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Upgrading my GPU CPU and motherboard

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April 29, 2013 4:48:59 AM

Hello and thanks for taking the time to read this. I'm a total noob when it comes to upgrading hardware. I'm a big gamer though so I'm looking to get the most FPS out of this upgrade. I'd really like to run planetside 2 on the highest settings possible while getting really good frame rates.

I'd like to stick with Intel and a name brand graphics card like EVGA or something, I'd also like to invest the most into the graphics card itself since that is what I'm guessing would give me the best FPS

This is a list of what I currently have:
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTS 250
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50GHz
4 Sticks of DDR3 2GBs a stick
700 Watt power supply
Motherboard: Unknown (it came with the prebuilt ASUS computer model: CG5270

I'd like to spend at maximum around 375-400

If you do offer up a list of links let me know if I would need fans with any kind of new set-up while I'm a noob when it comes to all of the above stuff I'm even more of a noob when it comes to the cooling side. I really have no idea how those even work to be honest or what would even fit inside my case.

Again thanks for taking the time to read it and I hope some of you can help!

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April 29, 2013 5:50:59 AM

You have a couple options as I see it.

1. The half-arsed platform upgrade.
$400 isn't much for what your after, and from what your upgrading from probably isn't enough if you want anything decent.
You could get a Core i3-3220, a H77 mobo and 8GB of 1600Mhz RAM. Then add $100 for a new copy of Windows I bet you didn't know this would incur.
That leaves $60 for a new graphics card, which really wont get you anything worth buying.
Not even considering that the PSU is probably low quality and you will want to replace that, generic units have a tendency to die with a bang and bring everything with it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.54 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $340.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-29 08:43 EDT-0400)

2. Long term haul.
Throw on a stronger graphics card, new PSU and have it bottlenecked until you can then afford the above to do later on. This will get you better performance in the short term, and when you upgrade later on the full potential of the new card will be unlocked.

3. Save up and build a new rig.
That rig is fairly old, and upgrading it will essentially result in a whole new computer. So cut the intention of upgrading that computer, and build a new one outright. Save up until you can afford to spend closer to $1000, and you can make yourself a very respectable gaming machine.

EDIT:
Bumping isnt allowed on these forums, and the threads only an hour old. Hasn't even fallen below the first couple of topics.
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April 29, 2013 6:03:24 AM

Your platform is fine for now - I suggest getting a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 and overclock that CPU to 3.0GHz at least. Spend the rest of your budget on a great graphics card like the GTX 670. You can upgrade your platform when you start seeing your framerate dip below 30 in whatever games you play.
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