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Need to upgrade my Desktop Computer, Would like some help.

wasn't sure what to post this under, if it's the wrong section feel free to move it.

http://puu.sh/i9QKt/2553bfe962.jpg My Specs all nice and tightly packed with details.

I am a youtuber/Video editor, a gamer and someone who plans on using a Piano VST for his digital piano. With all of these demands my PC was holding up well eh, for gaming I can play anything really with 30 fps which is my objective, even GTA V on ultra with 30 fps was possible and boy was I happy. Editing is a pain in the ASS with the constant stuttering while playbacking my video to see if what I edited is what I wanted. And my VST works fine but my soundcard is just eh, makes the delay like an unbearable 12-20 MS. I also plan to run atleast 3 monitors.

Now this is where I get saddened, knowing I have a great PC to handle almost any task, I tried playing witcher 3 and dear god was I wrong. it obliterated my hopes and dreams running at lowest settings with 1600x900 resolution at 20 fps.


I come here today to hope this community can assist me in Upgrading my computer.

I honestly think I need a new motherboard so I can get access to lga 1150 processors, just don't know which ones are good

Final note : Money isn't an issue but I'd rather not wait 3 months to save up then buy a very expensive part. So 200$ is probably going to be my maximum please don't go over this, however I will look at more expensive parts so don't be afraid to list them either.

also one of my friends said I should get a 10$ fan for my cpu and overclock the hell out of it.
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  1. For editing and playing the latest games smoothly, you're looking at a $250 Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 CPU and a $100 H97 motherboard. For graphics, a GTX 960 will cost around $200.
  2. Thanks for posting, i'll wait for a few more replies before jumping the boat with those parts
  3. If $200 is your maximum budget, without getting some good used parts from Ebay, or some other reputable place to buy, I don't think you can achieve what your asking. You would need a new motherboard, CPU, and GPU upgrade. Also, even the "cheap" HSF assembly for overclocking a CPU is going to be at least $30 or so. In order to OC, you would need an Unlocked "K" series CPU. You might be able to get the Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258 and a cheap OC friendly board for around $125, but I'm not sure where $75 for GPU will get you these days.
  4. Should of worded it better, 200$ per part. I don't mind hashing out 600$ for 3 parts in total.
  5. OK, I understand you now. Do you have any interest in OCing, cause the budget can be adjusted accordingly. If not, I'd look at something like the Intel Core i5-4590 for $200, a decent board w/ features your looking for. What do you need for connectivity? Something like the ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 may work for you for $140. If you wanted to OC, the CPU choice would get a bit more expensive. That would leave what's left for the GPU. This should be a nice boost in pretty much everything. Since you mentioned Witcher 3, your not going to want to go cheap w/ a GPU.
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    A GTX 960 will be enough for The Witcher 3, but a GTX 970 will be better. You'll need to save up quite a bit for the GTX 970, though. If you have a strong PSU, though, then you can get an R9-290 for around $250.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125505&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
  7. Hello there!

    Honestly I am quite surprised to hear you're able to run GTA V at ultra graphical setting with an Intel Core i3 and a GTX 650 (I'm confident the 2GB VRAM assists here). Taking a look at the system requirements to run The Witcher III, it seems to demand quite high specifications even at the lowest graphical setting with an Intel Core i5-2500 and a GTX 660; whilst the recommended specifications being an Intel Core i7-3770 and a GTX 770.

    As a result of being a YouTuber and a video editor, I'm assuming you're going to be recording gameplay (please correct me if I'm wrong), therefore when playing/recording The Witcher III you should be aiming towards the high-end recommended system requirements of the game; the HyperThreading of the current generation Intel i7 should assist in your multitasking. As you're already aware to upgrade to the current generation Intel of processors, you need to upgrade your motherboard onto the Intel socket 1150.

