Think I need an upgrade..

Hey all!

Basically right now I'm trying to upgrade my PC. With the exception of a few parts it's several years old.

A few months ago I picked up a GTX 460 SE Video card.

But here is the rest.

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+, x64 Family 15 Model 43 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3071 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476835 MB, Free - 119670 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., GA-K8NF-9, x.x
Antivirus: AntiVir Desktop, Not Updated

I'm hoping to build a Gaming PC that will play upcoming games like BF3 on max with the occasional one or two part upgrades a year.

I asked on another forums and so far this is what was suggested.



Ram (This x2)



As well as getting a couple 500gb SATA III HDD's.

This would all cost me around $635. Which I can handle.

I don't want to destroy my wallet and could maybe go slightly higher, but only if I really need to.


Edit: I know I said max BF3 above, but not sure if that has to include full AA as I'm not 100% sure what AA even means and if it's worth shelling out more money for.
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  1. Those links don't work and AA smooths edges.

    At that budget i would aim for Phenom II x4 965 and a HD 5770, making sure you have a half decent case and a quality PSU. If that's too expensive i would drop to a tri core or something.

    EDIT: Oh you already have the GPU, sorry i'm half asleep. Go for that Phenom or an i3/i5.
  2. Thanks and sorry for the mistake.

    Ram (This x2)
    It was also recommended that I switch to Windows 64 bit. Which I think my cd came with both 32 and 64.

    These were linked to me on another forum. The only thing I'm not sure about is the motherboard.. it bothers me that it has 0 reviews as I usually am only tempted to buy things that are highly rated by alot of people

    Does anyone know another mother board that is as good or maybe slightly better that would be compatible with the other items I've linked/have (Can be slightly higher in price if need be)? Would you recommend anything different from what I've linked?

    Also these seem to be on par or better than your recommendations. Do you think I would be able to run a game like BF3 on max settings and a good FPS with this setup? After all, that is my purpose for upgrading.. to be able to max upcoming high end graphic games.

    Thanks again!
  3. is your budget roughly 650 b4 or after rebates?
    330 mobo + cpu (20 rebate)
    185 psu + ram (10 rebate)
    case + hd 140 (25 rebate)

    655 B4 rebates and shipping

    600 after rebates b4 shipping but you probably will need an OS because your cd probably didn't come with an os. and you need a dvd burner if you don't already have one. (Note you probably could downgrade on some of the parts)

    OS (100) or
    DVD burner(20)

    total b4 shipping and after rebate is 720
  4. That all looks ok except for the CPU and motherboard, that CPU isn't really for gaming. You would get like twice the performance for a little bit more out of an i5-2500k. Since you already have that GTX 460 SE though, i would consider getting a cheaper CPU if favour of a graphics upgrade because the recommended spec for BF3 is a GTX 460 and the SE is a crippled version of it. I would go with:

    Instead of your CPU and motherboard, and get another GTX 460 SE when you can afford it since then it will be your graphics holding you back.
  5. not to be nitpicky but my cpu mobo package is the i5-2500k
  6. I took some advice from both of you and kinda of put it together. Please, let me know what you think..

    Mobo and CPU

    Case and HDD

    (Might find a different HDD as a lot of people apparently had DOA or bad experiences with it)



    630 is what it comes out to. Roughly.

    Would this be a good setup and are the parts even compatable with each other? Any recommendation for improvements? I didn't like the reviews for the PSU that was in the combo that's why I kept mine. If you know of one that's higher reviewed by more people and better please let me know.

    I can always scalp up money for another video card afterwards but I don't think I want to sacrifice the quality of the rest of the machine just so I can buy another card sooner.

    As for budget its not really set in stone, I'm just not wanting to spend a whole lot more if I really don't need to.

    Edit: Oops accidently linked the PSU from the combo. Fix'd it.
  7. you may have to figure in a new os. just so you know if you want to use all of your ram if you only have a 32bit os
  8. Just found a PSU + Ram combo thats reviewed well, would this be compatible with my setup?

    Edit: I have Windows 7 cd that I think came with both 32 and 64 bit. I bought it separately so should be able to install it on new computer and deactivate it or w.e on old one.
  9. I appreciate the help in this thread and have been thinking that since the BF3 requirements are official yet, I'll maybe save up til closer to release that way I may have a bigger budget plus newer things might be released and prices might change. Maybe with and idea of the specs of BF3 I'll have a better idea of what future gaming will require and I might be able to build a system that will last without the need of too many future upgrades for awhile.
  10. The i5-2500k is an excellent CPU and im not saying the Phenom II x4 965 is better im just saying that i doubt a GTX 460 SE will max BF3 and spending the whole budget on everything but graphics seems silly to me when the whole point is to play games.
  11. you probably are right about b3 max settings since he had a video card I was going to use that but my build gave him room to upgrade. We don't know the system reqs because the ones gamestop posted are unconfirmed or fake.

    I tend to feel that a processor will get more life than a video card. and video cards seem to be a lot easier to replace. A 260 se probably could run it on medium settings at least. I think at some point you may have to decide if you want to replace the graphics card in a bit or your processor in a bit.

    I feel that a 460 se 4th of july specials had these at 70 after rebates, now the off brand is 100 might just be cash down the drain, 4th of july specials had these at 70 after rebates. Now a gtx 460 is about the same price. If I am going to suggest a 100+ graphics card in a build I feel that it should be upgradeable like getting a second one for a decent price. Palit cheapest for 100 after rebates are they any good?.

    To jmsellars1 I may have been a little defensive but I felt that it needed to be said that a 2500k is a good cpu for gaming.

    I stick with my previous build and upgrade gpu when you can. I would suggest a 900 board in an AMD chipset which would run about the price of a 2500k.
  12. Well i suppose it's a choice between maxing games right now or getting more life out of your system then.
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