Can I get some help upgrading my PC for gaming?

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UltimateZebra

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I want to upgrade my PC for gaming, I want to be able to run big games on atleast high settings. (Saints Row The Third, Call Of Duty, APB Reloaded, etc)
My budget it $600.

My current specs are

DA061/078L-AM3 Motherboard
7GB DDR3 RAM 1333 Speed I think (something like that, had a bunch of 3's..)
AMD Anthlon(tm) II X3 425 2.7ghz Processor
Integrated Graphics


First I planned to just upgrade the GPU and PSU, but then I heard my processor might slow me down, and bottleneck the GPU, so I need to know if i'll be fine with this CPU, will it run smoothly?
If not, can I upgrade the CPU on this board? if so what should I upgrade to?

The GPU I planned on getting was Radeon HD 6850.
 
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well i cant help much but u have intergrated graphics is it shared on the ram or wat? cos i would recomend getting a graphics card like a 1gb (dedicated graphics)
 
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most people tend to play on low graphics to decrease latency/lag, especially in FPS.
i dont think it would cause much of a bottleneck but as you say your going to gradually upgrade the difference may might slight in frame rates
 

UltimateZebra

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Hmm, well then now I'm gonna ask...
What Dedicated card do you recommend I upgrade to in order to achieve atleast high settings in the big games I listed?
(I knew the 6850 was overkill, but wasn't sure how much, I'm not sure what one to get, no point in getting a $400 one or so for it just to get bottlenecked..)
Also, the first question was mainly, should I upgrade the CPU? or is it not needed? I'm just afraid of it causing me problems since it's only X3, right now when I try to run APB Reloaded on all low settings I get 13 FPS and my cores are maxed, which leads me to thinking I might need a new CPU to match the GPU..




EDIT- I think the only thing that could hold me back on the CPU is that it's not Quad-Core
 

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The integrated graphics is forcing the graphics load onto the processor.
That is what is slowing you down.
Your processor should be fine for most games.
I think you were on the right track in the first place with going for the graphics card
and power supply.
Problem is that motherboard model seems to be from an acer computer
and from the looks of it,it does not have a PCI express X16 slot for
a graphics card upgrade.
You might want to look at the motherboard and see if it has one.
The one in this picture does not.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Acer-Desktop-Motherboard-DA061-078L-MB-NB107-001-/330582633526
Here is another one that does have it so make sure yours has the long black slot.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ACER-DA061-078L-AM3-MOTHER-BOARD-3-1-GHZ-CPU-H-SIN-/230655833475
You didn't list the computer model,so if it is a small form factor or microatx system
you may need a low profile card.
Otherwise,a standard atx card.
 

UltimateZebra

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Yeah, it's an Acer, I plan to upgrade the tower to a mid-tower case, I know how to to that.
And it's the second one, I made sure it had a PCIe 16x slot, I've opened it up a few times, it's definately there
 

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Ok,so a video card/power supply upgrage should make
a good difference in gaming performance.
The 6850 is a good midrange,directx 11 compatable
video card.
 

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Make sure to mark the locations of the front panel header
connections before you remove the motherboard.
Factory computers tend to have extra pins that can make
it confusing.
 

UltimateZebra

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I might just get a friend to change cases for me, just to make sure it's done correctly, I've never done it before, but I figured it was pretty straight forward, and also the wires were labeled.
Anyhow thank you
 

UltimateZebra

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First, sorry for the double post.

So I plan on getting the PowerColor Radeon 6950. (It will fit my board right?)

I plan on getting this case, will my motherboard and everything fit correctly?
(If not, have any suggestions on cases from that site?)

I need some recommendations on a good power supply to get.
Would prefer if it was on this site, thanks.
Also it'd be nice if the power supply you recommend could power a lot of those fans in the case.


Edit-
I saw this power supply and it looked to be what I wanted? what do you think?
 

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Looking closer at that motherboard,the card is the right type for the slot but
that video card is long and from the looks of that small motherboard,it is
more than likely going to block access to the front panel headers.
Being as the pci express power connectors on the video card are on the
top and the hard drives are arranged side ways in the case,it might barely
fit in that case.
The power supply is a good choice.
Corsair makes good power supplies.
The problems is going to be that motherboard.
If it were me,I would just get a better motherboard and start from scratch,
but that would mean having to buy and install windows as the acer restore disks
would not work on a different motherboard.
That video card is so long and wide that it is going to block access to
all the connectors along that side of the motherboard.
Looks like the system speaker is also in the way of where the card would go.
 

UltimateZebra

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Well I didn't really wanna go building an entire new PC...
Is there anyway I can get it to fit?
From what I can see there might be a little space available which I might be able to these use to fix
From what I can tell the ports being blocked were USB ports, or front ports.


Alternatively, what about some half-size card that would fit, but give great performance like the 6950, I know I can't get as good as the 6950, but I'd like to still get something like it.
 

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The problem is really how the motherboard is designed.
It was made for a small system and everything is pretty
much crammed together.
Performance video cards these day are all pretty much
double or triple wide with that large enclosed cooling
system to keep the excess heat down and vent it out
the back of the computer.
I looked at a few after market coolers,but even those are large.
You might look around a bit more and see if you can find a
cooler you can put on the card that wont block the connectors.
That is the only possible way I can come up with to get around
the problem.
Bear in mind that modifying the card will most likely void the warranty.
I did see an nvidia 560 card that had smaller cooler profile and looked
like it would have enough clearance.
Something like this.......................
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=567235&CatId=3669
Notice it has more room at the bottom.
It would be tight but should work.
 
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