    There are numerous motherboards available on socket 1150, however mainly the chipset and features differ. You'll be able to pick up an 8 series (e.g. H81) motherboard fairly cheap, around $40 which will support the current 4th generation of Intel CPUs, Haswell, whilst still supporting everything you'd expect such as SATA 3 (6GB/s), DDR3-1333MHz, 1600MHz and onwards, PCI-Express x16 for GPU and etc. However the 8 series motherboards will only support 4th generation Intel processors and before being able to use a newer processor (i.e. Haswell Refresh or Devils Canyon), a BIOS update maybe necessary. The newer 9 series motherboards (e.g. H97 and Z97) however will support all the processors which are currently and to be released on socket 1150, which also includes the next generation (5th) Broadwell whilst also supporting existing processors; they also tend to cost slightly more than the 8 series, e.g. around $65 USD. If you're looking to save costs and won't be upgrading to Broadwell in the foreseeable future, you may go with an 8 series motherboard to save a few dollars which could otherwise be spent on a better CPU or GPU.

    The difference between the H97 and the Z97 chipset motherboards, is that the Z97 allows processor overclocking whereas the H97 does not provide the feature. In order to overclock a processor, you'll also need to purchase a K edition CPU. For example, the i7-4770 cannot be overclocked whereas the i7-4770K can (notice the K on the end of the CPU code). This rule also applies to earlier Intel processors too, you'll still need a Zxx and K edition CPU to overclock on earlier motherboards (certain exceptions apply on earlier motherboards however). To purchase the Z97 motherboard and a K edition CPU, it'll cost more than the non-overclockable counterparts and personally, the performance difference is not so great; from my opinion overclocking is not worth the extremely minor performance gain and the increased costs. Although majority of overclockers do find gratification in overclocking, therefore it's your choice whether you decide to purchase overclockable components or not. (You should consider that Intel Turbo Boost technology automatically and safely overclocks your CPU under peak loads for additional performance, where Turbo Boost is applicable to both overclockable and non-overclockable CPUs; contributing to the fact overclocking won't provide you with significant gains.)

    You mentioned you have a sound card, therefore please may I ask what or how many PCI/PCI-Express slots do you require? Your current motherboard has one PCI-Express x16, two PCI slots and a single PCI-Express x1 slot. I ask in order to ensure that you can transfer all your existing components into your next motherboard. Furthermore to ensure your current system can handle an upgrade, please may I ask which power supply (PSU) do you currently have in your machine (e.g. an Antec 500W, SeaSonic 520W and etc.)?

    If you're willing to spend $600 on an upgrade, the following components should meet your requirements and hopefully also increase your video editing time.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($241.95 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-S1 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($40.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($310.95 @ B&H)
    Total: $593.89
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-07 20:30 EDT-0400

    The processor cannot be overclocked nor does the motherboard support the overclocking of the CPU. The processor is an Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3 which performs on par with the Intel i7-4770 whilst being more affordable (around $50 cheaper). The Xeon however does not have integrated graphics hence you will require a dedicated graphics card at all times, which you will have. The GTX 970 is also capable of rendering games at Ultra HD/4K, hence is also capable of supporting multiple monitors at 1080p with a single GPU.

    If $600 exceeds your budget and you're not looking to run The Witcher III at high/ultra graphics, please reply back and I will curate together another list of parts which fits into your budget. Please also reply with how many PCI/PCI-Express slots you require and your current power supply.

    All the best. :)
  8. Obnoxious said:
    Hello there!

    Honestly I am quite surprised to hear you're able to run GTA V at ultra graphical setting with an Intel Core i3 and a GTX 650 (I'm confident the 2GB VRAM assists here). Taking a look at the system requirements to run The Witcher III, it seems to demand quite high specifications even at the lowest graphical setting with an Intel Core i5-2500 and a GTX 660; whilst the recommended specifications being an Intel Core i7-3770 and a GTX 770.

