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Hey!What should I upgrade in my current build to get better FPS and performance in games?AMD FX-6300 PiledriverEVGA

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January 26, 2014 4:43:49 PM

Hey! What should I upgrade in my current build to get better FPS and performance in games?

CPU: AMD FX-6300 Piledriver
GPU: EVGA GTX 460 EE 1GB GDDR5 256-bit

I know the card needs an upgrade, but I don't know what to go for. Any ideas?

Thanks!!
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January 26, 2014 4:46:34 PM

Yup, graphics card upgrade.
Which card depends on how much cash your willing to spend.
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January 26, 2014 5:31:53 PM

What kind of card goes better with an AMD card? ATI or Nvidia? Also, I know it's a small budget, but up to around $175.

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January 26, 2014 5:53:17 PM

Neither, the graphics card performance is independant of whatever platform your on. Only time where it can make a difference is if you have an APU and its twin graphics card, where you can hybrid-crossfire.

At that budget, I would be looking at a GTX660.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 26, 2014 6:02:03 PM

This is a great ref for video cards. Look both at their recommendations and the 'hierarchy' chart. It's not perfect, but should get you in range. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

I'd change the video card first, and only touch the CPU if the video card does not help.

If there is a game you particularly want to play at high frame rate then see if it is video card or CPU bound. If you can tell post the game and someone will look it up.

For buying a video card, can you hang out another few months? AMD cards are currently selling for more than they did before christmas -- the bit coin miners seem to be buying them up. At some point supply will catch up with demand and prices will fall sharply to what they were or below. Nvidia prices stay in the same range as AMD prices (+/-) so they will also go down.
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January 26, 2014 6:21:43 PM

manofchalk said:
Neither, the graphics card performance is independant of whatever platform your on. Only time where it can make a difference is if you have an APU and its twin graphics card, where you can hybrid-crossfire.

At that budget, I would be looking at a GTX660.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for all your help! I'll definitely save that link and wait until the price goes down as the guy said below.

Cheers.

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January 26, 2014 6:22:35 PM

tsnor said:
This is a great ref for video cards. Look both at their recommendations and the 'hierarchy' chart. It's not perfect, but should get you in range. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

I'd change the video card first, and only touch the CPU if the video card does not help.

If there is a game you particularly want to play at high frame rate then see if it is video card or CPU bound. If you can tell post the game and someone will look it up.

For buying a video card, can you hang out another few months? AMD cards are currently selling for more than they did before christmas -- the bit coin miners seem to be buying them up. At some point supply will catch up with demand and prices will fall sharply to what they were or below. Nvidia prices stay in the same range as AMD prices (+/-) so they will also go down.


Awesome, that is real helpful. Wish I could choose two best answer, but ahh well. Anyway, yeah, I'll hold off a bit. A new card isn't something I really need this instant.

Thanks much!!
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January 26, 2014 6:25:11 PM

The AMD cards that were affected by the Litecoin mining were only the R9 290/X, all other cards are at their usual pricepoint.
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February 2, 2014 12:48:31 PM

manofchalk said:
The AMD cards that were affected by the Litecoin mining were only the R9 290/X, all other cards are at their usual pricepoint.



i believe u forgot the 280x i went to buy one at frys but they jacked it up to 400 pissed me off i had to settle for a gtx 760

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