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Need a new gaming PC, mid range what am I looking at cost wise?

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Need a new gaming PC, mid range what am I looking at cost wise?

I haven't bought a new PC in about 9 years. I currently don't have any games that I can't play, however the newer game usually require me to set everything related to graphics to low

I want something that is mid range that can play games like Total War: Warhammer 2 on High+ settings

What am I looking at spending? Recommendations on a graphics card?
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What's the spec of the computer you're using now? About 9 years ago could possibly be a sandy bridge i-core.... which may still viable today with just a GPU upgrade. GPU wise Geforce 1060 or above or RX 570 or above would work well at 1080p resolution.
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coilz wrote:
Jan 26th, 2019 1:04 pm
What's the spec of the computer you're using now? About 9 years ago could possibly be a sandy bridge i-core.... which may still viable today with just a GPU upgrade. GPU wise Geforce 1060 or above or RX 570 or above would work well at 1080p resolution.
I'm using an Intel I7-3820 CPU @3.60 GHZ with 16 gigs of ram with an AMD Raedeon 7800 series graphics card. When I bought this CPU it was custom built and extremely top of the line back then as it was needed for work. That's what it says under hardware.

Do you think that an updated graphics card will do the job? I'm not very techncal but this is what my pc shows when I run rate my computer program

CPU

https://www.systemrequirementslab.com/rank-my-computer

https://www.systemrequirementslab.com/r ... r/graphics

Thisn doesn't seem right thou as I can only run everything on low settings, very rarely any higher than that
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HghSsociety wrote:
Jan 26th, 2019 9:21 pm
I'm using an Intel I7-3820 CPU @3.60 GHZ with 16 gigs of ram with an AMD Raedeon 7800 series graphics card. When I bought this CPU it was custom built and extremely top of the line back then as it was needed for work. That's what it says under hardware.

Do you think that an updated graphics card will do the job? I'm not very techncal but this is what my pc shows when I run rate my computer program

CPU

https://www.systemrequirementslab.com/rank-my-computer

https://www.systemrequirementslab.com/r ... r/graphics

Thisn doesn't seem right thou as I can only run everything on low settings, very rarely any higher than that
If you don't intend to go over 1080p, that processor is plenty powerful. GPU upgrade will do you wonders!
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HghSsociety wrote:
Jan 26th, 2019 9:21 pm
I'm using an Intel I7-3820 CPU @3.60 GHZ with 16 gigs of ram with an AMD Raedeon 7800 series graphics card. When I bought this CPU it was custom built and extremely top of the line back then as it was needed for work. That's what it says under hardware.

Do you think that an updated graphics card will do the job? I'm not very techncal but this is what my pc shows when I run rate my computer program

CPU

https://www.systemrequirementslab.com/rank-my-computer

https://www.systemrequirementslab.com/r ... r/graphics

Thisn doesn't seem right thou as I can only run everything on low settings, very rarely any higher than that

What resolution are you running your game at? But even still radeon 78xx aint that great anymore and low/medium is what you'd expect to run games at for 1080p res. As above poster say.. your CPU is good enough. Just update your GPU to something more modern and you'll be fine.
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HghSsociety wrote:
Jan 26th, 2019 9:21 pm
I'm using an Intel I7-3820 CPU @3.60 GHZ with 16 gigs of ram with an AMD Raedeon 7800 series graphics card. When I bought this CPU it was custom built and extremely top of the line back then as it was needed for work. That's what it says under hardware.

Do you think that an updated graphics card will do the job? I'm not very techncal but this is what my pc shows when I run rate my computer program
With a system like that I'd just upgrade the video card (the one I recommended earlier will be just fine) and that'd take you most of the way there. You'll be CPU bottlenecked but it'll still be more than enough for 1080p gaming.

My system is even older. I'm using a first gen Core i5 750, albeit with a fairly beefy overclock that helps it keep up to some degree. A couple years ago I upgraded my video card to a GTX 1060 and with it I can play at 1080p in just about every game. My system is still heavily CPU bottlenecked and I'd probably get a good 20-30% better fps with a new processor, but the fact that a nearly decade old CPU is still viable is kinda remarkable to me.
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I would strongly consider picking up an nvidia 1070, new or used. They're relatively cheap $400-500 and offer great performance for the price. I don't know much about AMD cards so I can't suggest any of them.
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HghSsociety wrote:
Jan 26th, 2019 9:21 pm
I'm using an Intel I7-3820 CPU @3.60 GHZ with 16 gigs of ram with an AMD Raedeon 7800 series graphics card. When I bought this CPU it was custom built and extremely top of the line back then as it was needed for work. That's what it says under hardware.

Do you think that an updated graphics card will do the job? I'm not very techncal but this is what my pc shows when I run rate my computer program
You'd definitely be fine with just a new GPU. I'm still running new games at 1080p/60fps on an i7 2700K 3.5ghz, 8GB of RAM and a GTX 970. Throw a GTX 1060 or 1070 in your machine and you'll be able to run anything at 1080p just fine.
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worst case scenario, you use the gpu in the new build when you inevitably upgrade so, no harm. by the way even though its not a K processor, you could slap on a nice cpu cooling solution and overclock if you're kinky.

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any ryzen 5 build will be fine for you.
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I played games @ 1440p for years with i7 2600k/Gtx1070.
Your CPU is more than fine. Just get a decent video card like a 1070ti or 2060 and up.
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Any mid-range video card will do, 1060/580 equivalence.
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OP hasn't responded in a while so I assume he's found a solution but if not, I agree with others that a decent video card upgrade will do the trick.
ConsoleWatcher wrote:
Jan 31st, 2019 2:45 am
I would strongly consider picking up an nvidia 1070, new or used. They're relatively cheap $400-500 and offer great performance for the price. I don't know much about AMD cards so I can't suggest any of them.
That's cheap? I just got a GTX 1070 off Craigslist for $270 to go with my old X5675. Around Vancouver, $300-$400 is normal. RX 580 8GBs and GTX 1060 6GBs go for $150-$200 which would also be decent solutions.
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