Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

around $300 for CPU, Mobo, and RAM upgrade.

Last response: in Components
Share
October 20, 2013 7:51:40 AM

Hi, as the title say, i have $300 to upgrade my CPU, Mobo, to buy new ram. I currently have a i7 870 which i have OCd to 3.3Ghz, with turbo i reach around 3.6Ghz. I now want to upgrade since I will be giving my current CPU, mobo and ram to my dad. So for my budget, what would you guys recommend? I predominantly game with the system, if it means anything, Thanks
a b à CPUs
October 20, 2013 7:56:13 AM

$276 after rebates, $303 initial cost, gaming with price/performance in mind.

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($17.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $275.97

This six core CPU can overclock pretty well, the aftermarket heatsink will help with that (if you really want to overclock like crazy, get an EVO 212 but it will cost $20 more). Snappy 1866 Cas 9 dual channel memory and a feature rich ATX board with great reviews. Hope this helps.
m
0
l
a c 81 à CPUs
October 20, 2013 8:03:18 AM

I like robax91's build. but I'd get the Evo instead of the TX3. And still under budget.
m
0
l
Related resources
a b à CPUs
October 20, 2013 8:18:46 AM

envy14tpe said:
I like robax91's build. but I'd get the Evo instead of the TX3. And still under budget.


Yea, it is nice but I assumed he only had 300 to spend, I did mention it tho. Also, to the OP, you can check out these two guides, if everyone read these two quick guides, there would be 1/2 as many posts about what CPU/GPU to pick... Tom's does its homework:

CPU guide: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

GPU guide: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
m
0
l
October 20, 2013 8:19:56 AM

sorry forgot to mention, i already have the CM hyper 212X... could i reallocate those $20 somewhere?... also i think that i could go abit over 300... maybe 350 tops.... Also is intel really better than AMD when it comes to gaming??? because alot of people keep recomending the i5's...
m
0
l

Best solution

a b à CPUs
October 20, 2013 8:27:39 AM

shashankkarthikeyan said:
sorry forgot to mention, i already have the CM hyper 212X... could i reallocate those $20 somewhere?... also i think that i could go abit over 300... maybe 350 tops.... Also is intel really better than AMD when it comes to gaming??? because alot of people keep recomending the i5's...


Uh well for the price, that FX-6300 is pretty sick, but if you just want to spend more then.....

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $362.97

This set up for a single GPU config is pretty darn hard to beat, but if you have a weak GPU then the most powerful CPU in the world won't help you get better frame rate. You have to balance them, but it terms of raw power for around $350, this is what I bought... I have a 3570k at 4.3Ghz and it laughs at anything I throw at it.

Edit- AND IT OVERCLOCKS. Needed to add that.
Share
October 20, 2013 8:30:28 AM

thanks.... looks like thats what im going with then.
m
0
l
!