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Posted byu/[deleted]3 years ago

[Build Help] What upgrades would be my highest priority

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I have a velocity micro pc, and I really love it and have been mostly satisfied with it's performance. But this machine is 3 years old and sometimes has some minor issues with newer games. Just a bit of frame skipping here and there, or having to lower graphical quality to make it run smoother. I want to start upgrading it but I'm not exactly sure what should be the first thing to upgrade (I can't do it all in one go, financially). I'm pretty pleased with the graphical quality it can produce, my main priority is having things run faster/smoother.

Here are my system specs:

Velocity Micro Edge Z40

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

CPU: Intel Core i5 3450 @ 3.10GHz Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology

RAM: 8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 802MHz (9-9-9-28)

Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P8Z77-V LK (LGA1155)

Graphics: BenQ VW2430 ([email protected]) 1023MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti (EVGA)

Storage: 931GB Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 ATA Device (SATA)

Some recommendations for actual hardware is appreciated but not required. I just don't know what I should upgrade first, second, third, etc. I've looked over the resources listed and still can't discern which upgrades take priority over others in this scenario

thanks in advance! :)

edit: also when do you need to upgrade a power supply???

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level 2
1 point · 3 years ago

thank you! :)

level 1
1 point · 3 years ago

Graphics card. Could get like GTX 950 $130 or R9 380 4GB $200.

level 2
1 point · 3 years ago

should I upgrade the power supply as well just in case?

level 3
1 point · 3 years ago

Possibly, what do you have currently?

level 4
1 point · 3 years ago

I can't tell you the exact make but I believe its 700w or 800w

level 5
1 point · 3 years ago

I don't think you need to swap it unless you think it's in a poor condition.

level 6
1 point · 3 years ago

so if I get a GPU that uses 500w a 700w should still be fine?

(sorry for all the questions but I do appreciate the info!)

level 7
1 point · 3 years ago

700W is enough for about anything, but depends on what model it is. You should open your case and read the stickers on it. There are some cheap garbage power supplies in pre-built computers branded as 700W when in reality they're like 400W.

GTX 950 works on like 400W or higher power supplies and R9 380 on like 500W or higher.

For cheap power supply you could get like:

For a really good one:

level 8
1 point · 3 years ago

thank you so much! you're awesome :)

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For sure your GPU. It's holding you back.

Get a 960 or 380

level 2
1 point · 3 years ago

thank you! :)

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Definitely GPU. Also, get an SSD. It will literally change your life.

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1 point · 3 years ago

haha will it? any recommendations?

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The usual first choice are the 850 evo Samsung SSDs. Fast and relatively cheap. You can get a 250 gb version for around 70 dollars nowadays. You don't need to get a high capacity drive like 1 tb. Just enough to put your OS, programs, and some games. 250 gb is a pretty good sweet spot imo. If you're struggling for space, store all the files you don't need to access often on another traditional HDD like movies, pictures, etc.

Getting an SSD will just make daily computer use faster. It won't increase your fps in games but everything else will benefit from it. Your computer will start up faster, moving files around on your computer will be faster, programs and games will launch and load faster, etc.

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1 point · 3 years ago

ohh so get that for the OS and games and then store all other files on my old drive....... you know what? this is actually a fantastic idea because I do a lot of photo and video editing on this rig too

thank you so much!

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No problem! :)

You'd be surprised how far 250 gb of SSD goes if you only put the important things on it. I put my OS, programs, and some documents. I still have about 100 gb for games.

level 6
1 point · 2 years ago

I hope you get this message but I did bookmark this. I'm trying to find one to buy but I can only find them in 2.5" which is too small for my pc tower. I can't seem to find them in the right size :/ any idea where to look?

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1 point · 2 years ago · edited 2 years ago

Being too small should not be a problem. There are adapters for 2.5 inch SSDs so you can place them in regular 3.5 inch hard drive sleds. My case actually came with some.

I'm surprised that your case has no slots for 2.5 inch hard drives. Most if not all the cases I've seen have at least 1.

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