Upgrade - budget future proofing

I created an upgrade post about a year ago but I never got around to upgrading my rig because I wanted to wait and so what next gen was about and what it meant for PC gaming. I want to build a rig that would be slightly future proof when it comes to gaming, however whilst I'd love to grab 2 titans and be done with it but I'm still on a budget of some sorts (~£500/$800) so the cheaper the better. I use my current PC for gaming, but I also work with 3D modelling applications as well. This is my current rig, I wouldn't mind reusing parts if possible:

CPU - AMD Athlon II X3 450
MB - Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3 MA770
GPU - MSI Geforce GTX 460 OC
RAM - 4GB (2x2GB)
HDD - 500GB Seagate Barracuda
PSU - 530W
Case - Cooler Master Elite 430 Midi tower
OS: Windows 7 64bit
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  1. First off, if you'll probably want to add 4 more gb of RAM. As for the gpu, the GTX 700 series is high performance, but is also great for overclocking which will help it keep up with gpu's a few years from now. You'll want the same out of your CPU. Overclocking can be sort of a catch 22, because it will also decrease the life of your CPU if you go too hard. Some mobos, like asus z77s and 87s, will automatically oc it to a safe level. For the hardrive, you'll be fine with the one you have now.
  2. Thanks for the response, what CPU would you recommend, I know Nvidia cards are best with Intel processors but I know that Intel CPUs are more expensive then AMDs. Just want to know what combination would be best for my budget.
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116502
    This is probably the best bet. I wouldn't recommend getting the absolute best cpu now, rather getting a solid mid-range every couple of years. Technology just improves so drastically, the best one year might be at the bottom the next.
  4. I'd love to get an i7 but it would really stretched my budget, I'm guessing a budget future proof rig isn't really realistic.
    I've been searching other posts and different site and I came up with this build:

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
    HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
    Mobo: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    GPU: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case
    PSU: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply
    I was think I'd reuse my HDD and Optical drive.

    I'm kind of leaning more towards AMD then Intel due to pricing.
  5. For budget AMD is probably the way to go. And Nvidias and Radeons are exactly the same, so whatever works better price wise.
  6. I would probably go with this gpu: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42763kr
    Because it's cheaper and stronger.

    This psu: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9
    Because it's higher quality.

    Do you need an OS as well? If you change motherboard, you'll have to reinstall the OS if you still plan to use the HDD.
  7. Thanks for the responses, the GTX 760 you recommended is slightly more expensive in the UK then the 7950, also I kind of want something with 3gb memory since it seems more high end games require more Vram (bf4), I don't really know much about GPU so any alternative (better/cheaper) suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for the PSU suggestion, I will opt for that one.

    I'm sorted for an OS, just wanted to know do I need to wipe my current HDD before reusing it for this new build?

    Also I'm just curious but what do people did with their old PC parts?
  8. If you're playing at 1080p, 2gb of VRAM is plenty enough, even though BF4 recommends 3gb. You never need more than 2gb unless you go into higher resolutions.
    If you change motherboards and stick with the same HDD, you have to format it which will wipe out everything and reinstall windows.
    That kind of varies. Some people sell it, others just leave it to collect dust. Or give it to their friends/relatives.
  9. Ah ok, thanks. Any suggestions for an alternative to the HD 7950, I know you suggested the GTX 760 but it would really be stretching my budget as for some reason its more expensive in the uk. Or should I just stick with the 7950?
    Thanks for answering the other questions, really appreciate it.
  10. That's fine. The 7950 is still a great card.
    I would try to get this version of the 7950: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r79502pmd3gd5oc
    It's from a better brand with better cooling. XFX tends to have horrible cooling on their cards.
  11. Right I'll opt for the MSI version, I think I'm all set now, thanks for all the responses.

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
    HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
    Mobo: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
    RAM: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    GPU: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case
    PSU: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
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