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Upgrading Gaming PC, need help.

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July 10, 2011 5:54:02 AM

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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July 10, 2011 6:17:02 AM

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=N82E168...

That setup alone will definitely play BF3 on max settings, especially at that resolution
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July 10, 2011 6:25:47 AM

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
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July 10, 2011 9:41:48 AM

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=N82E168...

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?
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July 10, 2011 9:57:59 AM

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.... The i5 sometimes beats the i7 in some games and can keep up @http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev.... 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
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