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What can I do to improve gaming performance? Upgrade advice needed.

Last response: in Systems
November 12, 2013 2:25:11 PM

Hello, I have a kind of dated computer and I am able to squeeze some gaming performance out of it and I would like to know if my upgrade plan is a good choice.

Current specs:
EVGA Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 2GB (Non-Ti)
AMD phenom II x4 945
4GB 800mhz ddr2 RAM
ATX 750 psu
MSI M2N-SLI Deluxe mother board

These are the following parts I am planning on upgrading to. (Not sure to upgrade CPU or GPU)

Is this the best upgrade for me? Any help is great.
- Jonathan
a b 4 Gaming
a b à CPUs
November 12, 2013 2:29:30 PM

Get either 2x4GB or 2x8GB to take advantage of dual channel memory.
But yes that seems like a good upgrade for you.

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a b 4 Gaming
a c 143 à CPUs
November 12, 2013 2:43:18 PM

While a 970-series board is the one you want, the MSI board you've selected is not a good choice. Along with the other -G4x boards, it appears on a public Googledocs spreadsheet I am unable to link at work indicating that it has a history of problems with its weak VRMs. This one would be a better choice:
You will probably also want an aftermarket cooler, as the stock one will likely get extremely loud or be insufficient if you overclock. I use and recommend the Xigmatek Gaia over the more often parroted but slightly inferior Hyper212 EVO:

Unlike the Hyper212 EVO (ignore the URL; it IS the EVO they tested), the Gaia never throttled. Frostytech also found it to be quieter.
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