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Upgrading for games in 2012?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by zhengzhoudave, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. zhengzhoudave

    zhengzhoudave Master Guru

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    Hi all, I've just been reading the recommended specs for Mass Effect 3 and it got me thinking; How powerful does my rig actually need to be in 2012? I know that it'll run that pissy console port without any problems, if I can be bothered to play it (my social calender certainly has the room for it). However; with the exception of a few games, namely Crysis/2 maxed out and for some odd reason Skyrim and also if I'm honest the AA in BF3 my rig can handle it's games. It also looks set to handle pretty much everything on the calender in 2012 with relative ease. I'm not sure I will even need to upgrade at all this year?

    Will you be upgrading your GPU, perhaps to a 7970 or better, if the new Nvidia's are? Maybe you're thinking of a nice new Ivy Bridge or some more RAM? Or, do you think it's just an unessential expenditure for 2012? Are any games coming out I might have missed that will be pushing the hardware this year? and if so, what hardware?

    What will you be upgrading and more importantly, WHAT FOR? I suppose this is for people who can run stuff quite well right now!
     
  2. bdub5886

    bdub5886 Master Guru

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    Well I just upgraded my cpu,mb,and ram because I wanted to. The only thing I might upgrade is to a ssd. My 5850 still does a good job, its in the same category as your 6870. I also don't use alot of AA.
     
  3. Tat3

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    No idea, depends on what kind of settings, resolution and fps you want.

    Wait and see ? Upgrade if there is a need for it ?
     
  4. zhengzhoudave

    zhengzhoudave Master Guru

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    you got a 2500k, nice! best CPU for gaming value! I want an ssd, but not yet!
     

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    Guarantee your first boot up with an SSD is an "Ooohh....why didn't I do this earlier?" moment. Immediately noticeable difference.
     
  6. anf

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    upgrading for 2012

    I will be upgrading my 1090t phenom 6 core to a i7 2600k..... I have already gotten new motherboard and 16 gigs corsair ram.... I do not play real fancy games but have heard a lot about the better performance of i7 sandy bridges..
    I am sick of amd....also got a new haf 912 case peter kansas:pc1:
     
  7. OneMustFall

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    I pretty much upgraded already,might see what new cards will come out but im think im good to go for awhile.
    Maybe a new gaming key board only real thing i may need.
     
  8. Matt26LFC

    Matt26LFC Ancient Guru

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    ^^ Just picked up the Roccat Isku, not bad, not bad at all.
     
  9. pokerapar88

    pokerapar88 Ancient Guru

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    i5 2500k is as good as an i7 2600k for gaming. multitasking wise, i7 is the king. I will be upgrading to ivy bridge later on for the sake of lower wattage, temps and more OC headroom :)
    VGA wise, I will save for a couple of moths and get a nice high end card so i forget about upgrading it for a long time :)
     
  10. Matt26LFC

    Matt26LFC Ancient Guru

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    ^^ So far theres nothing in IB that suggest more OC headroom, people are i believe expecting around 5Ghz and not 5.5Ghz+ that some seem to think will happen.

    I for one hope it does, give me a bigger incentive to upgrade from this Hot Bloomfield :(
     

  11. Cambria

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    I will check out nvidias new hardware. But I dont really need to. My G80 is still doing just fine in the gaming world. Really wish I had got the 768MB version though, as the limited VRAM does show itself in some games.
     

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