I put this together back in early 2014 when most of the parts were on sale or gotten with my tax return. So far no problems with compatibility or instability. Most games made up to 2015 played pretty well on mostly high settings.

As of late I'm experiencing slowdowns in some newer games and a bit of microstutter. I mainly play on two 16x9(720p) 60hz HP monitors and usually keep settings down to a modest level, i.e. high to medium, in most games.

An upgrade is imminent and I am in need of advice as to where to start upgrading.


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What kind of budget do you have? What is the primary use if this computer?

The first place to look if you're gaming is your graphics card.

  • 44 months ago
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Budget for an upgrade is no more than $500 for now, tax time though probably $2k+. I'm not sure if I should stick with AMD or go with NVidia as far as power per dollar. A Lot of people say stay AMD if you want budget but the 970s are dropping in price as the new 10 series rolls out.

I mainly use this for home gaming and don't really care for 4k or 144hz refresh rates. I play a broad range of games but mostly single player(anything from MGSV:TPP to Stardew Valley) or casual multiplayer(CS:GO casual to The Division).

I'm also hearing monitors are a big area for upgrades as well but I'm not sure where to start there as well seeing as some 1080p 20in+ monitors go for upwards of $300.

Thanks for your input!

  • 44 months ago
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GGG! (Good Gaming Gear! :D)

  • 44 months ago
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Thank you, I have one of the new Logitech wheels as well, the G920, with the H-Shifter. I'm kind of a logitech fan :V

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 390 8GB Nitro Video Card $317.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Acer H236HLbid 23.0" 60Hz Monitor $159.00 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $476.99
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-06 15:16 EDT-0400

I'd say that this is a pretty good place to start. Optionally, you could wait for the Nvidia GTX1070 for even more performance, but this is a good upgrade if you want to build right this minute.