    As a result of being a YouTuber and a video editor, I'm assuming you're going to be recording gameplay (please correct me if I'm wrong), therefore when playing/recording The Witcher III you should be aiming towards the high-end recommended system requirements of the game; the HyperThreading of the current generation Intel i7 should assist in your multitasking. As you're already aware to upgrade to the current generation Intel of processors, you need to upgrade your motherboard onto the Intel socket 1150.

    There are numerous motherboards available on socket 1150, however mainly the chipset and features differ. You'll be able to pick up an 8 series (e.g. H81) motherboard fairly cheap, around $40 which will support the current 4th generation of Intel CPUs, Haswell, whilst still supporting everything you'd expect such as SATA 3 (6GB/s), DDR3-1333MHz, 1600MHz and onwards, PCI-Express x16 for GPU and etc. However the 8 series motherboards will only support 4th generation Intel processors and before being able to use a newer processor (i.e. Haswell Refresh or Devils Canyon), a BIOS update maybe necessary. The newer 9 series motherboards (e.g. H97 and Z97) however will support all the processors which are currently and to be released on socket 1150, which also includes the next generation (5th) Broadwell whilst also supporting existing processors; they also tend to cost slightly more than the 8 series, e.g. around $65 USD. If you're looking to save costs and won't be upgrading to Broadwell in the foreseeable future, you may go with an 8 series motherboard to save a few dollars which could otherwise be spent on a better CPU or GPU.

    The difference between the H97 and the Z97 chipset motherboards, is that the Z97 allows processor overclocking whereas the H97 does not provide the feature. In order to overclock a processor, you'll also need to purchase a K edition CPU. For example, the i7-4770 cannot be overclocked whereas the i7-4770K can (notice the K on the end of the CPU code). This rule also applies to earlier Intel processors too, you'll still need a Zxx and K edition CPU to overclock on earlier motherboards (certain exceptions apply on earlier motherboards however). To purchase the Z97 motherboard and a K edition CPU, it'll cost more than the non-overclockable counterparts and personally, the performance difference is not so great; from my opinion overclocking is not worth the extremely minor performance gain and the increased costs. Although majority of overclockers do find gratification in overclocking, therefore it's your choice whether you decide to purchase overclockable components or not. (You should consider that Intel Turbo Boost technology automatically and safely overclocks your CPU under peak loads for additional performance, where Turbo Boost is applicable to both overclockable and non-overclockable CPUs; contributing to the fact overclocking won't provide you with significant gains.)

    You mentioned you have a sound card, therefore please may I ask what or how many PCI/PCI-Express slots do you require? Your current motherboard has one PCI-Express x16, two PCI slots and a single PCI-Express x1 slot. I ask in order to ensure that you can transfer all your existing components into your next motherboard. Furthermore to ensure your current system can handle an upgrade, please may I ask which power supply (PSU) do you currently have in your machine (e.g. an Antec 500W, SeaSonic 520W and etc.)?

    If you're willing to spend $600 on an upgrade, the following components should meet your requirements and hopefully also increase your video editing time.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($241.95 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-S1 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($40.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($310.95 @ B&H)
    Total: $593.89
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-07 20:30 EDT-0400

    The processor cannot be overclocked nor does the motherboard support the overclocking of the CPU. The processor is an Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3 which performs on par with the Intel i7-4770 whilst being more affordable (around $50 cheaper). The Xeon however does not have integrated graphics hence you will require a dedicated graphics card at all times, which you will have. The GTX 970 is also capable of rendering games at Ultra HD/4K, hence is also capable of supporting multiple monitors at 1080p with a single GPU.

    If $600 exceeds your budget and you're not looking to run The Witcher III at high/ultra graphics, please reply back and I will curate together another list of parts which fits into your budget. Please also reply with how many PCI/PCI-Express slots you require and your current power supply.

    All the best. :)



    Sorry for the absolutely latest reply, My friend sold me his GTX 680 2GB Galaxy GPU For 130$ and now I can max witcher at about 30-40fps while recording. Seems like my computers fine for now, but I will take what you said into consideration
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