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January 26, 2014 9:37:07 PM

Hello. I joined hoping that someone here could show me something that I might not be seeing. I've been shopping for new parts since the beginning of this month, and I have a few ideas, but I'd like your opinions.

Currently, I have a:

AMD Phenom II X4 970 processor (3.8Ghz)
ATI HD 7870 2GB
Asus sabertooth 990fx
Corsair 800W power supply
4gb corsair RAM(bad, I know)
1TB HDD 7200 RPM
60G OCZ SSD


I have $1000 to spend on an upgrade.

Obviously, the RAM is mandatory. Less obviously, I'm making the switch from AMD GPU to Nvidia.(unless one of you can definitively convince me otherwise.)

I'd like a processor upgrade. I thought of switching to intel, but the mobo purchase will pretty much annihilate my funds.

I was also hoping to save enough after the parts to have a 1920x1080 monitor! My current one is 1600X900.

What would you do? I'd really appreciate replies!

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a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2014 9:44:02 PM

I would go for an fx 8350, and 8gb's ram, simply put, I wouldn't throw away that Sabertooth. The gpu upgrade is not really needed but if you do want more power, you could go for a gtx 780 or add another 7870
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January 26, 2014 9:48:34 PM

Scremin34Egl said:
I would go for an fx 8350, and 8gb's ram, simply put, I wouldn't throw away that Sabertooth. The gpu upgrade is not really needed but if you do want more power, you could go for a gtx 780


You know, it's uh. Funny. I guess that over the years I've really become as comfortable and knowledgable with PCs as I'd hoped. What you suggested was the first thing I thought. First thing I filled my newegg cart with. Still have enough spare for a monitor. It's probably what I'll do unless someone has something I haven't thought of or seen. I think that 8350, 8gigs of RAM, and GTX 780 will eat anything alive.

Thank you!!

Yes, there are better processors. Can modern gaming utilize them? I don't think so. I don't think any modern game can fully utilize the 8350 anyways.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2014 9:54:40 PM

n.a. now
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January 26, 2014 10:13:33 PM

whitecat said:
the cheapest is crossfire HD 7870 and add FX 8350

otherwise

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell E2213H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($101.99 @ Staples)
Total: $1006.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-27 00:53 EST-0500)


WOAH. Now that's something to think about. The CPU is weaker than my current one, but considering that it's intel, perhaps the numbers are deceptive.

I've heard bad things about crossfire and SLI. I don't want to end up dealing with a nightmare :/ 
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a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2014 10:21:36 PM

n.a.
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January 26, 2014 11:05:09 PM

whitecat said:
Jack711 said:
whitecat said:
the cheapest is crossfire HD 7870 and add FX 8350

otherwise

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell E2213H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($101.99 @ Staples)
Total: $1006.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-27 00:53 EST-0500)


WOAH. Now that's something to think about. The CPU is weaker than my current one, but considering that it's intel, perhaps the numbers are deceptive.

I've heard bad things about crossfire and SLI. I don't want to end up dealing with a nightmare :/ 


i agree .i dont like sli and crossfire .

i5 4670 has 2x better score than Phenom X4 970 in single core test and nearly the same in multi core tests
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-4670-vs-AMD-Pheno...


That motherboard looks unreliable. Very few reviews. I'm not sure I'm willing to trust it. That's the major game changer in this equation. I still have plenty of time to think about this one. I really WOULD like to make the switch to intel.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2014 11:13:49 PM

n.a.
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January 26, 2014 11:38:22 PM

Man just get amd fx8350 .get a liquid cooler,a ssd and some more ram.oc your cpu to 4.6,a250$ monitor,the rest sink into your gpu.ur pc will eat anything also will be some futureproof
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a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2014 12:12:35 AM

I don't see a reason in switching to intel when you already have such a good motherboard and it would be hard seeing it go to waste.

The fx 8350 gives similar performance to an i5 in gaming and you could probably add in a cooler and overclock it
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January 27, 2014 12:47:22 AM

Scremin34Egl said:
I don't see a reason in switching to intel when you already have such a good motherboard and it would be hard seeing it go to waste.

The fx 8350 gives similar performance to an i5 in gaming and you could probably add in a cooler and overclock it


I know. I love my beautiful motherboard. lol. Sadness would overwhelm me as I lay it in the attic. This case is closed. I can't do that.
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January 27, 2014 12:48:12 AM

Just jumped from pII x4 to FX-8320, I can see the different.. so I agree with the processor upgrade...

upgrade ram are mandatory........ else maybe new monitor, second SSD, or going/jump to WC (as learning purpose / hobby)......

new VGA is nice but not mandatory...
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