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Should I upgrade??? - justjosh42 - 09-08-2013

Hey there guys. It's been 2-3 years since I was in the system builder game and I just don't know whats what anymore. There was a time when I knew it all but sadly those days are long gone.

My current system is:
MSI H55M-E33
Intel i7 870
8GB 1333 RAM
NVidia GTS 450

I only have a 21" monitor that maxes out at 1366x768

I have been considering building a new gaming rig or at least upgrade a component or two. Clearly with this MB my only options seem to be to upgrade the vid card but anything else would be a full system build. I noticed that in the 600-800 dollar range the components (with the exception of the vid card) seem to all be less than what I currently have. Less RAM, i3 or i5 vs. my i7. I also don't intend to get a new monitor in the near future so I will be running no more than 1366x768 for a while now.

Should I just get a new vid card and run with what I've got and wait till I'm ready to move in to 1080p gaming THEN make the new build? I know it's a very personal decision but if I want to drop a few hundred bucks (up to 800 without changing my monitor) would I just be throwing money away by keeping my small screen?

I really appreciate your input thanks!

RE: Should I upgrade??? - sasikanth8 - 09-09-2013

A GPU upgrade would make your system ideal for gaming.
What is your PSU?

Should I upgrade??? - pedwards - 09-09-2013

Hey there.

Indeed its personal. May I ask the motivation of the upgrade? More performance? Increases fps for certain games?

Given that you mentioned the non expensive route would be gpu related, I wouldn't bother until you are ready to go 1080p.

Otherwise depends what you hope to get out of it.

RE: Should I upgrade??? - MathieuB - 09-09-2013

Well, a GTS 450 is an old and rather not powerful video card, while the CPU and RAM are good enough for another 2-3 years of use.

I'd upgrade the video card, assuming that you have a powerful enough PSU to handle that. With a more powerful video card, gaming at 1080p for 2-3 years shouldn't be a problem. You can then save money in the meantime, to build a complete build down the road.

Should I upgrade??? - mwhals - 09-09-2013

I also vote for video card and possibly a PSU if yours is not adequate for a more powerful video card.