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Upgrading PC for Gaming-- Need help picking components

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October 7, 2013 2:24:36 PM

Hello,

I'll be receiving a spare computer from a buddy of mine who no longer has use for it in a few days. He says it plays WoW rather well on medium settings, and I'm wondering what it would take to play other games (I play Diablo III, Skyrim, Farcry 3, among some others) on high settings without worrying about lag? Here are the specs he's sent me:

320gig sata drive
600w Enermax Power Supply
ATI HD 5770 video card
6gig DDR 2 1333 ram
TA760G M2+ AM2 mainboard
Zalman Coolmax Heatsink
Core Duo 270 AM3 CPU 3.4ghz

I'm aiming for $300 or less (if possible), and plan on buying all my parts within the next 3 months (or less).

Thanks in advance for your time and help. If I've mistakenly posted this in the wrong place, do please let me know and I'll move it.
October 7, 2013 2:34:19 PM

you seem to have bad info because a core duo processor was not socket AM3 and never would have been close to 3.4 GHz. So can you find out what kind of processor you really have?
October 7, 2013 2:40:23 PM

sammyssb said:
you seem to have bad info because a core duo processor was not socket AM3 and never would have been close to 3.4 GHz. So can you find out what kind of processor you really have?


It's an AMD Athlon II X2 270 Dual-Core Processor, which is listed as being able to socket an AM3 and hitting 3.4GHz on the AMD website.
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October 7, 2013 2:47:38 PM

eledra said:
sammyssb said:
you seem to have bad info because a core duo processor was not socket AM3 and never would have been close to 3.4 GHz. So can you find out what kind of processor you really have?


It's an AMD Athlon II X2 270 Dual-Core Processor, which is listed as being able to socket an AM3 and hitting 3.4GHz on the AMD website.


oh okay. you just said it was a core duo so i was confused. Okay so you can stick with the processor for now. I think you will want to get a new motherboard, RAM, and graphics card. Does that sound like something you would be interested in doing? if so i can make you a list
October 7, 2013 2:51:13 PM

sammyssb said:
eledra said:
sammyssb said:
you seem to have bad info because a core duo processor was not socket AM3 and never would have been close to 3.4 GHz. So can you find out what kind of processor you really have?


It's an AMD Athlon II X2 270 Dual-Core Processor, which is listed as being able to socket an AM3 and hitting 3.4GHz on the AMD website.


oh okay. you just said it was a core duo so i was confused. Okay so you can stick with the processor for now. I think you will want to get a new motherboard, RAM, and graphics card. Does that sound like something you would be interested in doing? if so i can make you a list


Sorry! I'd be interested depending on how much it would end up costing
October 7, 2013 2:52:41 PM

do you have a budget i could work with?
October 7, 2013 2:52:52 PM

and it's okay!
October 7, 2013 2:55:44 PM

$300 or less would be ideal
October 7, 2013 3:01:00 PM

okay, i'll make one for you and post it in not too long.

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October 7, 2013 3:27:34 PM
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http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sammyssb/saved/2x8g so that is what i was thinking. If you could throw in a little more money and go with a 7870 GHz edition or even a 7950 then that would be even better but the 7870 is very good card. Now you may also want to consider getting another hdd to run along with your current one with windows on it, to use as storage. You can find 1TB drives on sale for about $60 usually just look around. Now at some point you will also want to swap out that processor for something more along the lines of a FX-6300 because the CPU you currently have will cause a bottleneck on the cpu. So that will cost about $100 but you will see a lot more performance.
October 10, 2013 1:55:57 PM

Thank you!
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