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I need an upgrade path

I currently run the following:

AMD Phenom II 1090 Black
MSI Twin Frozr 560 Ti
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5
8Gb Corsair Vengeance RAM (9-10-9-24, 1866Mhz stock)
Corsair AX850 PSU
Corsair CH50 Water Cooler for the CPU
Thermaltake Level 10 GT case

I have not overclocked anything other than fiddling with the MSI setting on the card, which don't seem to do much and reset after every reboot.

My main problem seems to be my CPU having one core spike to 100% at times and freeze, like in the middle of a Mechwarrior Online match (CryEngine 2).

I run one monitor at 1920x1200 but would like to add another at 1600x1200.

I'm trying to figure out what components I need "right now" and what I can buy later on. I'm keeping the case and figure the cooler is fine too. The RAM might be good.

But if I put in a new GFX card, will that even benefit me? And going for the CPU means a new Mobo too.
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  1. get rid of the 560. get a 7950 on up.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.97 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $574.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 02:56 EST-0500)
  3. If I'm going to drop the mobo, should I just go to Intel nowadays?
  4. Depends on your budget. I suggest that if you're going with intel get i7 4770k at least not the i5. you might want to consider it for future gaming.

    for AMD FX 8320 and overclock or FX 8350, both CPU and MOBO is cheaper than intel.
  5. just change the gpu right now.
  6. M0kujin said:
    Depends on your budget. I suggest that if you're going with intel get i7 4770k at least not the i5. you might want to consider it for future gaming.

    for AMD FX 8320 and overclock or FX 8350, both CPU and MOBO is cheaper than intel.


    Yeah, I am trying to figure out if there is something cheap to do now or, if not, then what too do with a rebuild. I can throw money at that as long as it then lasts me two more years. If I do a rebuild, is my RAM OK?
  7. Best answer
    so save your money for the next 2 years. hardware will change a lot. no sense in going too far "sideways" when you can move ahead. buy the video card ( the 280 suggested above would be a decent carry over card )...(or better_).......... then think about a better platform that what's available today.
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