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Best Upgrades for 2010 AMD Rig?

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March 13, 2014 1:30:17 PM

CPU: Phenom ii x6 1055t @2.8ghz
CPU Fan: Stock AMD Fan
GPU: Sapphire 6850
RAM: 8GB @ 1333mhz (Motherboard Max Space and Bandwidth Capacity)
MOBO: GA-M68MT-S2P
SSD [Boot drive]: 120gb Intel drive (2010 model)
HDD [Storage drive]: 1tb hitachi (2010 (?) model)
PSU: 700w OCZ ModXtreme
Case: Thermaltake Lanbox Lite
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

My gaming PC is still a serviceable rig, running newer games at higher settings in 720 at a steady 60fps, but I'm hoping to squeeze a little more performance out of my system before committing to a more financially larger build. I can overclock a little, but the crammed space usually means higher temperatures and louder fan noise (usually without any noticeable improvement in performance).

So, given a very limited (sub-$200) budget, what would you folks say would make the largest improvement in my system's overall gaming performance?

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March 13, 2014 1:44:02 PM

well, considering you have one of the better cpu's of that socket (so you would also need to upgrade motherboard) i would suggest spending that 200 ish budget on a newer gpu, perhaps look into 660ti or 7850 gpu.

other than that, aside from overclocking, there isnt much you could do in terms of small cost effective upgrades
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March 13, 2014 1:45:20 PM

Brantyn's right, I'd say to save til having at least 300$, so you could buy a GTX 760 + a nice cooler for your CPU and OC it, else braytin's options would be the way to go.
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March 14, 2014 6:48:08 AM

Brantyn Gerik said:
well, considering you have one of the better cpu's of that socket (so you would also need to upgrade motherboard) i would suggest spending that 200 ish budget on a newer gpu, perhaps look into 660ti or 7850 gpu.

other than that, aside from overclocking, there isnt much you could do in terms of small cost effective upgrades


I'll probably end up getting a gtx 660 or 750ti, maybe some extra case fans for cooling too. I thought about scouring the internet for a Phenom ii x4 980 or x6 1100t (something with a high native clock-rate to compensate for the inability to overclock), though pre-determined benchmarks indicate that the difference in gaming would be negligible at best. I'll eventually need to upgrade the storage drive to make more room for my Staem library, though that's a low priority upgrade for me at the moment.
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