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December 12, 2013 8:10:34 PM

I'm not really happy how my machine is running right now and I want to do some upgrades the thing is that I'm very new to this so I don't know what should I upgrade and to what first. I mainly use the machine for gaming.

Here are my specs:
AMD FX 6100
AMD 7750
4 GB RAM
MK III 600w Power supply

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December 12, 2013 8:20:04 PM

Well, what kind of performance are you not happy with? Gaming or just general system performance?

For gaming, the most cost effective way to improve performance is through buying a new graphics card.

For non-gaming, the best way is to upgrade the processor.

Finally, RAM upgrades are essential in certain situations, but you may not need more RAM. So, I would upgrade the RAM last, and only if you see very high "Memory Usage" percent in task manager.
(Which you could most likely lower with "Vista Services Optimizer." And yes, it works on Windows 7/8 too. I'm running it at this very moment. It's a handy tool!)

So, just consider what I've said. Also, for me to help, I need to know what kind of budget you have.
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December 12, 2013 8:28:41 PM

As of right now I can up to $500. and I'm not happy with either gaming and system performance but I much rather my PC run faster first so I'm thinking in upgrading the processor first and later the graphic cards, although if i can fit both in the 500 dollar budget and still have a good machine that would be awesome!
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December 12, 2013 8:34:07 PM

well, 7750 is a weak card..
Yes, for gaming, you should upgrade this parts first..
7870 or r9 270 will be a nice upgrade to your system..

For current modern app and games, 8 gb is the sweet spot of memory amount..then, upgrade this parts too..

For processor, well, yes, this is not the best gaming processor.
but it's have enough horse power to play any games..and with a good graphic card, you still gain good frames rate..
overclock your processor.
Bulldozer series is very overclockable..with a decent cooling system, you'll gain significant performance boost.
for bulldozer overclocking, you can read this guide =>http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte/46237-bulldozer-ov...
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December 12, 2013 8:37:58 PM

Juan Botero said:
As of right now I can up to $500. and I'm not happy with either gaming and system performance but I much rather my PC run faster first so I'm thinking in upgrading the processor first and later the graphic cards, although if i can fit both in the 500 dollar budget and still have a good machine that would be awesome!


well, for $500, you'll have a massive upgrade..
what is your current mobo...?

if you have a good mobo and support vishera, this one will be a good option..

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($255.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $505.95
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December 12, 2013 8:43:59 PM

Juan Botero said:
As of right now I can up to $500. and I'm not happy with either gaming and system performance but I much rather my PC run faster first so I'm thinking in upgrading the processor first and later the graphic cards, although if i can fit both in the 500 dollar budget and still have a good machine that would be awesome!


Seems doable! :) 

How about:
The FX-6300
The GTX 760
A Motherboard for overclocking
A cooler for overclocking

All together, it adds up to a little under $500 and would be a HUGE performance boost. If you're not comfortable with trying some reasonable overclocking, let me know and we'll take a look at something else.

The motherboard is only tacked on in case your motherboard isn't that great. That's why it would help to know the model. If you didn't have to get a new motherboard, getting some RAM couldn't hurt.

I recommended these parts because an Overclocked FX-6300 with a GTX 760 offers an awesome price to performance ratio.
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December 12, 2013 9:06:30 PM

My motherboard is the GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ CROSSFIRE USB3.0 SATA 3, and about the overclocking I'm not that tech savvy I was barely able to put what I have together so if it comes down to it I'll rather not get into uncharted waters!
By the way thanks for all the help and quick responses :) 
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December 12, 2013 9:18:36 PM

Juan Botero said:
My motherboard is the GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ CROSSFIRE USB3.0 SATA 3, and about the overclocking I'm not that tech savvy I was barely able to put what I have together so if it comes down to it I'll rather not get into uncharted waters!
By the way thanks for all the help and quick responses :) 


I completely understand :) 

Great board!

This means you don't have to worry about replacing your motherboard. So how about this:
The FX-8320
8 GB of RAM
The GTX 760

That slides in just under $500 at $499.97 :p  from Newegg.com and gets you some serious performance.
I'm checking now to see if your PSU will still have enough oomph to power it all.

