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Big performance gain?
03-19-2012, 11:24 AM,
#1
Big performance gain?
is it possible to look at what I have now and simply tell me what is the lowest tier of gaming pc that would at LEAST double my performance?
I have the pc below with a couple of upgrades as listed:

Gateway® LX6810 desktop series.
Operating System Genuine Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium
Processor1 Intel® Core™2 Quad processor (1333 MHz FSB)
Chipset NVIDIA® nForce® 720i (MCP7A-D)
Memory1 8 GB of DDR2 800 MHz SDRAM (dual-channel)
Hard Drive1 Serial ATA hard disk 581gb
Optical Drive SuperMulti drive with Labelflash™ technology DVD-ROM drive
Media Card Reader Pop-up 15-in-one card reader with Smart Copy button
Graphics PCI Express® 2.0 ×16 graphics card support
Radeon HD 6870 1Gb
Embedded high-definition audio with 7.1-channel surround sound support
Network Support LAN: Gigabit Ethernet
WLAN: IEEE 802.11b/g1 (internal antenna option)
Modem1 56K ITU V.92, Wake-on-Ring ready
Pop-Up Front I/O Ports 15-in-1 media card reader
Two USB 2.0 ports1
Pop-Out Front I/O Ports IEEE 1394 port (6-pin)1
High-definition headphone and microphone jacks
RCA Analog Video/Audio Input Ports1
Other Front Features Smart Backup button
Power button with integrated LED
Rear I/O Ports Four USB 2.0 ports
Two PS/2 ports (keyboard and mouse)
Ethernet (RJ-45) LAN port
Six audio ports
All video (display) ports are on the graphics card
Add-In Card Slots One PCI Express 2.0 ×16
One PCI Express 2.0 ×1
Two PCI 2.0 conventional
Power Supply 650watt
BIOS AMI PnP BIOS compatible with SMBIOS 2.4
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03-19-2012, 11:42 AM,
#2
RE: Big performance gain?
Tier 7 would be it.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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03-19-2012, 05:40 PM,
#3
RE: Big performance gain?
wow, I'm shocked, so this stock gateway that I upgraded the video card and power supply on would compare to a tier 3-4? I was sure it was further back then that,lol, guess maybe I dont need a new pc after all. Thanks for the help as usual mathieuB
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03-19-2012, 05:44 PM,
#4
RE: Big performance gain?
(03-19-2012, 05:40 PM)Jericho3K Wrote: wow, I'm shocked, so this stock gateway that I upgraded the video card and power supply on would compare to a tier 3-4? I was sure it was further back then that,lol, guess maybe I dont need a new pc after all. Thanks for the help as usual mathieuB

Depending on what you want with the PC, take for example, gaming, you might just upgrade the GPU. If you wanted processing power then that takes a bit more money since you'd replace ram, processor, mobo, heatsink etc.
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03-19-2012, 06:59 PM,
#5
RE: Big performance gain?
(03-19-2012, 05:40 PM)Jericho3K Wrote: wow, I'm shocked, so this stock gateway that I upgraded the video card and power supply on would compare to a tier 3-4? I was sure it was further back then that,lol, guess maybe I dont need a new pc after all. Thanks for the help as usual mathieuB

It's closer to Tier 2 actually. It's just that you need that much more power to actually get twice the performance.

Upgrading your video card was a wise move, but you'll want to upgrade the rest this time, otherwise your CPU will bottleneck any future video card upgrade.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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