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PC Upgrade, what are your thoughts?

So my Althlon X4 760k is holding me back so much that I've decided to get a more powerful CPU as well as some extra RAM and better cooling. How does this look for a £270 upgrade?

My current specs:

AMD Athlon x4 760k black edition
MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB Gaming Edition
4GB Corsair Value Ram @ 1333Mhz
MSI A78M-E35 Motherboard
EVGA 500w 80+ PSU
500GB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Zalman Z3 Plus Mid-Tower case

New specs:

AMD FX 8320 Overclocked (Unsure what Ghz yet) + CM Seidon 120v Watercooler + MX-4 Thermal Paste
MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB Gaming Edition
8GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 RAM @ 2133Mhz
Gigabyte 970A-UD3P Motherboard
EVGA 500w 80+ PSU
500GB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Bitfenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Case
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  1. Try 2 x 4gb 1866 1.5v cl9 ram instead per
    "Support for DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules (Note 2)" of http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4717#sp

    It'd be better if you could get ga 990fx ud3 instead.
  2. i7Baby said:
    Try 2 x 4gb 1866 1.5v cl9 ram instead per
    "Support for DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules (Note 2)" of http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4717#sp

    It'd be better if you could get ga 990fx ud3 instead.


    The RAM I have is surprisingly the cheapest I can find with a frequency over 1600Mhz so I think I'll just underclock the RAM I have. I had a sole budget of £250 so I had to go a little over just to get the 970 board.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention that the RAM is dual channel 2x4GB
  3. Put prices against your build and where sourced.

    Your ram is 68 pounds at Nova Tech

    Corsair 1866 is the same price at scan teach - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-pro-series-blue-pc3-14900-(1866)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-10-9-27
  4. i7Baby said:
    Put prices against your build and where sourced.

    Your ram is 68 pounds at Nova Tech

    Corsair 1866 is the same price at scan teach - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-pro-series-blue-pc3-14900-(1866)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-9-10-9-27


    Everything listed here is from Amazon, the RAM on amazon is £63 and all qualifies for a free delivery
  5. The 1866 has cl9 the 2133 cl11.

    Anyway. Hopefully you can later use it on a better mobo.
  6. i7Baby said:
    The 1866 has cl9 the 2133 cl11.

    Anyway. Hopefully you can later use it on a better mobo.


    Would this motherboard do for a slight overclock, and then I can upgrade in maybe 2-3 months?
  7. Best answer
    Yep. Just take it easy.

    If you're feeling cashed up you could even get ASRock 990fx Fatality or Asus 990fx Sabertooth.
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