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Looking to upgrade my gaming rig, what should i go for? $250 budget (CPU, RAM, Graphics Card, Hard Drive...)

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July 7, 2014 4:27:04 PM

I'm trying to figure out what to upgrade next for my gaming rig, my budget is $250 and I'm looking to get the biggest bang for my buck.

System Specs:

Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0
CPU: AMD Fx-6300 (6-Core, 3.5Ghz)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
Hard Drive: Western Digital Black 1TB 64Mb Cache 7200RPM
Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce Gtx 650 Ti 1Gb
Os: Windows 8 x64

If you need to know anything else just ask! I'm trying to build the best gaming rig i can (over time) and im just trying to figure out what to upgrade next, And maybe explain why you think i should upgrade that certain part? I'm also looking to change back to windows 7 after the upgrade if that changes anything.

Thanks in advance!

Colin

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July 7, 2014 4:30:40 PM

Since its a gaming rig, the most obvious upgrade should be the graphic card. I would suggest r9 270x because thats the best graphic card you can get with your current budget.
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July 7, 2014 4:32:32 PM

sell that fx 6300 and upgrade to a fx 8350.

Get another 2x4 GB vengeance memory dual channel kit.

Get a GeForce GTX 750 ti.

Get a WD 500GB+ 7200RPM Caviar Blue or Black drive.
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July 7, 2014 4:38:32 PM

I would suggest spending the money on a nice GPU, cuz everything else seems fine, a R9 280X would go great with your current build
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July 7, 2014 4:40:02 PM

TechyInAZ said:
sell that fx 6300 and upgrade to a fx 8350.

Get another 2x4 GB vengeance memory dual channel kit.

Get a GeForce GTX 750 ti.

Get a WD 500GB+ 7200RPM Caviar Blue or Black drive.


Can I afford all of that with a $250 budget? And why do i need another HDD, couldent I use that money for another part?

Thanks for the quick answers guys!
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July 7, 2014 4:43:28 PM

Colin12132 said:
TechyInAZ said:
sell that fx 6300 and upgrade to a fx 8350.

Get another 2x4 GB vengeance memory dual channel kit.

Get a GeForce GTX 750 ti.

Get a WD 500GB+ 7200RPM Caviar Blue or Black drive.


Can I afford all of that with a $250 budget? And why do i need another HDD, couldent I use that money for another part?

Thanks for the quick answers guys!


GTX 750 Ti will play all the new games on Ultra, i really recommend getting a r9 280 or r9 280x, that will certainly improve the performance in gaming. Everything else in ur current build seem fine
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July 7, 2014 4:48:37 PM

M0j0jojo said:
Colin12132 said:
TechyInAZ said:
sell that fx 6300 and upgrade to a fx 8350.

Get another 2x4 GB vengeance memory dual channel kit.

Get a GeForce GTX 750 ti.

Get a WD 500GB+ 7200RPM Caviar Blue or Black drive.


Can I afford all of that with a $250 budget? And why do i need another HDD, couldent I use that money for another part?

Thanks for the quick answers guys!


GTX 750 Ti will play all the new games on Ultra, i really recommend getting a r9 280 or r9 280x, that will certainly improve the performance in gaming. Everything else in ur current build seem fine


Im looking at the r9 270x's right now, can you reccomend a certain brand, im looking on canada computers as that is the closest computer store to me.
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July 7, 2014 5:00:56 PM

Colin12132 said:
M0j0jojo said:
Asus is a good brand, This is the cheapest and fastest one however the stocks are pretty low, there are 2 here in Brampton http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...



Yeah, that seems like a great deal but problem is they have none in newmarket :( 


You can buy one online, theres only one left in the online stock. Also check out Tigerdirect.ca
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July 7, 2014 5:14:00 PM

M0j0jojo said:
Colin12132 said:
M0j0jojo said:
Asus is a good brand, This is the cheapest and fastest one however the stocks are pretty low, there are 2 here in Brampton http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...



Yeah, that seems like a great deal but problem is they have none in newmarket :( 


You can buy one online, theres only one left in the online stock. Also check out Tigerdirect.ca


What would the equivalent of the 270x be on the nvidia side? I've always liked nvidia cards and was wondering if one of them would do the same?
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July 7, 2014 5:16:23 PM

A GTX 760, but they cost a lot more

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Edit: oops my bad the equivalent is a GTX 660, and they have in stock at Canada computer http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...
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July 9, 2014 9:13:03 PM

Honestly, it depends on which games you play. MMO games tend to need processing power over graphics, while most other games would benefit from a stronger GPU.

My thoughts:
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 (sell for around $60)
CPU: AMD Fx-6300 (6-Core, 3.5Ghz) (sell for around $100)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz (keep)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Black 1TB 64Mb Cache 7200RPM (keep)
Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce Gtx 650 Ti 1Gb (sell for around $90)

Now we have about $500 to play with.
FX-8350 New-180, Used-150
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 New-130, Used-95

Depending on whether you went new or used on the above, you now have between $190 and $260 for a GPU
$190 - R9 270X
$260 - GTX 760
or
Used GTX 670 or R9 280X
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July 9, 2014 11:11:14 PM

srSheepdog said:
Honestly, it depends on which games you play. MMO games tend to need processing power over graphics, while most other games would benefit from a stronger GPU.

My thoughts:
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 (sell for around $60)
CPU: AMD Fx-6300 (6-Core, 3.5Ghz) (sell for around $100)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz (keep)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Black 1TB 64Mb Cache 7200RPM (keep)
Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce Gtx 650 Ti 1Gb (sell for around $90)

Now we have about $500 to play with.
FX-8350 New-180, Used-150
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 New-130, Used-95

Depending on whether you went new or used on the above, you now have between $190 and $260 for a GPU
$190 - R9 270X
$260 - GTX 760
or
Used GTX 670 or R9 280X


Thanks for the idea man! Im not really looking to sell though because im going to add any parts i replace to another computer of mine. I do have an xbox360 and a nexus 7 (2013) that im looking to sell so that should give me enough to get a new gpu, cpu and mobo!
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July 9, 2014 11:15:31 PM

Im also wondering if adding a small ssd (120-250gb) would also boost preformance?
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July 10, 2014 4:18:43 AM

Colin12132 said:
Im also wondering if adding a small ssd (120-250gb) would also boost preformance?


It will help speed up loading
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July 10, 2014 9:25:45 AM

Colin12132 said:

Thanks for the idea man! Im not really looking to sell though because im going to add any parts i replace to another computer of mine. I do have an xbox360 and a nexus 7 (2013) that im looking to sell so that should give me enough to get a new gpu, cpu and mobo!


I've become a huge fan of the used market. I built my kids' gaming PC using entirely used parts, and it's been rock solid. eBay will have a lot of variety, but higher prices. Craigslist can offer some real steals, as long as you are willing to wait for the right parts to show up and/or are flexible about which parts you want to add.

Another upside to looking on craigslist: you get to see how completely deluded some folks are about their four-generations-old "super high-end gaming pc" that they are trying to sell for twice what it would cost to buy a similar-spec new system...LOL But like I said, there are some listings on the opposite end of the spectrum that are total steals.

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