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What CPU should I upgrade to?

I have bought my own prebuilt gaming pc from amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ankermann-PC-FX-ULTRA-Athlon-Black-Edition-3-80GHz/dp/B00GE9FHUY Option one that is £479.00 with specs:
DDR3 SDRAM 8Gb
AMD Athlon X4 760K Black Edition 4x 3.80GHz
MSI GeForce GTX 650 2GB
450W power supply
Main Fan
CPU Fan


But I want to upgrade my CPU.
I don't really want to change anything else but if I have to,to get better performance I will.
What processor should I upgrade to that is under £300 / $500 (if adding other parts still has to add up to £300/$500)
I will upgrade other things if I have to.
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  1. AMD FX 8350 :)
  2. You will get much better performance by upgrading your GPU not CPU, I recommend a 760 or 770.
  3. ShadowsVoid said:
    AMD FX 8350 :)


    It looks good but will it make noticable difference from my current?
  4. IRyannHD said:
    You will get much better performance by upgrading your GPU not CPU, I recommend a 760 or 770.


    But with the GPU I thought I might need to get another fan if I want a higher up one and also the power supply Id have to upgrade.
  5. HarryInGaming said:
    ShadowsVoid said:
    AMD FX 8350 :)


    It looks good but will it make noticable difference from my current?


    HarryInGaming said:
    IRyannHD said:
    You will get much better performance by upgrading your GPU not CPU, I recommend a 760 or 770.


    But with the GPU I thought I might need to get another fan if I want a higher up one.


    The GPU won't overheat as they have good cooling solutions, especially ASUS and MSI, as long as you have good airflow.
  6. This would be a nice upgrade.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Asus H87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£77.74 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £215.73
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 16:17 GMT+0000)


    Or this if you can afford more:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£137.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Asus H87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£77.74 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£176.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £437.69
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 16:19 GMT+0000)
  7. HarryInGaming said:
    I have bought my own prebuilt gaming pc from amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ankermann-PC-FX-ULTRA-Athlon-Black-Edition-3-80GHz/dp/B00GE9FHUY Option one that is £479.00 with specs:
    DDR3 SDRAM 8Gb
    AMD Athlon X4 760K Black Edition 4x 3.80GHz
    MSI GeForce GTX 650 2GB
    450W power supply
    Main Fan
    CPU Fan


    But I want to upgrade my CPU.
    I don't really want to change anything else but if I have to,to get better performance I will.
    What processor should I upgrade to that is under £300 / $500 (if adding other parts still has to add up to £300/$500)
    I will upgrade other things if I have to.


    There is no better CPU for your current config. New CPU would require new motherboard, and possibly windows as well. I would upgrade your graphics card for starters. Is there any chance of cancelling the order or returning?
  8. If you upgraded your CPU you will have to upgrade a lot of other things, it would just be like buying a new PC.
  9. Yeah, upgrading your cpu would be more expensive due to your socket.The fx series needs am3+ and buying a new motherboard wouldnt be a good value.So i would suggest you to buy a new graphics card like r9 270x-gtx 760-gtx 770.
  10. ShadowsVoid said:
    AMD FX 8350 :)


    A good suggestion... But the motherboard seems to be for the FM2+ socket. There are no CPUs for this socket in the requested price range so a new motherboard would be essential as well, maybe the Asus m5a99fx pro r2.0.(I can guarantee you won't be disappointed with it)
  11. IRyannHD said:
    HarryInGaming said:
    ShadowsVoid said:
    AMD FX 8350 :)


    It looks good but will it make noticable difference from my current?


    HarryInGaming said:
    IRyannHD said:
    You will get much better performance by upgrading your GPU not CPU, I recommend a 760 or 770.


    But with the GPU I thought I might need to get another fan if I want a higher up one.


    The GPU won't overheat as they have good cooling solutions, especially ASUS and MSI, as long as you have good airflow.



