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Athlon II x4 645; GTX 550ti upgrade

Hello everyone. I am going to upgrade my current system and i don't know a lot about all this pc stuff, so i hope you guys wiil help me out.
Right now i have Athlon II x4 645 processor and Gtx 550ti. Motherboard is GYGABYTE MA770T-UD3, i think (not even sure about that).
Currently i have about 200$, so i cant upgrade the whole system. I was thinking of buying Rx 480 and pick up Ryzen when it is released, but maybe you can suggest something better. Thanks!
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  1. I suggest you clarify your goals before spending money. What will you accomplish buying a 480 now? What I mean is, if a new build(Ryzen/480) is your plan, why not wait until Ryzen comes out before you buy anything? It's not like 480s are going up in price. Are you sure that when Ryzen comes out that you will be buying in, no matter what it costs? What happens if it's more expensive/not as good as you were planning? Then you'll be stuck with an Athlon II X4/480 setup that's seriously unbalanced.
  2. going from a system like yours, i think you need to be putting in at least 300$ for an upgrade that would make sense. But even then you are still leaving a part of your system outdated.

    I dont think there are any rx480s around for 200$ (or ones that you should buy)

    This is a much better aim. If you have access to windows10 (or wish to buy), then take an i3-7100 build.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus H110M-E/M.2 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($45.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($47.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 4GB G1 Gaming Video Card ($186.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $389.86
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-30 22:14 EST-0500
  3. hehe I had similar specs a few years ago, except I had a 640 instead. You really can't do much on $200, I mean you could get the 4gb rx 480 but it's really not going to last long term if you want to play games like GTA V or whatever AAA games come out. If you have a really tight budget though I guess you have no choice but to go with AMD hardware.
  4. dontlistentome said:
    I suggest you clarify your goals before spending money. What will you accomplish buying a 480 now? What I mean is, if a new build(Ryzen/480) is your plan, why not wait until Ryzen comes out before you buy anything? It's not like 480s are going up in price. Are you sure that when Ryzen comes out that you will be buying in, no matter what it costs? What happens if it's more expensive/not as good as you were planning? Then you'll be stuck with an Athlon II X4/480 setup that's seriously unbalanced.

    I'm not sure about anyrhing tbh. I guess i'm just looking for a quick cheap update that wiil get me to at least 30 fps. And about ryzen, i know i can buy something more adequate for my build right now, but if ryzen will live up to all hype i woudn't want to miss out on that.
  5. gussrtk said:
    going from a system like yours, i think you need to be putting in at least 300$ for an upgrade that would make sense. But even then you are still leaving a part of your system outdated.

    I dont think there are any rx480s around for 200$ (or ones that you should buy)

    This is a much better aim. If you have access to windows10 (or wish to buy), then take an i3-7100 build.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus H110M-E/M.2 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($45.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($47.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 470 4GB G1 Gaming Video Card ($186.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $389.86
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-30 22:14 EST-0500

    I see, thanks! but do you think it is possible to find a decent cpu for my motherboard? or it needs to go? Also i thought ddr4 is more like a luxury. You think i need it now?
  6. Best answer
    well... if talking about throwing a CPU at it and hoping for better performance... not much of options out there for this.

    Your motherboard only supports a few CPU types of which a lot of CPU are no longer retail sold (there still are some lower end ones), and the ones that are "worth" it, used on ebay are over 100$. It's a little bit of a throwing money down the drain path, because this upgrade is temporary for quite a bit of work. although I understand your point, if you want, maybe make a post in the CPU section asking if any viable CPU upgrades, There are some phenom II on ebay, around 70-150$ (depending on performance) which are better than your CPU. like a phenom II x4 965 (example), still better check and get a 2nd opinion, these components I don't know too much about.


    DDR4 is no longer a luxury, it's price is on par with DDR3, so they are both pretty much mainstream now.

    Just remember, Hype doesn't always deliver. If you don't have a big need for upgrde (satisfied more or less for your needs) then for you it does make sense to take a better CPU, but, how much will it increase your performance? depends how lucky you get with your find :). have a 2nd opinion on the chips
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