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December 27, 2013 9:20:33 AM

i am a long term AMD user.

Current Build:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Processor, Black Edition (HDT90ZFBGRBOX)
ASUS M4N78 PRO
8 gig of DDR2 RAM Muskin
MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
180g SSD - 1T WB Black Storage.
Rosewill THOR V2 Full Tower.
Dont recall the power supply. will have to check later.
I believe its a 900w.

I would like to upgrade the board, CPU and RAM. Thinking 32 gigs of ram.

Games I normally Play are Guild Wars 2, Eve Online and TFC2
Suggestions welcome, Budget of around $650 USD

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December 27, 2013 10:34:04 AM

32 GB of RAM is overkill unless you're doing very intensive video editing. For gaming 8 GB is more than sufficient, though 16 GB is the sweet spot for upgrades at this point. (You'll upgrade your system multiple times before 32GB is needed, and at that point the current-gen RAM will vastly out-perform anything you buy now)

Do you want to stick with AMD? The games you play are very CPU intensive, and when you get past $150 or so Intel may give you more bang for your buck... In my experience there also is a better selection of Intel boards than AMD (which is frustrating...)

Also, am I reading this right that you have DDR2 RAM?
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December 27, 2013 10:38:08 AM

Yes the current Board i have only supports ddr2

16gig is fine.

Intel is fine, i am just lost as i have not built a system in a few years.
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December 27, 2013 10:47:52 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($157.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $516.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 13:47 EST-0500)

You could spend a little extra cash and get an i7, though I guess that would depend on if you actually want to spend your full $600. This system will massively improve upon what you have now.
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December 27, 2013 10:49:55 AM

So, i will be going from a 3.2 processor to a 3.4
and going from 6 cores to 4.

would that be an upgrade?
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December 27, 2013 10:51:57 AM

New Intell cpu + mobos are coming in 2-3 months.. Maybe best wait.. In mean time you can buy other video card to do SLI with your video cards.. And maybe better PSU ir you need one.
This is good buy now.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-ligh...

Then build is something like this if you do it now. If you use your case. If you want new thewn look Phanteks.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-case-phes813pbl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWsPYTDEmHQ

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Macho-120 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($45.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Lightning 800W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1071.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 13:49 EST-0500)

If you want more power the do it like this.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($568.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($73.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($224.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($460.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($460.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Series Primo Aluminum ATX Full Tower Case ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Lightning 800W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2869.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 13:56 EST-0500)
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December 27, 2013 10:56:31 AM

dragonsquid said:
So, i will be going from a 3.2 processor to a 3.4
and going from 6 cores to 4.

would that be an upgrade?


AMD CPUs tend to have more cores, but the cores are less powerful than Intel. Once you get past the number of physical cores, the actual performance of an i5 will beat an X6 pretty much across the board.

Check this out: http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-4670K-vs-AMD-Phen...
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December 27, 2013 11:05:17 AM

ok i will look at all the suggestions.
I am open for more.
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