    Would it need more voltage and is it compatible with my motherboard?
  12. Best answer
    I presume that you want to paly games with this spec? If so, your upgrade path is rather limited as the motherboard will support the AMD FM2 socket, which is only used by the Athlon X4 and APU series of processors. The more powerful six and eight-core ones use socket AM3+.

    You can "upgrade" to an A8 or A10 APU, but all you really gain is better integrated graphics, which is redundant on account of your GTX 650. In order to gain a true upgrade you also need to replace the motherboard. That said, you can still get this and the processor within your budget.

    If you are gaming, I'd urge you to replace the graphics card rather than the processor. The GTX 650 is quite weak unless you're playing at 720p and turn off some advanced settings, such as AA. If you do this, it's very likely that you'll also need a new power supply.
  13. bicycle_repair_man said:
    I presume that you want to paly games with this spec? If so, your upgrade path is rather limited as the motherboard will support the AMD FM2 socket, which is only used by the Athlon X4 and APU series of processors. The more powerful six and eight-core ones use socket AM3+.

    You can "upgrade" to an A8 or A10 APU, but all you really gain is better integrated graphics, which is redundant on account of your GTX 650. In order to gain a true upgrade you also need to replace the motherboard. That said, you can still get this and the processor within your budget.

    If you are gaming, I'd urge you to replace the graphics card rather than the processor. The GTX 650 is quite weak unless you're playing at 720p and turn off some advanced settings, such as AA. If you do this, it's very likely that you'll also need a new power supply.


    I'm probably going to upgrade my motherboard and power supply then later on upgrade my GPU
  14. The only difference is that modular ones you only plug in the ones you need, so you can have less cable clutter.
  15. RobCrezz said:
    The only difference is that modular ones you only plug in the ones you need, so you can have less cable clutter.


    K ill go for modular then
  16. EDIT:NVM
  17. HarryInGaming said:


    All that looks good to me, I actually have that PSU and can vouch for it.
  18. I hate to say this, but you kinda shot yourself in the foot on this one, with the way you purchased your hardware. For less than your max upgrade, and what you paid for that rig, you could have had a far superior machine.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£185.88 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.93 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£78.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (£286.43 @ CCL Computers)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£37.29 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £820.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 14:45 GMT+0000)
  19. Even better yet.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£185.88 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.93 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£78.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (£369.95 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £911.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 15:01 GMT+0000)
  20. I'd get the AMD 8350/8320. It would be better to build your own though like logainofhades said.
  21. logainofhades said:
    I hate to say this, but you kinda shot yourself in the foot on this one, with the way you purchased your hardware. For less than your max upgrade, and what you paid for that rig, you could have had a far superior machine.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£185.88 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.93 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£78.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (£286.43 @ CCL Computers)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£37.29 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £820.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 14:45 GMT+0000)


    logainofhades said:
    Even better yet.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£185.88 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.93 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£78.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (£369.95 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £911.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 15:01 GMT+0000)


    Thats nearly double the price that I spent on the PC so you can't really say "for what you paid for that"
  22. He said, what you paid + upgrade.
  23. RobCrezz said:
    He said, what you paid + upgrade.


    ^This
  24. HarryInGaming said:
    logainofhades said:
    I hate to say this, but you kinda shot yourself in the foot on this one, with the way you purchased your hardware. For less than your max upgrade, and what you paid for that rig, you could have had a far superior machine.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£185.88 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.93 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£78.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (£286.43 @ CCL Computers)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£37.29 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £820.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 14:45 GMT+0000)


    logainofhades said:
    Even better yet.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£185.88 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.93 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£78.96 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£60.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (£369.95 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £911.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 15:01 GMT+0000)


    Thats nearly double the price that I spent on the PC so you can't really say "for what you paid for that"


    RobCrezz said:
    He said, what you paid + upgrade.

    lol this, don't deny it haha.
  25. RobCrezz said:
    He said, what you paid + upgrade.


    Oh but Im upgrading it 10 months and didnt have the money all at once
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