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Upgrading current gaming system

I am planning to upgrade my gaming system in about a month with a budget of 200-300 dollars.

Specs:

OS: Windows XP 32 bit (Going to Windows 7 64 bit when I upgrade)

Optical drive: LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106228&cm_re=n82e16827106228-_-27-106-228-_-Product

Case: APEVIA X-JUPITER-JR G-Type X-JPJGT-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144197&Tpk=N82E16811144197

Hard drive: Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750 GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard drive

Motherboard: ASRock A780GXE/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G ATX AMD Motherboard (Not enough room for Crossfire)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157139&cm_re=N82E16813157139-_-13-157-139-_-Product

Power Supply: COOLMAX NW-650B 650W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready / CrossFire Ready and Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply (Not enough plugs for Crossfire)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817159082&Tpk=n82e16817159082

Memory: Kingston HyperX 2 GB (2 x 1 GB) 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) (Actuly DDR2 800)

CPU: AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HD960ZWCGDBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103244&cm_re=n82e16819103244-_-19-103-244-_-Product

GPU: ATI HIS 4870 512MB

Thanks for helping
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  1. The best choice depends on what kind of improvement you want.

    If you want more processing power, upgrade to a new Phenom II processor. Not a lot of good things are said about the Phenom Is. The new Phenoms perform much better and are more reliable.

    Now would be a good time to upgrade. DDR2 ram and AM2 motherboards still fetch a decent price. Your motherboard supports AM3 processors, though, so you could install a new AMD processor without upgrading your motherboard or ram.

    If you want better performance in gaming, you should look at improving your graphics setup and processor. Your Phenom X4 and Radeon HD 4870 are pretty well balanced.

    An SSD will give you the obvious benefits of faster start-ups, shutdowns, loading times, and file transfers, but it won't improve gaming performance noticeably.


    General Processing Improvement: Processor
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.510961
    Total: $210


    General Processing Improvement: Processor, Motherboard, Memory
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
    OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CL7 Desktop Memory
    $195 after a $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.489062
    GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    $179 with promo code MBTEN923
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437524
    If you sell the DDR2 memory and motherboard on ebay, you could make back ~$60 (after fees and shipping).
    Total: $314


    SSD
    OCZ Agility 2 60GB Sandforce (top of the line) SSD
    $127 after a $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227542&cm_re=60gb_ssd-_-20-227-542-_-Product
    Total: $127


    Gaming Improvement: Processor, Graphics Card
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
    XFX HD 5850 w/lifetime warranty
    $355 after a $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.494181
    If you sell the HD4870 on ebay, you could make back ~$80 (after fees and shipping).
    Total: $275
  2. you might want to go used on the cpu and video card to build a good gaming rig for this budget. check bench marks vs price.

    I'm running a pretty low budget setup of ebay parts I've had about a year now but everything is playable at about 20-35fps, not all on the highest graphics though but this was pretty cheap about a year ago, I play dirt 2 full tilt but only 2x multisampling, today I'm sure you can get better, I hear AMD has the best budget cpus right now which Id what I'm probably going with on my next build and probably some better ram.

    8600gts 60$ oem pull from ebay
    Pentium D 3.4ghz 85$ from ebay
    intel 775board from new egg 86$
    kingston valueram 2.5gb i think was 50$ from newegg
    antec basiq 500w 60$

    case, fans, cdroms from old junk computers laying around or friends
  3. Best answer
    Well, first of all your PSU is a Chokemax. It is overrated, and not to be trusted with much more load than is on it now.
    With a budget of $200-$300, if you don't want to save it toward a rebuild, this is what I'd get:

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBNT
    Model #:F2-6400CL5D-4GBNT
    Item #:N82E16820231207
    $74.99 $74.99
    With Windows 7/64, you'll want more RAM, simple as that.

    SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Model #:S12II 620 Bronze
    Item #:N82E16817151096
    $89.99 -$20.00 Instant $69.99
    This PSU is modern, efficient, and will be strong enough to be re-usable in your next build, with a more powerful GPU.

    AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDX945WFGMBOX
    Model #:HDX945WFGMBOX
    Item #:N82E16819103809
    $135.99 $135.99
    You would probably do pretty well with an Athlon II X3 here too, for less than $90, but there's room in the budget, so this CPU would do well for you.

    Subtotal: $280.97

    No GPU upgrade. You're already high enough on the gaming GPU chart that to get a decent improvement would require at least a HD5850, or more likely a HD5870. Either of these would likely blow your Chokemax; with a PSU upgrade required, your budget is busted. You say there's no room (even though your mobo supports x8,x8 Crossfire) for a second GPU; in any case, although a second HD4870 would be a decent upgrade, it would also blow your Chokemax.
  4. How do you know if my motherboard will support AM3 or Phenom II?

    Supported CPU
    CPU Socket Type: AM2+/AM2
    CPU Type: Phenom FX / Phenom / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2
    FSB: 2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)
  5. stealth1304 said:
    How do you know if my motherboard will support AM3 or Phenom II?

    Supported CPU
    CPU Socket Type: AM2+/AM2
    CPU Type: Phenom FX / Phenom / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2
    FSB: 2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)

    Manufacturer's Product Page from Newegg:

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=A780GXE/128M&s=AM2%2b

    "CPU - Support for Socket AM2+ / AM2 processors: AMD Phenom™ FX / Phenom / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core / Athlon X2 Dual-Core / Athlon 64 / Sempron processor
    - Supports CPU up to 140W
    - AMD LIVE!™ Ready
    - Supports AMD's Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
    - FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s)
    - Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
    - Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology
    - AM3 CPU Ready"

    CPU Support List:

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/cpu.asp?Model=A780GXE/128M

    You may need to do a BIOs update, but your motherboard supports all of the standard AM3 Processors including the Thuban X6s. There were a couple new top of the line processors introduced last week that aren't listed (yet): Phenom II X4 970, X2 560 and Athlon II X4 645, X3 450, X2 265.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3937/amds-fall-refresh-new-phenom-ii-and-athlon-ii-cpus-balance-price-and-performance
  6. Best answer selected by Stealth1304.
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