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June 11, 2014 3:12:48 PM

So, I built a budget PC, and I am thinking about which upgrades to perform and when. My current specs:
http://CM HAF 912

http://AMD FX-4150 (Stock Speed and Voltage)

http://ASUS HD 7770 2GB-GDDR5 (Stock Speed and Voltage)

http://Corsair CX430W

http://PATRIOT Viper Xtreme, 8GB (Stock Speed and Voltage)

http://GIGABYTE 78LMT-USB3

My upgrades:
http://New DVD drive; mine can't open + runs off IDE.

http://EVGA 750W PSU, I'd need this to power a more advanced system (the other upgrades).

http://EVGA GTX 770 GPU (4GB VRAM model), I want to have a card with actual driver support + it's a billion times better than what I've got.

http://AMD FX-8320 because the minumum requirements are leaving my little CPU behind.

http://CM Hyper 212 EVO, as I've been told the 8320 can get warm.

I've listed the upgrades in sequential order (top gets ordered 1st), and I was wondering if there was any re-prioritizing or component swapping you all would reccomend. Thanks, and happy building.

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June 11, 2014 3:22:13 PM

Great upgrades , should be a great machine when it's all together.
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June 11, 2014 3:30:06 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Great upgrades , should be a great machine when it's all together.


Agreed, but I would get the Hyper 212 EVO before the FX-8320; That motherboard wasn't originally designed to handle a CPU like that so extra cooling never hurts.
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June 11, 2014 3:35:00 PM

Eduello said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
Great upgrades , should be a great machine when it's all together.


Agreed, but I would get the Hyper 212 EVO before the FX-8320; That motherboard wasn't originally designed to handle a CPU like that so extra cooling never hurts.


Beg pardon, but this motherboard is reported to be able to handle up to an 8350 on the Gigabyte forums. Still, thanks for the input. I could be wrong here, as well.
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June 11, 2014 3:35:47 PM

It doesn't have the greatest thermal design , but will be ok if not overclocking.

You'll be ok just no overclocking.
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June 11, 2014 3:37:56 PM

Silibant said:
Eduello said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
Great upgrades , should be a great machine when it's all together.


Agreed, but I would get the Hyper 212 EVO before the FX-8320; That motherboard wasn't originally designed to handle a CPU like that so extra cooling never hurts.


Beg pardon, but this motherboard is reported to be able to handle up to an 8350 on the Gigabyte forums. Still, thanks for the input. I could be wrong here, as well.


Yes, it can handle it for sure, but the only chipset that was actually made for those CPUs was 990(f)x, the rest just have been made work with BIOS updates. This means that the VRMs of your board are not originally meant for a CPU like that, and while it will handle the CPU, extra cooling never hurts.
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June 11, 2014 3:38:42 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Great upgrades , should be a great machine when it's all together.


Thanks. Will the GTX 770 with the 4 GB VRAM be able to give me around as good 1080p performance as a 3 GB 780? I don't really want to spend the extra $200, (and once I can afford a 4K monitor I'll be building a new PC with all sorts of gizmos :D  ) and 1080p is my max resolution.
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June 11, 2014 3:41:01 PM

You'll be fine , that's a nice card.
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June 11, 2014 3:43:13 PM

Silibant said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
Great upgrades , should be a great machine when it's all together.


Thanks. Will the GTX 770 with the 4 GB VRAM be able to give me around as good 1080p performance as a 3 GB 780? I don't really want to spend the extra $200, (and once I can afford a 4K monitor I'll be building a new PC with all sorts of gizmos :D  ) and 1080p is my max resolution.


As SR-71 Blackbird said, it's a nice card, but more VRAM doesn't mean more performance, it means the card can handle higher resolutions. So no, the card will sadly not be equal to the GTX 780.
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June 11, 2014 3:43:22 PM

Your upgrades are great just go with them , it will be a smooth machine.

Have a great one and thanks for posting.
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June 11, 2014 3:54:41 PM

Right, so if the card won't be better for my games with the 2 extra GB of VRAM (thanks, Eduello, I didn't know that), should I go for the 2 gig version to save cash? If the performance drops any more than marginally, let me know and I will stick with what I've got. Thanks for the info on the motherboard as well, Ed, I didn't know that either. Blackbird, I appreciate your re-assurance. I will definitely stick with what I've chosen; I'm glad you approve. Also (to Blackbird), thanks for the heads-up on the CPU. I was actually thinking of OC'ing, but I'll be sure to steer clear. Glad you all were available to help. Thanks, all!
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June 11, 2014 5:24:00 PM

Update: After looking at benchmarks using a 1080p resolution, I've concluded that 2 GB is enough for me. It gets down to a fraction of a frame higher,and the max frame increase for $40 bucks extra is a whopping... 1. Either way, it's gonna be a tremendous upgrade from my 7770, so I'll probably end up happy.
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June 11, 2014 5:42:17 PM

Yes it will , enjoy the upgrades.
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