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Usually I'm playing older, indier games. So it's not like I'm pushing it with recent AAA games.

But right now I'm playing Epistory on my seven year old PC and there was considerable lag and slowdown on the highest graphics settings. I had to move it down to medium. It's playable but still not as smooth as it should be.

It's finally time to seriously consider an upgrade.
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Always a pain when you have to do that...
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Seven years is a pretty good run. I usually buy a maximum spec machine and try and hold onto it for a decade.
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Let me know if you need help. I'll be back in Minnesota by July (early).

I'd be happy to plan something out and do a Microcenter run with you.

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Elida wrote:
Always a pain when you have to do that...


Nah, it's fun to build a new one.
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frumpish wrote:
Usually I'm playing older, indier games. So it's not like I'm pushing it with recent AAA games.

But right now I'm playing Epistory on my seven year old PC and there was considerable lag and slowdown on the highest graphics settings. I had to move it down to medium. It's playable but still not as smooth as it should be.

It's finally time to seriously consider an upgrade.
Ditto... AFAIK, many of the indie games etc. I've been playing, and would get back to later on would be playable on the Playstation 2 to PS3 generation hardware, or its equivalent. I've had games such as Castlestorm, Trine, Portal, Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime, and Defending Camelot run just fine on my current PC that's never been updated.

I've run AAA games on my PC, but def. nothing past medium settings...
1) Doom (the 2009 version.. the one with much updated graphics, and for some reason, you can't hold a pistol and a flashlight at the same time)

2) StarCraft 2: Wings Of Liberty


Problem is, my PC these days has taken a hit on performance, so I don't know if I'll bother with AAA games again. DEFINITELY **NOT** reinstalling Sc2 on my PC. Too much of a time sink. I think I'm MUCH better off playing this exclusively at a vg lounge/internet café. Doom... I should be able to play a console version of that at another vg center.
 
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Is it worth upgrading a piece or two or do I need to buy a new rig altogether?
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Seven years is a standard lifecycle for desktops. I've usually extended the life of desktops by upgrading the graphics cards. That usually gets me another three years. My children's computer, which I've had for over a decade, has just received its second graphics card upgrade, but I think it will be its last upgrade.

As long as everything else runs well (memory and processor is still good, hard drive doesn't crash, etc), then a graphics card upgrade usually helps extend the life of a computer. (keeping that harddrive clean is paramount though).
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There are a few things you can upgrade that will extend the life a bit...

As Patrick says, getting a new graphics card is probably the best option... you can also add more RAM, or add/replace the hard disk with an SSD (if you don't have one already).

It really depends where the "bottleneck" is in terms of performance. If the problem is the Processor, then you're more likely looking at a new rig because you'll end up having to replace the motherboard to utilise a newer processor.

The system requirements for Epistory are listed here, which might help you identify the bottleneck:
https://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/requirements/epis...
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wytefang wrote:
Elida wrote:
Always a pain when you have to do that...


Nah, it's fun to build a new one.


yah...for some...
I think mine is also nearing its end, but it only has three/four years on it. I go laptop, so I just buy what seems best for my use..
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Frumpish, you'd have to post your complete and exact specs for us to know for sure. Sometimes it's better to go all brand new (and easier, too).

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Frumpish, you'd have to post your complete and exact specs for us to know for sure. Sometimes it's better to go all brand new (and easier, too).

This. A piecemeal upgrade may be possible, but we really need full specs to know for sure. There's no point in just upgrading the graphics card if it will be bottlenecked elsewhere and you end up seeing no improvements in performance.
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Grimwold wrote:
It really depends where the "bottleneck" is in terms of performance. If the problem is the Processor, then you're more likely looking at a new rig because you'll end up having to replace the motherboard to utilise a newer processor.


Replacing the motherboard doesn't have to mean an all new rig. I've upgraded the CPU + motherboard twice in my system (Core i5-3570 -> Core i5-6500 -> Core i5-9500K; seems like three generations of CPU obsolescence is the limit for me) but at no point did I ever stop and say, "Okay, this is now a different system." I've also upgraded the GPU twice, the RAM once, and at one point I even swapped out the case (concurrent with the first mobo upgrade, I went from Micro ATX to Mini ITX), but I still consider it the same system.
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