Upgrading my current PC

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.

Update :

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.

1 Comment

  1. Glenn (stickus)

    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.


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