
 

Sinzer

Distinguished Member
I wouldn't plan on ghosting your mechanical drive and then transferring to a SSD, in my experience that usually ends in tears, especially if you use a lot of serious applications. Many of the security activation systems in the editing world don't like it and you have to reinstall from scratch anyway. Many activation systems are based on the hardware in the machine, a SSD drive is normally seen as a major hardware change by the software and will trip it out.

If you were to buy a SSD, then you would really have to do a fresh install.
 

GMC79

Distinguished Member
Just backup config files from the programs and/or copy and backup entire documents folder and ur settings for the mainn programs u speak of should be fine after reinstalling, Backup other inportant files install new SSD and install on as main OS drive. Id also undo the raid and leave the two seperate 1tb for storage.(imo of course)
It's such a big upgrade everyone should have an ssd, esepcially now much cheaper and not as much of a luxuary.imo. 240/480GB would be ample but that depends on wallet, if it's chunky then 1TB why not! ;-)
 
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DaveH

Active Member
One more thing. How come for the nvidia gtx 780 ti there are many different kinds. So one from Asus, evga, etc?

I can see some are cooled differently and others are clocked. Is there a pure nvidia one untouched? Or what should I get?
 

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
I'd go for EVGA if you can. Awesome warranty and service and great cards.
The ACX version is the dogs.
 

dazpazz

Well-known Member
Here is the spec.

Windows 7 Home edition
Intel Core i7-2600 @3.40ghZ
16 mb RAM
Nvidia GTX 580 3072MB
2TB HDD Raid 0 (I know don't ask :) )
PSU: Corsair TX-750
ASUS P8Z68-V motherboard

I would suggest upgrading your RAM first! :thumbsup:
 

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