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June 2, 2013 5:49:23 PM

Back in August, I built a PC with these specs: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

It has almost been a year and I'm looking forward to upgrading it later this summer. I'll be willing to spend about $300 - $500 dollars. I've had different opinions on the situation, some saying I should make the full switch to intel because it's better and will open the possibilities of upgrading again. Others have said that I should stick with amd since I already have it and have some heavy upgrades on ram, my video card, and maybe even add an ssd.

What specific parts should I get? Intel seems like a fine upgrade to me but will it be better than keeping what I have now and upgrading some other areas? Thank's!

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June 2, 2013 6:13:18 PM

without knowing what you are trying to do with your computer then any advice is a guess

but if you want gaming performance then add a powerful graphics card
Radeon 7870 , 7870XT , 7950 , nVidia GTX 660ti
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June 2, 2013 6:15:58 PM

Stay on AMD. Switching to Intel would be expensive, as you'd also have to replace the motherboard, if the processors themselves weren't expensive enough.

I'd recommend you upgrade your CPU to a new AMD FX series processor, they are AM3+ socket, so they're compatible with your current motherboard.

Aside from that, your GPU definitely needs an upgrade. I'd recommend either a HD 7850 or a GTX 660.

As for the SSD, there's not much point, but a small 60gb one would be fine just to hold the operating system.
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June 2, 2013 6:20:36 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $424.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-02 21:20 EDT-0400)

Here you go, bud.
FX-8350 (8-core, 4ghz), GTX 660 and a small SSD for OS.

If you wanted to spend a bit more, you could get a GTX 660 Ti or a 7870 instead, or a bigger SSD.
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June 3, 2013 3:35:55 AM

JRAtk94 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $424.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-02 21:20 EDT-0400)

Here you go, bud.
FX-8350 (8-core, 4ghz), GTX 660 and a small SSD for OS.

If you wanted to spend a bit more, you could get a GTX 660 Ti or a 7870 instead, or a bigger SSD.

What fan/heatsink should i buy for the cpu? I didn't buy one for my first build because it wasn't a very powerful cpu. And should I add any more ram?

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June 3, 2013 4:38:47 AM

You won't need an aftermarket heatsink unless you plan to do some serious overclocking - the stock one that comes with the processor is more than good enough for stock speeds and some intermediate overclocking.
And a RAM upgrade would be a good idea if you can afford it, but 4gb is enough for the time being, if you want afford it yet.
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