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what should I upgrade to get the best gaming performance? (under 500 dollars)

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November 30, 2013 2:38:17 AM

Here are my specs:

AMD FX- 6100 (with CM Hyper 412s cooler)
NVIDIA GTX 560
8GB Corsair XMS3
1 TB WD Black
CM Silencio 550 case

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November 30, 2013 2:43:30 AM

you would need a new processor + mobo + gpu since the 3 you have are quite well balanced.
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November 30, 2013 3:08:51 AM

laviniuc said:
you would need a new processor + mobo + gpu since the 3 you have are quite well balanced.



what would you recommend? should i wait for ddr4 compatible motherboards/cpu or buy one now?
unfortunately my budget is not enough to upgrade all 3 of the parts so I can choose one.. :/ 
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November 30, 2013 3:34:31 AM

or if you can find an identical gpu to your current one you could sli them and wait for the next gen of processors / mobos/ gpus. this config will be a bit cpu bound though...

what do you have problems playing btw?
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November 30, 2013 4:37:58 AM

laviniuc said:
or if you can find an identical gpu to your current one you could sli them and wait for the next gen of processors / mobos/ gpus. this config will be a bit cpu bound though...

what do you have problems playing btw?


for example assassin's creed 4 works without any problems but Battefield 4 is reaching around 30fps avg. on medium settings.

would there be an increase in perfomance if I upgrade to a something like GTX 660 or would the CPU be bottlenecking the new GPU?
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November 30, 2013 4:06:52 PM

i dont think it would be worth the upgrade.... it just costs too much and the perf increase is too small to justify the price. if you find another NVIDIA GTX 560 to use in sli , yes, that would get you some reasonable gains for the cost.

my personal opinion would be to search for such a gpu and if you find one reasonably prices get one, if not bear with the lower settings till you upgrade on the next gen cpu/mobo/gpu-s. right now, you have a mid range build, but upgrading to a higher end simply means canning all your current cpu, gpu and mobo. they still have life in them for about 1-2 years.
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December 1, 2013 12:36:06 AM

laviniuc said:
i dont think it would be worth the upgrade.... it just costs too much and the perf increase is too small to justify the price. if you find another NVIDIA GTX 560 to use in sli , yes, that would get you some reasonable gains for the cost.

my personal opinion would be to search for such a gpu and if you find one reasonably prices get one, if not bear with the lower settings till you upgrade on the next gen cpu/mobo/gpu-s. right now, you have a mid range build, but upgrading to a higher end simply means canning all your current cpu, gpu and mobo. they still have life in them for about 1-2 years.


I looked into buying an additional graphics card so I can SLI but it would cost me the same as a new GTX 760..
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December 1, 2013 2:19:48 AM

that's too much i think... i think your best bet is to lower settings and bear with it a bit longer.
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December 9, 2013 11:13:48 AM

I had problems playing BF4 on medium with a GTX 560 ti. Upgraded to an MSI GTX 760 2gb for 250.00 and now I can run BF4 in ultra at 40-50 fps, and on high (which to me is about the same) at 50-70 fps. Very happy with the purchase. I'm running an intel i5 750 (2.6ghz) and 8gb ram. I would try upgrading the video card first, you should see major results. I think I heard somewhere that BF4 uses 4 cores on the processors, so invest on a good cpu later on. I'm saving for an i7 4770k.

Hope this helps.
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