New GPU and Monitor – Oh my god
I’ve just installed an MSI Geforce GTX 750 ti Overclocked on my off-the-shelf PC and it’s like I’m playing a whole new DayZ. I’m finally able to play DayZ on high settings with more than 40 FPS. Previously I was playing it on Low/Medium and I’d get on average 20 frames per second, with frequent drops to 5 or 10. It was unbearable and the whole reason I stopped playing for a few months.
The 750 ti is compatible with Nvidia Shadow Play, so I can record gameplay that way with little hit to performance. I’m really excited. I’ve started playing other games which I had been holding off and I’m having a blast. I might start recording some video and uploading to YT if I have time.
I’m also waiting on a BENQ 24-inch monitor which should also be pretty awesome.
A Simple Upgrade
If you’re considering upgrading your PC and wondering what are some viable options, here’s what my PC has in it and what I did to it:
I have a store-bought HP Pavillion which I got in early 2013 for video capturing and editing. It’s a more-than-decent PC, but it was lacking on the graphics. It had AMD Radeon integrated graphics (TL;DR: shit), but it also came with a quad-core AMD A-8 5500 3.2 GHz processor, 8 GB DDR-3 RAM, a 300W power supply, and a 1TB hard drive. All-in-all, not too bad.
I knew the first upgrade I would have to do was a GPU. I had originally wanted to get a GTX 760 ti, but that would mean the 300W PSU I had would not be enough. I really didn’t want to spend more money and effort, so I started looking for other GPUs. I know AMD makes some kick-ass video cards, but I really wanted to go with Nvidia for the Shadow Play and better performance on the games I play.
I ended up looking on Craigslist and found a lightly-used MSI GTX 750 ti for sale close by. You can find them pretty cheap if you get lucky, which I guess I did because I got it for $90 and it’s in like-new condition.
I guess I won’t be doing anything else to this PC. I think I’d rather build a brand-new one next time. This one will do for a long while though; I’m pretty pumped with it.
Parts List on PCPartPicker
If you want to build something similar to what I have, or you just want to know what it would take to build it, check out the Parts List on PCPartPicker.com. The parts listed on there are as close as I could find, and some are even better and cheaper than what’s in my PC. You seriously overpay when you buy a PC off-the-shelf.