37 months ago
Some background information to start:
Built this computer about three years ago on a fairly modest budget. It's my first gaming pc and my experience with it has been hit-or-miss. Some games ran and looked great. Some... Did not. (looking at you, Arkham Knight) It seems that nowadays pc hardware updates so often it's almost a fool's errand to try and keep up. What was considered mid-range hardware just a few years ago is now considered grandpa-ware unfit for the games of today. And even those of us with powerful rigs struggle with poorly optimized games. On top of that, there seems to be no love for AMD.
That being said, I want to improve my experience. I've learned that 45 fps on low-medium settings isn't enough for me like I believed it would be back when I was a naive console gamer. In fact, anything <60 fps on a computer monitor is jarring imo. Maybe I'm just jaded. Maybe I just need a monitor smaller than 1920 X 1080 or one that doesn't make games look so choppy when their framerates drop under its refresh rate.
I think this was probably all triggered by the release of Gears 4. Everyone says it looks and runs amazing but not only are half my textures funky, my framerate plummets at the drop of a shock grenade in horde. (Although my fps is admittedly 50-60 most of the time) Even though my rig is benchmarking the way it should for that game, according to its developer.
TL;DR: I don't think I've gotten enough bang for my buck. What would you all suggest as the first, most essential improvements to my rig? I have a few hundred dollars I can part with. Budget aside, let me know what you think.
Thanks in advance and please don't be an arse.