I’ve got an invoice for a PC I built in 2012, for around a grand. I want to figure out what’s the best upgrade path. Aiming for playable Star Citizen at 1920X1080. Any thoughts would be welcome.
The parts list from the invoice:
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 823MHZ 1024MB 4GHZ GDDR5 SLI Ready 2DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Video Card
Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus SLI Ready 120MM PWM Fan
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9 Vengeance 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1866 CL9-10-9-27 Memory Kit
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box
ASUS M5A99X Evo ATX AM3+ DDR3 AMD 990X 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 1PCI USB3.0 SATA3 GBLAN Motherboard
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive – Replaced with a different SSD after a failure.
I’ve doubled the Ram and installed a second SSD as my games drive, using my funds from my midnight moving service.
I’ve also swapped back to Windows 7, and most of the issues appear to be resolved.
Hrgh. Everything you have there, except the video card should handle SC pretty well. Double up your RAM of course, upgrade to a GTX 750 or AMD R9 series with a minimum of 2GB video RAM. Bam, instant SC machine.
Long term, that motherboard isn’t going to offer much more of an upgrade path, as AMD is moving to a new slot type with new processors. Easy to get 2 more years out of it with the current limits we’re running into with Moore’s Law. After that though, it’ll likely be time to retire this thing to file server duty.