I am in need of an upgrade to my entire system but first I only have the cash to start with a GPU.
To start my current components are:
CPU: AMD Althlon II X2 250 Processor 3.0 GHz
GPU: GeForce GT 610
Motherboard: MSI kn6pgm2-v2
Power Supply: I think its a Corsair 500w (recently upgraded)
So basically I want to start building around a new GPU. Specificly this GPU: Radeon R9 270X 2GB. I know I will see a massive bottleneck in performance until I am able to upgrade my CPU, Motherboard, and RAM. I mainly want to know if this GPU will be even compatible then even worth putting into this system and if I will see an improvement in gaming. I run on a 24in LG Moniter at 1920x1080 and I can barely play Counter-Strike Source on medium settings without getting FPS drops of 5 fps at times. I currently am forced to play all my games windowed at 1600x900 most at low setting. I play Skyrim, World or Warcraft and many other steam games. I plan to continue to upgrade and replace components until I have a decent gaming PC. Right now I can only start with one component really and the GPU seems to be the worst of my problems.
Please let me know if my MotherBoard and Processor will support/ be compatible with the Radeon R9 270X.
Thanks ahead of time for reading my thread.
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Unless you intend to keep it around as a backup, one thing you might do is get a HD7750 or HD7770 for it, which would be more balanced to the current CPU, then sell the whole thing later for $200-$300 as an entry-level or kiddie gamer (or homework PC).
@Onus, I plan to put all the old components into an old tower I have and using it for a backup or guest PC. However upgrading it is a good idea once I get that far.
@ingtar33 I found that the 7950 seems to be about a $250 card and the 270x hovers around $200. And thanks for letting me know that the MotherBoard will be compatible so I can use it until I am able to upgrade more.
I eventually want a PC that will handle BF4 decently and starting with a good GPU seemed to be the best start.