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Need help upgrading Mobo, CPU & Ram ~$400

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January 29, 2014 8:48:11 AM

First, here's a link to my current build: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2JFsg

I'm looking to upgrade my core components right now. I am a big gamer and currently play a lot of Arma 3 however in most multiplayer servers it's kind of unbearable to play with FPS as low as 9 sometimes and high points around 30.
I have a GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr which hasn't failed me yet so I'm happy with that right now.
What I'm not happy with is definitely my CPU, right now I'm using an AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana with the 4th core unlocked so it's not so stable and lacks in performance. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
My mobo is the ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 (not AM3+, so I can't even easily upgrade my CPU without buying a more recent mobo). http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
And finally my ram, I have 2 x 2GB sticks of G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
What I need help from you guys is to choose the best mobo, cpu and more ram for around $400.
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January 29, 2014 9:00:39 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $400.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-29 12:00 EST-0500)
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January 29, 2014 9:08:25 AM

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($154.94 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Total: $368.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-29 12:07 EST-0500)


The 8320 is just a lower clocked 8350, so I included a CPU cooler so you can overclock a little :)  overall, this just saves you a little bit of money, as 2133 RAM is not necessary.

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January 29, 2014 9:17:32 AM
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Mteezy said:
Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade my core components right now. I am a big gamer and currently play a lot of Arma 3 however in most multiplayer servers it's kind of unbearable to play with FPS as low as 9 sometimes and high points around 30.
I have a GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr which hasn't failed me yet so I'm happy with that right now.
What I'm not happy with is definitely my CPU, right now I'm using an AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana with the 4th core unlocked so it's not so stable and lacks in performance. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
My mobo is the ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 (not AM3+, so I can't even easily upgrade my CPU without buying a more recent mobo). http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
And finally my ram, I have 2 x 2GB sticks of G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
What I need help from you guys is to choose the best mobo, cpu and more ram for around $400.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2JFLa

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master DP6-9EDSA-0L-GP CPU Cooler ($7.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg)
Total: $395.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-29 12:14 EST-0500)

intel i5 k series is better than amd fx 8 core

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/697?vs=837

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