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Recommend upgrades? (Pre-build gaming PC)

Hi everyone,

I recently bought a pre-build basic gaming computer and it's running excellent although I have got more money and looking to upgrade but I am new to all this so was just wondering what parts you'd recommend upgrading/adding? I am extremely new to all this and have come from PS4 and just looking to run all the latest titles as well as possible within my budget.

Budget: Another £300

Current system (Copy of the amazon listing):

CPU • AMD FX 6300 Six Core Processor running at 3.50GHz With a Turbo Mode of 4.10GHz • CPU is unlocked for overclocking • Genuine AMD Cooler

Graphics • NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti 2GB GDDR5 Graphics • you can run games at High settings at a 1080p resolution.

Memory • Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz RAM • PLEASE SEE VARIATIONS ABOVE FOR SIZE OPTIONS

Storage • PLEASE SEE VARIATIONS ABOVE FOR STORAGE OPTIONS • 24X DVD / CD - RW Dual Layer Optical Disc Drive*

Motherboard • Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 Motherboard • 1 x PS/2 Ports • 2 x USB 3.0 Ports • 4 x USB 2.0 Ports • 6 x Sata II Ports • Gigabit 10 / 100 / 1000 • 8 Channel HD Audio • 1 x PCI Express x16 V2.0 Slots • 1 x PCI Express x1 Slots • 1 x PCI Slots

Wireless • 300Mbps Dual Aerial Wifi Card

Case • CiT Vantage Red Case

PSU • Powerful 500W Power supply

Misc • Supplied with UK Mains Power Cable • Supplied with All Relevant Driver Discs for Motherboard etc.
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  1. What is "Powerful 500W power supply"? If "Powerful" is the brand I'd stay away from it, it should be renamed to "Weakest 500W power supply".
  2. turkey3_scratch said:
    What is "Powerful 500W power supply"? If "Powerful" is the brand I'd stay away from it, it should be renamed to "Weakest 500W power supply".


    Asked the seller and got the response:

    "The system uses a generic OEM 500w PSU which would need to be upgraded if you was to need a better graphics card in the future.
    In regards to the RAM it is RAM "DDR3 8GB 1600 CORS VENG BLACK CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10".
    If you have any further questions feel free to ask."

    Any recommendations for a better compatible PSU?
  3. id look for a discounted gtx 970 and then a new PSU.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html
    anything tier 1 or 2 would be great
  4. Jamie18x said:
    turkey3_scratch said:
    What is "Powerful 500W power supply"? If "Powerful" is the brand I'd stay away from it, it should be renamed to "Weakest 500W power supply".


    Asked the seller and got the response:

    "The system uses a generic OEM 500w PSU which would need to be upgraded if you was to need a better graphics card in the future.
    In regards to the RAM it is RAM "DDR3 8GB 1600 CORS VENG BLACK CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10".
    If you have any further questions feel free to ask."

    Any recommendations for a better compatible PSU?


    generinc LOL- theyre powerfull in exploding, thats the worst quality powersupply.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTVEtr14FEA -corsair sint ebtter either but the psus in this video are from generic.
  5. hdmark said:
    id look for a discounted gtx 970 and then a new PSU.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html
    anything tier 1 or 2 would be great


    how about to put the psu on palce 1 since ehhhh its the msot important component in a pc?
  6. superninja12 said:
    hdmark said:
    id look for a discounted gtx 970 and then a new PSU.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html
    anything tier 1 or 2 would be great


    how about to put the psu on palce 1 since ehhhh its the msot important component in a pc?


    Just asked the place I got it from what they recommend for a psu is this good or bad?

    "Hello,

    We would recommend the FSP 750w PSU which is silver rated and we stock this for £69.99 directly from us."

    I need to get a psu and I think I'm going to go for the the gtx 970 or 980?
  7. what model is it?
    -jsut skip that , this is mroe than enough even with ocing.
    + 970 or 980

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£70.97 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £70.97
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-04-26 18:32 BST+0100


    Page 6 - Scoring
    Performance (40% of the final score) - you probably already know what I'm going to say here. Voltage regulation was excellent, averaging 0.9% in the hot box. No points deducted. Efficiency was a pass for Gold both times. No deduction. Ripple control was amazing, and probably the best I've ever seen, so definitely no deduction there. I saw no issues with anything else, so this unit gets a 10 here.

    Functionality (20% of the final score) - this unit gets everything right. Even the CPU cable, which I thought was terrible on the 650W, is done right here today. Semi fanless mode works well, the manual is decent, we got lots of connectors to power anything a 550W unit should power, and the box came with more goodies than I tend to expect with such a small unit. 10.

    Value (20% of the final score) - you can get one of these for $84.99 at Newegg right now. That's a fair bit for a unit this size these days, but as always EVGA is right at the bottom of the cost pile when it comes to 80 Plus Gold and full modularity. The nearest competition is their own 550W GS unit at one dollar more money. This is nuts. How are you making any money on these, EVGA? 10.

    Build Quality (20% of the final score) - oh, snap... EVGA just got another perfect total score. There's nothing wrong with this unit. Nothing. 10.

