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July 14, 2013 4:06:29 PM

Hey looking to spend about 350-400 for an upgrade.

Currently have...
CPU: phenom ii x4 955 @4.0
GPU: radeon 6850

Wondering if i should grab a i5-4670k and z87 mobo (about 360)
or picking up a radeon 7950 or nvidia 670

Im kind of leaning towards cpu/mobo and getting a better gpu later, but not sure.

Any suggestions?

For current and future pc titles.

thanks in advance.

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July 14, 2013 4:22:41 PM

Depending on your windows version a mb upgrade usually means a new copy of windows too

and if your RAM is rated for higher than 1.5 volts it would void the warranty on the processor .
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July 14, 2013 4:24:50 PM

I would keep your current CPU and motherboard and invest in a new GPU. It will depend on the games you play and what resolution you play them at, but that would likely give you a lot better value. It's sad to say, but the 4 year old Phenom is actually still pretty viable. Especially since you are running at 4Ghz.

The 6850 is a pretty weak card for modern games at decent settings.

The GTX 760 is a pretty good value at $250 and you could put the other $150 back for a CPU upgrade down the road.
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July 14, 2013 4:26:35 PM

i have an extra copy of win 8 sitting around and my ram will be fine. just cant decide between what to upgrade first.
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July 14, 2013 4:35:15 PM

What mobo do you have now? If it is a decent one (i.e. has SATA 6Gb/s, and 5200MT/s; vs. only SATA 3Gb/s and/or 2000MT/s), then your system has some life left in it. Grab something like a GTX760: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Make sure your PSU is up to the task; use the money this card leaves in your upgrade budget to replace that if necessary.
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July 14, 2013 4:42:48 PM

GreyMachine said:
i have an extra copy of win 8 sitting around and my ram will be fine. just cant decide between what to upgrade first.


Buddy , your CPU is not bad ... you should Upgrade your GPU first to something like HD 7870 or GTX 760

then keep some money for an CPU Upgrade ...

you should be fine with Your CPU + HD 7870 for 230 ~ 250 $ for decent games !!

Btw , what Rams Are you using ? how many GB ?
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July 14, 2013 5:15:28 PM

Thanks for the answers, looks like the consensus is to stick with my 955 and pick up a new gpu. thanks i appreciate the responses.
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