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i want to upgrade me 4year old PC for gaming

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March 16, 2013 9:59:37 AM

so i had a core 2 duo processor and 2 gb of ram and a Nvidia 8400gs . now due to new games and all i can not play much games ...

basically i want to upgrade my PC .. so i wanted to ask in processors which is better intel i3/i5 or AMD A10 5800k APU....

also what discrete graphics card will fit with it ? so which card should i buy... keeping in mind that AMD a10 5800k is an APU so one can add another radeon 7850 or something like that ... so which combo will give much performance.
AN intel CPU with Nvidia or radeon or AMD Crossfired with radeon ?

PS. the budget is < $400 or around it as i just want to upgrade RAM , cpu and GPU !

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a b 4 Gaming
March 16, 2013 10:14:24 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $392.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-16 13:14 EDT-0400)
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March 16, 2013 10:16:02 AM

Core 2 Duo is socket 775. So You will be looking at replacing the motherboard. SO you will need to decide whether you are going to go intel or amd, the highest level graphics that can be crossfired with the apu is 6670. If you added a 7850 it would act as an individual card and the processor would act as a processor. But as a processor alone the APU falls short in comparison.
So if you are planning on going over a 6670 for a graphics card which is what i would recommend if you could. I wouldn't go with the apu. so Having to replace your motherboard. we will need to know if you have a copy of a operating system. Because if you have a OEM version with your motherboard you will have to replace the operating system. so can you answer a few more questions like

-Do you own a Operating System
-What kind of games do you play
-What brand/wattage Power supply do you have now?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 16, 2013 10:27:16 AM

your also gonna have to upgrade your motherboard . my honest opinion is to save for a complete new build but here is a suggestion .
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/K59D
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/K59D/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/K59D/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($175.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($107.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $384.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-16 13:26 EDT-0400)
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March 16, 2013 11:24:37 AM

Assuming your PSU is adequate (please list this) I would like to second Screwy's option. It will give you the a great gaming experience.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 16, 2013 11:46:54 AM

Depending on which core 2 duo you have, you might be ok for gaming if you just replace the graphics card.
Try this test:
Run your games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely cpu limited.

and... buy another 2gb of ram. Shortage of ram can look like lack of cpu power.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 16, 2013 2:08:09 PM

geofelt said:
Depending on which core 2 duo you have, you might be ok for gaming if you just replace the graphics card.
Try this test:
Run your games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely cpu limited.

and... buy another 2gb of ram. Shortage of ram can look like lack of cpu power.


lower the resolution but not graphic detail settings as they can have an effect on CPU and GPU. Just lowering the resolution will only take load from the gpu.
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March 17, 2013 6:37:26 AM

tenaciousk said:
Core 2 Duo is socket 775. So You will be looking at replacing the motherboard. SO you will need to decide whether you are going to go intel or amd, the highest level graphics that can be crossfired with the apu is 6670. If you added a 7850 it would act as an individual card and the processor would act as a processor. But as a processor alone the APU falls short in comparison.
So if you are planning on going over a 6670 for a graphics card which is what i would recommend if you could. I wouldn't go with the apu. so Having to replace your motherboard. we will need to know if you have a copy of a operating system. Because if you have a OEM version with your motherboard you will have to replace the operating system. so can you answer a few more questions like

-Do you own a Operating System
-What kind of games do you play
-What brand/wattage Power supply do you have now?


hello i found your answer pretty helpful though and so i wanna ask you what would you have done to meet the today's game requirements ... cuz i wannna play games at least 1080p with all high settings (or ultra if possible) for new games such as farcry 3 and crysis 2/3 ...
so as you stated that motherboard needs to be upgraded ... and i now agree to you too .... but what would you have preferred an AMD apu woth dicrete graphics card or intel with discrete one too .. hows nvdia 650 paired with intel core i3/i5 with atleast 8 gb of RAM ?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 8:39:56 AM

I suggest you look for some benchmarks of the games you want to play.
Look at the resolutions and settings to see what components will give you the level of performance that is acceptable to you.
Here is one for farcry3. The cpu requirements are modest, but for graphics, you will need a high powered card.
Nvidia 650 will not do the job, but a i3 might.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/far-cry-3-performan...
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