I've 6 years old PC with i3 3320, gigabyte h61m-s motherboard, 500gb hdd, 4gb ram, and garbage psu

rohiteshwar36

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I'm planning to upgrade to play high end games in medium to high settings with good fps and which graphics card is the best for it? Is there a need for ssd? Do I need to upgrade ram? And suggest me a good psu
 

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First thing I would do is get an I7-3570 or a I7-3770 to get that 4core/8thread compared to your 2core/4 thread to handle all those games
secondly I would bump your ram to 2x8gb DDR-1600 for total 16gb
thirdly I would get an SSD to make your OS run better and faster
Lastly I would get either a 1060 6gb for 1080p or 1070ti for 4K gaming

Now all this will depend on the power supply you currently have, do you have make and model of your PSu ?


ref:
https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H61M-S-rev-10#sp
https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H61M-S-rev-10#support-cpu
 

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I7 3570 or 3770 is too costly here and can buy 2 i7 7700 processors for that money...I think the processor has got old and there is no stock of it ... Hence got costlier,... For this I would change my mother board. What do u say?
 

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I assume you meant i3 3220.
If the old i5 3570 or i7 3770 are too expensive for you then you should just keep the i3 and get a better GPU
Yes, it will bottleneck in many modern AAA games but you will still see a noticeable improvement.
A gtx 1060 should be good enough
 
Where to start....

1. I think I would first start with the graphics card.
As a test, Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.
If you are budgeting about $150 for a card, a GTX1050ti will run off of slot power and not need a psu replacement.
What is the make/model of your psu?

2. 4gb of ram is simply not enough.
8gb will be minimum.
If your current kit is 2 x 2gb, you will need to replace it with 2 x 4gb or a 2 x 8gb kit.
If you have a single 4gb stick, you could take a chance by adding a similar additional 4gb stick.
Such compatibility os not 100% guaranteed, more like 90%.

3. When it comes time to upgrade the processor, you have some choices.
Your I3-3320(you mean i3-3220) has 4 threads and a passmark rating of 4230 and a single thread rating of 1761.
It is the single thread rating that is most important for most games.
The i3-3220 is a surprisingly good gamer.

Here is a list of processors that your H61 motherboard can support.
https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H61M-S-rev-10#support-cpu

The strongest will be a I7-7700K.
It is an 8 thread processor with a passmark rating of 12096 and a single thread rating of 2581.
You will probably need to pay $250 for a used one on ebay.

If you are inclined to upgrade to a more modern platform, then your options are ryzen or intel kaby or coffee lake.
Ryzen was popular because you got many threads for a decent price.
But, for gaming, 2-3 threads is sufficient for most games and the superior single thread performance of Intel is better for most games.
A $85 G4600 has a passmark rating of 5141 and a single thread rating of 2052.
$190 buys you a 4 thread i3-8350K with a rating of 9641/2408.
On the ryzen side,
$130 buys you a 4 thread 1300x with a rating of 7328/1860
$200 buys you a 12 thread ryzen 1600 with a rating of 12335 and a single thread rating of 1831.
In any of those cases, you will need a new motherboard in the $70-$150 range
and DDR4 ram at $75 for 8gb.
 

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