Upgrading Gaming PC, need help.

Buying from: MSY Technology.

Current Parts:
CPU: AMD 955 BE @3.2Ghz.
MOBO: ASUS M4A97TD/USB3.
GPU: Gigabyte 1GB GTX460 OC Version.
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
PSU: Corsair TX-650watt
CASE: Antec Darkfleet DF-85

Upgrade Parts:
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600 Sandy Bridge 1155pin $289 (dont want to overclock)
MOBO: ASUS P8P67-M-Pro-V3 DDR3 Intel 1155pin $148
GPU: Gigabyte 2GB HD6970 OR Gigabyte 1.28GB GTX570 (Which one??) $362 OR $362
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz.
PSU: Corsair TX-650watt (Keep the same IF possible)
CASE: Antec Darkfleet DF-85 (Keep Same)

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Wants to be able to play Battlefield 3 on max or very high graphics.

SLI/Crossfire: No.

System Usage: Gaming, nothing else.
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  1. Save yourself money and get an i5 2500k. anything above that is overkill if all you're doing is gaming.

    For a GPU, save yourself a little more money and get one of these
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121373&cm_re=gtx480-_-14-121-373-_-Product

    That setup alone will definitely play BF3 on max settings, especially at that resolution
  2. The the resolution you game at I think the only upgrade you should try is updating the graphics card .

    If that doesnt get you results then upgrade the rest . But I doubt you will need to
  3. dandrews said:
    Save yourself money and get an i5 2500k. anything above that is overkill if all you're doing is gaming.

    For a GPU, save yourself a little more money and get one of these
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121373&cm_re=gtx480-_-14-121-373-_-Product

    That setup alone will definitely play BF3 on max settings, especially at that resolution

    I also want to future proof it a bit aswell. I'll definitely consider the i5 2500, are the benchmarks much different for the i7 2600 and i5 2500?. I was thinking maybe the 1GB 6950 but I'm not sure. I don't want to upgrade from a 400 series to another 400 series because I don't see the point. Lastly will my psu be fine for these upgrades and how would my current pc specs do if I played bf3 on it?
  4. i've also got the same mobo as you, when you SLI (or xfire) you'll have to do something about cooling your cards because they are basically exchanging heat. i would go with the GTX 570 because it has physx and cuda and is a bit faster @http://www.hwcompare.com/9020/geforce-gtx-570-vs-radeon-hd-6970/. The i5 sometimes beats the i7 in some games and can keep up @http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/20. seriously, you have the 955 why do you need to upgrade? getting a new GPU would be as far as i go, on the chart provided above (from amadtech) the 970 is the same processor as yours, just with a higher clock speed. IMO you shoudl just oc that 955 and MAYBE get a new GPU, i see nothing wrong with the stuff you currently have
  5. Why get an GTx 480 OR GTx 570 when there's a way better one just for the same price?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130626&cm_re=evga_gtx_460_2gb-_-14-130-626-_-Product

    Upgrade you Memory to 1600MHz...

    AND your CPU should be fine since games only takes effect mostly in quad cores.
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