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Hey guys, is this okay for gaming? If not, what should i upgrade, or what do you recommend to make it better?

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February 21, 2014 9:44:27 PM

Hey guys, just wondering if this is good for gaming. If not, what do you recommend i upgrade: *Intel core i7 860 processor @ 2.8 ghz
*Radeon HD 7970 OC edition 3gb graphics card.
*4 gb ddr3 Ram
*Blu-ray/dvd player
*1x 650 gb hard drive +1x 500 gb hard drive
*650w Antec power supply unit.

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February 21, 2014 9:53:24 PM

Everything seems pretty strong still, if they still make your same model RAM i would get another kit and up it to 8gb since some games will be requiring 6gb to play in the future, otherwise I'd say your rig will last a while yet.
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February 21, 2014 9:59:20 PM

Ahh, great. And would getting a better motherboard possibly help? I still just have the default hp motherboard it came with. I also thought getting another motherboard would allow me to get better ram.
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February 21, 2014 10:02:41 PM

What is the budget for this potential upgrade?
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February 21, 2014 10:04:38 PM

Around $500 to $600 i would say maybe.
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February 21, 2014 10:19:31 PM

For that price you could easily get a new motherboard, i5, and ssd for under $500

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2taht
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2taht/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2taht/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.31 @ Amazon)
Total: $449.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-22 01:19 EST-0500)
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February 21, 2014 10:20:40 PM

added 8GB 1600mhz RAM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2VSV0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2VSV0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2VSV0/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.31 @ Amazon)
Total: $509.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-22 01:20 EST-0500)
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February 21, 2014 10:20:48 PM

i would go with a gigabyte mobo, their current offerings at the $100-$140 range are amazing.
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February 21, 2014 10:21:19 PM

You might just want to upgrade your RAM.
The 7970 is a beast of a card, and depending on what type of Antec PSU you have, it is probably very solid, and has enough watts to run your system.

For gaming, if you upgrade your ram to 6/8GB, (the more the better up to 16GB unless you're running a server) you should be all set for the next little while.
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February 21, 2014 10:25:48 PM

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i would go with a gigabyte mobo, their current offerings at the $100-$140 range are amazing.


Every brand's Z87 motherboards are really good in this price range. Some people swear by Gigabyte, some people swear by Asus, some people MSI, etc... I've used them all, and I will always get whichever is the best deal at the time.
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February 21, 2014 10:40:42 PM

I go by actual reviews, MSI for sure does not offer boards on par with the rest, gigabyte is more positively reviewed.
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February 21, 2014 10:58:24 PM

I have used MSI boards many times and they are every bit as good as Gigabyte, Asus, ASRock, and Biostar. I have used these 5 brands multiple times, and I consider all of them top tier and equal overall. I am less familiar with ECS, Foxconn, and Zotac.
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