EDIT: As far as I can calculate, your PSU will handle it. So, if that works for you, I strongly recommend the upgrade!
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December 12, 2013 9:29:49 PM

Juan Botero said:
My motherboard is the GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ CROSSFIRE USB3.0 SATA 3, and about the overclocking I'm not that tech savvy I was barely able to put what I have together so if it comes down to it I'll rather not get into uncharted waters!
By the way thanks for all the help and quick responses :) 


well..that's not very good motherboard for overclocking
http://forums.duke4.net/topic/6787-what-a-piece-of-shit...

but it should be able to handle fx8320 flawlessly..

well, fx class almost means overclocking..so, a 3rd party cpu cooler is a nice addition for your parts..
and..xfx 7950 is faster than gtx 760...:) 
fx8320 and 7950 is a sweetest combo..
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December 12, 2013 9:30:15 PM

DonQuixoteMC said:
Juan Botero said:
My motherboard is the GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ CROSSFIRE USB3.0 SATA 3, and about the overclocking I'm not that tech savvy I was barely able to put what I have together so if it comes down to it I'll rather not get into uncharted waters!
By the way thanks for all the help and quick responses :) 


I completely understand :) 

Great board!

This means you don't have to worry about replacing your motherboard. So how about this:
The FX-8320
8 GB of RAM
The GTX 760

That slides in just under $500 at $499.97 :p  from Newegg.com and gets you some serious performance.
I'm checking now to see if your PSU will still have enough oomph to power it all.



Quaddro said:
Juan Botero said:
My motherboard is the GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ CROSSFIRE USB3.0 SATA 3, and about the overclocking I'm not that tech savvy I was barely able to put what I have together so if it comes down to it I'll rather not get into uncharted waters!
By the way thanks for all the help and quick responses :) 


well..that's not very good motherboard for overclocking
http://forums.duke4.net/topic/6787-what-a-piece-of-shit...

but it should be able to handle fx8320 flawlessly..

well, fx class almost means overclocking..so, a 3rd party cpu cooler is a nice addition for your parts..
and..xfx 7950 is faster than gtx 760...:) 
fx8320 and 7950 is a sweetest combo..


That is great also I got another question if I end up getting the FX8320 should I use the heatsink that comes with it or can I keep using my 510LC asetek water cooler?
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December 12, 2013 9:32:16 PM

Juan Botero said:

That is great also I got another question if I end up getting the FX8320 should I use the heatsink that comes with it or can I keep using my 510LC asetek water cooler?


Since you aren't going to overclock, there's no sense spending more on a cooler you won't need. The stock fan will do ya' fine!

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December 12, 2013 9:36:49 PM

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and..xfx 7950 is faster than gtx 760...:) 
fx8320 and 7950 is a sweetest combo..


True :p 
But the 7950 is SO much more expensive!7950 vs. 760 is worth a $200 premium. (based on Newegg prices)

Plus it looks like the GTX 760 gets better in-game performance. (According to those benchmarks anyway)

EDIT: I must be looking at the wrong card on Newegg... It might be a duel gpu 7950 that I was seeing.
The 7950 looks like it will be cheaper, but won't perform quite as well. So, it's up to Juan to make that call :) 
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December 12, 2013 9:39:54 PM

I think I'm going to go with the 8320 and gtx 760! thanks to the both of you!, and finally you said my current power supply can handle that?
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December 12, 2013 9:45:55 PM

Juan Botero said:
I think I'm going to go with the 8320 and gtx 760! thanks to the both of you!, and finally you said my current power supply can handle that?


I would bet money on it! But just to make sure, check this out. If it calculates 600W or below, you'll be safe.

Happy to help!
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December 12, 2013 10:02:53 PM

DonQuixoteMC said:

True :p 
But the 7950 is SO much more expensive!7950 vs. 760 is worth a $200 premium. (based on Newegg prices)

Plus it looks like the GTX 760 gets better in-game performance. (According to those benchmarks anyway)



:D 
Yeah, please do a little research before suggesting something to someone..:D 

760 is a good card anyway..:) 

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