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So, I've been looking to purchase some upgrades for my computer recently, and am coming to you guys for advice. I've taken a screenshot of my specs using Speccy, and will list it here:

http://i.imgur.com/V7LNv.png

Currently, I'm running at about 30 FPS with medium-high settings. What would I have to buy/replace to get that above 60 (I play without VSynch) at all times?
You need a new CPU + motherboard + RAM.
Since it's a Dell, consequently, a new copy of Windows 7.

GTX 550 Ti should easily do ~40 FPS with all ultra (shadows @ high), with some multi-sampling.

This assumes you are talking about city / raid FPS.
You need a new CPU + motherboard + RAM.
Since it's a Dell, consequently, a new copy of Windows 7.

GTX 550 Ti should easily do ~40 FPS with all ultra (shadows @ high), with some multi-sampling.

This assumes you are talking about city / raid FPS.


Yeah, I'm referring to city/raiding FPS.

I've heard mix responses from different people saying that my GPU isn't good enough, and others saying it's my CPU/mobo/RAM.

What kind of CPU/mobo combo would you recommend? Best bang for my buck, if you'd say.
Your GPU is OK, but definitely not something that'll get you 60+ in cities and raids. If you absolutely gotta have 60+, you also have to replace:

Graphics card, and power supply, and perhaps the computer case.

Due to the limitation in WoW engine, you will not see constant 60+ FPS everywhere in all times in cities and raids.
Your GPU is OK, but definitely not something that'll get you 60+ in cities and raids. If you absolutely gotta have 60+, you also have to replace:

Graphics card, and power supply, and perhaps the computer case.

Due to the limitation in WoW engine, you will not see constant 60+ FPS everywhere in all times in cities and raids.


I mean, I don't absolutely HAVE to have 60+ at all times. I would just prefer to have around 60 in raids/cities. I'm out doing dailies now and I'm bouncing around 20-30 with 'Good' settings.

Which would you prioritize? PSU/GPU/Case, or CPU/RAM/mobo?
CPU / RAM / Mobo right now, as you are focused on city / raid FPS.

Max budget?
CPU / RAM / Mobo right now, as you are focused on city / raid FPS.

Max budget?


Eh, I'd only want to spend a couple hundred bucks.

What brand and how many cores should I look for?
You want the following:

i5-3450 ($190ish)
B75 motherboard (cheapest is $60ish, ensure microATX)
8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600, 1.5v RAM (about $48)
You want the following:

i5-3450 ($190ish)
B75 motherboard (cheapest is $60ish, ensure microATX)
8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600, 1.5v RAM (about $48)


I should have probably stated that I want a mobo with 6 channel audio since I have a 5.1 setup.
That mobo doesn't seem to have 6 channels.

Also, would getting more RAM be overkill? Say buying 2x 8 GB sticks instead of 2x 4 GB ones?
I would save up for a better graphics card instead of using it on things that has zero improvement in gaming performance, like more RAM.

This motherboard, cheapest, says 6 channel to me.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157335
Alright, cool. I might actually take a trip out and see if they're in stock.

On a side note, could you explain what's wrong with my current GPU?
I could return it and upgrade it when I head to the store.

Just for personal understanding.
GTX 550 Ti isn't really meant to be used for gaming at 1080p resolution.

Any more powerful graphics card requires better power supply unless you already did. They will probably take advantage of you and give you marginal upgrade but cost you more $.

A definitive upgrade from GTX 550 Ti is Radeon HD 7850.
I bought a 500W PSU a while back, and it has cut it so far. I can return the GPU for full price whenever I'd like, and just choose a different one (as long as it isn't that much more expensive.)

So, if I were to return my GTX550, get my $140 back, then purchase:
2x 4GB Corsair RAM - $45
i5-3450 - $185
Asus B75 - $80
Radeon HD 7850 2GB - $220

Would I need a new PSU and case?
Also, is there any other cards to choose from in the same quality and price range? I seem to see a lot of negative reviews on the HD 7850.
What is the company / brand name of this 500W unit?

A HD 7850 should not cost you more than $180, btw. At that price, there is no equal.
What is the company / brand name of this 500W unit?

A HD 7850 should not cost you more than $180, btw. At that price, there is no equal.


It's a Cooler Master.

And all of the HD 7850s nearby are all 205-225.
Look online to get it then. www.pcpartpicker can help you with cheapest parts. Some HD 7870s can be found under $200 through deals.

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