    Performance

    10

    Functionality

    10

    Value

    10

    Build Quality

    10

    Total Score

    10
  8. Would 550w be enough?
  9. superninja12 said:
    hdmark said:
    id look for a discounted gtx 970 and then a new PSU.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html
    anything tier 1 or 2 would be great


    how about to put the psu on palce 1 since ehhhh its the msot important component in a pc?


    what i typed came out wrong. i didnt mean buy one then the other. i meant get both at the same time. i just like looking for GPU's more so i look for them first :p

    and 550w should be more than enough for a 970.

    id get the 970 . unless you find a ridiculously good deal on a 980. but generally people either get the 970 or skip to a 980 ti
  10. hdmark said:
    superninja12 said:
    hdmark said:
    id look for a discounted gtx 970 and then a new PSU.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html
    anything tier 1 or 2 would be great


    how about to put the psu on palce 1 since ehhhh its the msot important component in a pc?


    what i typed came out wrong. i didnt mean buy one then the other. i meant get both at the same time. i just like looking for GPU's more so i look for them first :p

    and 550w should be more than enough for a 970.

    id get the 970 . unless you find a ridiculously good deal on a 980. but generally people either get the 970 or skip to a 980 ti


    Appreciate all the help. I just looked and found out scan.co.uk stores only 20 minutes from my house so I'll drive down Saturday and get the parts.

    Just to make sure will these both be compatible/fit my case? Sorry for all the questions, so new to all this haha

    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-msi-gtx-970-gaming-twin-frozr-5-pcie-30-7010mhz-gddr5-gpu-1140mhz-boost-1279mhz-cores-1664-dp-hd

    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-evga-supernova-g2-psu-fully-modular-80plus-gold-atx-sli-crossfire-ready

    Edit:

    Or is this card better?
    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-msi-radeon-r9-390-gaming-8g-twin-frozr-v-28nm-pcie-30-6100mhz-gddr5-1060mhz-gpu-2560-streams-dp-

    Seems very mixed reviews just want something that's futureproof and fits well with this set up.... So much choice
  11. Could anyone help me with the above please? As I am going to buy after work today
  12. With owning the vantage case I'd stick with a 970 - the 390 would run a bit hot in there IMO.

    You ought to look at an aftermarket cooler & a little overclock to runvthe 970 in all honesty.

    You dead set on buying from scan ?? There are better deals online.
  13. madmatt30 said:
    With owning the vantage case I'd stick with a 970 - the 390 would run a bit hot in there IMO.

    You ought to look at an aftermarket cooler & a little overclock to runvthe 970 in all honesty.

    You dead set on buying from scan ?? There are better deals online.


    The only thing that's tempted me with the 390 is all the reviews saying it's better bang for buck and 8gb vram graphics card rather than 4gb?

    I will order from any UK site was just looking at scan as it's down the road, if I can get a better deal I'd go for it :)

    Thanks
  14. At 1080p performance is virtually identical - the 970 runs 10c cooler & draws 50-60w less power.
    It'll also save any headache regarding driver removal & reinstallation.

    I'd have a look around for deals for you but im stuck on mobile at the mo at work with shitty reception.
    I can certainly pull some better deals out when I'm home later.

    For starters though.

    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies/Non-Modular+650W+or+less/SuperFlower+FX+650W+%2780+Plus+Bronze%27+Power+Supply+-+Black+?productId=65815

    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/NVIDIA+GeForce/GeForce+GTX+970/MSI+GeForce%C2%AE+GTX+970+GAMING+Twin+Frozr+V+4GB+Graphics+Card+-+GTX+970+GAMING+4G+?productId=61863

    Only 1 970 in stock at the £260 super special price so grab it quick

    That sf PSU though non modular is a great great buy at that price.
  15. Cooler Master RR-H103-22PB-R1 Hyper 103 "High Performance, 3 Direct Contact Heatpipes, Universal CPU Cooler" Black with Blue LED https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D4EEEFQ/ref=cm_sw_r_em_awd_eDiixb38JGMBY
    Drop the money save on a new cooler.


    The 103 is easy to fit (no backplate removal required) & is close to a 212 evo on performance .
  16. madmatt30 said:
    At 1080p performance is virtually identical - the 970 runs 10c cooler & draws 50-60w less power.
    It'll also save any headache regarding driver removal & reinstallation.

    I'd have a look around for deals for you but im stuck on mobile at the mo at work with shitty reception.
    I can certainly pull some better deals out when I'm home later.

    For starters though.

    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplies/Non-Modular+650W+or+less/SuperFlower+FX+650W+%2780+Plus+Bronze%27+Power+Supply+-+Black+?productId=65815

    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/NVIDIA+GeForce/GeForce+GTX+970/MSI+GeForce%C2%AE+GTX+970+GAMING+Twin+Frozr+V+4GB+Graphics+Card+-+GTX+970+GAMING+4G+?productId=61863

    Only 1 970 in stock at the £260 super special price so grab it quick

    That sf PSU though non modular is a great great buy at that price.




    Just had a look with postage it comes back at the same price as Scan so I am going to just get it from there for convenience. I'll take your advice and go with the GTX 970 but for the PSU I will stick to the 550W EVGA SuperNOVA G2.

    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-msi-gtx-970-gaming-twin-frozr-5-pcie-30-7010mhz-gddr5-gpu-1140mhz-boost-1279mhz-cores-1664-dp-hd

    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-evga-supernova-g2-psu-fully-modular-80plus-gold-atx-sli-crossfire-ready

    Do I need to order a cooler as-well?
  17. Best answer
    I personally would mate, you honestly want your 6300 running 4GHz+ on all cores to make proper use of the 970.
    The hyper 103 I listed is £20 from scan too, there are better coolers for a tenner more but that 103 is good enough & only takes 2 minutes to fit.
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