Happy 4th to peeps in the USA, and a good day to our international friends!!!
I got a rig a week ago for free and from what I've been told, it's a "Mid" Tier gaming rig from people on these forums.....I can run most games with settings set back.
I've decided what GPU I'm upgrading to for now.....
However, next few months, I will want a new CPU and Motherboard. I have a decent grasp on GPU's but am clueless when it comes to CPU's
CPU: AMD Phemon II X4 955 @ 3.2Ghz
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500A-LED 92mm Blue Led w/ Arctic Silver thermal paste
Motherboard: Asrock Extreme3 870 w/ Sata3 and USB 3.0
GPU: EVGA FPB Geforce GTX 460 768mb Upgrading to Gtx 65O ti Boost
Case: BRAND NEW Thermaltake Chaser A31 w/ (4) 120mm Fans, 3 are blue led
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M600 Modular
RAM: Corsair XMS3 6gb DDR3 1333
SSD: OCZ 60gb SSD
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 640gb SATA 6.0gb/s
OS: Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
Obviously, I want to keep the case....RAM, SSD, HD, GPU and Power Supply . I cannot afford to start with new components on each build......
I'm not drawn to AMD or Intel as I dont know anything......I want my next upgrade for Cpu to last at least 2 years.......I don't have a ton of money
Okay... You may have to replace the RAM, as tri-channel RAM is not supported in most current motherboards; however, that should only be $50 or so. What is your limit (in terms of budget) on this upgrade?
For gaming, the graphics card Is all important. Your GTX650ti is an improvement, but not so significant that you will be really Wowed.;
My suggestion would be to upgrade the graphics card to a GTX760 or even 770 and keep the X4 a bit longer.
You did not mention your budget, but if you wanted to upgrade, the cpu, you are looking at a motherboard upgrade too.
The x4 is reasonably capable, but at higher price points, the intel cores are faster on a clock for clock basis.
Perhaps a i5-3350P or 3570K and a z77 based motherboard.
You could OC your Phenom II to get more juice out of it. Unless you want to get an FX 8320 or i5 3470 I don't see any real reason to upgrade, since I don't think an i3 3220 or FX 6300 would be a worthy upgrade. I also think if you get a new CPU and motherboard you should invest in more RAM as well.
I guess whatever is the most "Future Proof" and cost effective with what I have....
I can keep the mother board/cpu combo for now and than spend 200.00 on a GPU. I will have to do it in stages.....
Unfortunatly I cant tackle all areas at once!!!
My temps are always low according to SpeedFan.......The Motherboard I have has a "Overclock" Feature on it that I always turn on....Idle Cpu temp is around 30-32. Under load (If thats what it's called when running a game etc) is 47
So maybe I should go the overclocking route??? I DEF cannot afford to burn this thing up lol.....
I have 150-200 right now to upgrade one component......Thats about it for now!!!!
I didn't realize that my CPU is not as bad as a I thought!!!
To help clarify your options, run these two tests:
a) 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.
b) Limit your cpu, either by reducing the OC, or, in windows power management, limit the maximum cpu% to something like 50%.
This will simulate what a lack of cpu power will do.
Go to control panel/power options/change plan settings/change advanced power settings/processor power management/maximum processor state/
set to 50% and see how you do.
If your FPS drops significantly, it is an indicator that your cpu is the limiting factor, and a cpu upgrade is in order.
It is possible that both tests are positive, indicating that you have a well balanced system, and both cpu and gpu need to be upgraded to get better gaming FPS.