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February 25, 2014 9:30:25 PM

Hello all. I am looking to upgrade my current build and looking for recommendations as to what I should and should not realistically look into replacing. I would like to be able to have limited issues running just about any game at about 50 fps (Starcraft, Titanfall, BF4 etc.). Additionally, I just purchased a new monitor( Asus VX279Q ) and would like to be able to properly take advantage of it. Moreover, I would love to here recommendations on a wireless card as my router is in a basement 100+ft from where this build is placed, and I don't like to always run a Ethernet cable that far.
Without further ado here is my current hardware:
Motherboard: Asus P8P67LE
CPU:Intel i5-2400
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6850
Power Supply: XION 1000w
Memory: 4gb Sector 5 DDR3 1600 MHz

On another note, this is my first post to the forum! Thanks in advance for your help, and I hope that one day in the future I may be of similar benefit.

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a b 4 Gaming
February 25, 2014 10:00:01 PM

First what is your location and budget
Second it depends on what settings you would like those games to be running at in order to achieve 50fps. You can be playing at 50 fps at low settings with stuff like R7 260X or maybe medium, so it depends on the settings that you want.
Third 100+ft is pretty darn far away for wireless technology, especially indoor. I would suggest you use powerline ethernet, I can provide you links if you want to make sure what it is.
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February 25, 2014 10:00:51 PM

Best upgrade right now is the Graphics. Upgrade it to a GTX 770. Second thing to upgrade is getting a 2nd - 4GB RAM chip.
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February 25, 2014 10:06:32 PM

IDontUnderstand said:
First what is your location and budget
Second it depends on what settings you would like those games to be running at in order to achieve 50fps. You can be playing at 50 fps at low settings with stuff like R7 260X or maybe medium, so it depends on the settings that you want.
Third 100+ft is pretty darn far away for wireless technology, especially indoor. I would suggest you use powerline ethernet, I can provide you links if you want to make sure what it is.


A R7 260x isn't even an upgrade.



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February 25, 2014 10:07:12 PM

I generally prefer to play at at least medium to high settings so that is the goal. My budget is around 400. Excuse my ignorance on networking but would one of these power lines be just as effective and I should I just bring my router upstairs so that it is just closer to everything with one of these?

Also, would I be bottle-necking my gpu if i significantly upgrade it due to the processor? Definitely going to upgrade gpu though.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 25, 2014 10:16:53 PM

@MasterMace, I don't see how R7 260X isn't an upgrade compare to Radeon HD6850
@costas270, it will not be as effective as if you connect your PC directly to your router via Ethernet. However, it will perform better than wireless from 100+ ft. I personally think your CPU will be a bottleneck, so I think it'll take a little bit more than $400 to achieve your goal.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 25, 2014 10:52:35 PM

It's never too late to have this discussion :) 

1. Your motherboard will be able to support high end GPU
2. If you're looking to restrict your GPU for now and upgrade CPU/MB later on then you may purchase a GTX 770 and continue using it after your CPU/MB upgrade
GTX 770 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3F7CFK/ ($330)
3. If you would like to replace your CPU/MB now along with a less powerful GPU then I would suggest
FX 6300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($119)
MSI 760GMA-P34 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($60 ish)
GTX 760 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($230)
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February 25, 2014 10:59:19 PM

Thanks for really outlining the options like that! I know this is a tad off topic but could you recommend one of those powerline adapters aswell?

and what cpu/mb would you go for with the 770
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a b 4 Gaming
February 25, 2014 11:30:39 PM

Powerline:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

In order to pair up with GTX 770
i5-4570 http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=81329&vpn=BX80646I5457...
ASUS H87I-PLUS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
ASUS H87M-E http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At the end I would also suggest you to purchase a new PSU somewhere down the line as that Xion PSU isn't really all that good afterall, 500W will be sufficient enough for any build with a single GPU. Just as future reference.
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February 26, 2014 12:11:41 AM

Considering the general revamping I'm going to be doing would you just recommend me doing the AMD build? Basically just want to be able to play games at about 60 fps in 1080p with medium settings or should I just drop the extra couple hundred for the intel build?


Also, if I just redo my build and go the amd route should I fork up the extra 30 for the 8 core?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 26, 2014 12:24:12 AM

As a tech person that always struggles with buy now or wait for more, I think you should just go with the AMD build and save that extra 200-300 for the future. In finance's prospective, it's always better to have free money on hand than putting money in a place without interest, if that analogy make sense.

I wouldn't go for the Fx 8320, I would get a CM 212 Evo cooler if anything to keep FX 6300 nice and cool (not necessary)
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February 26, 2014 12:47:47 AM

Alright I think I've just about put a new build together with your recommendations. One last thing though... What's a good ssd sub 100 dollars? Just for os probably but the more storage the better
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February 26, 2014 1:53:52 PM

Soooo this is what I'm going to do

CPU: AMD Fx-6300
MB: MSI 760GMA-P34
GPU: GTX 760
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2X4GB DDR3)
PSU: Corsair CX Series 500 Watt
Case: Bitfenix Mini-ITX prodigy case
Storage: kingston ssd
And then I'll probably pick up the cooler Master Hyper 212 EvoEvo

Basically just want to make sure this will all fit in that case and see if there are any final recommendations.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 26, 2014 2:22:46 PM

For the PSU I would go with at least a Raidmax RX535-AP. In addition, I think that you'll have to take out the drive cage in order to fit a GTX 760 in there. Other than that I think you're good to go.
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