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Upgrading PC, need advice

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August 1, 2011 10:33:48 AM

Hello. I am thinking about upgrading my PC because it's can't handle newer games like BF:BC2 or Arma2. The thing is, I have all the peripherals I need like keyboard, monitor and stuff, so the only stuff I need is the CPU, mobo, GPU and RAM. I am planning to reuse an OCZ ModXStream-PRO 500W PSU.

As for requirements, I mainly use it for gaming, although not so hardcore (I am an oldschool gamer raised on Atari games, I don't care if I have to turn off antialiasing or HDR to get better framerates). Monitor resolution is 1440x900.

My current PC:

AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+ 2.6GHz
GAINWARD Bliss 9600GT 512MB (very loud, friends laugh at me for having a drill instead of a GPU!)

I bought it three years ago and it worked fairly well for these three years.
I am thinking of this for an upgrade (priced taken from, I live and will buy the PC in Poland but that's irrelevant, you can link me stuff from newegg):

AMD Phenom II X4 965 135$
AsRock M3A770DE 60$
Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 37$
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6770 1GB 130$
Total: 362$

As you can see, it's a hardcore budget PC, although it costs exactly as much as my previous one and that worked for me.

Now, my question:

What do you think about these CPU and GPU choices. There are so many GPUs with misleading naming, I don't want to accidentally buy an office card struggling with any 3D.
Perhaps I picked something wrong and I can get a better thing for a similar price?

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 1, 2011 10:46:10 AM

my suggestion is to get an Athlon II X3 450 instead of the Phenom II.

Use the saved money to buy a 1 TB Hard drive, as your old drive will not work well for this.
August 1, 2011 11:18:09 AM

Isn't the Athlon II worse? (three cores instead of four).

Also, what's the deal with the hard drive? I have my handy 250GB drive which serves me well (150GB free :p ), and as far as I know, apart from SSD drives, nothing had changed on the HDD technology front?
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August 1, 2011 12:36:47 PM

Hmm. That card is too expensive for me. But what do you think about Radeon 6790? It's only 10$ more.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 1, 2011 4:43:21 PM

6790 is about the same as a 460SE.

I'll suggest the HD6850 for around $159, or GTS 450 around $110.
August 1, 2011 8:00:04 PM

I've already placed an order, wish me luck and hope I won't break the CPU while installing it. :) 

Radeon HD6850 Sapphire 1024MB GDDR5, DP, HDMI
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BOX (3.4GHz, Quad Core, 6MB, 125W, AM3) Black Edition
DDR3 4GB 1333MHz GoodRAM (2x2GB, DualDDR, CL9)

~467$ (using a currency converter, don't treat it literally)
a b B Homebuilt system
August 1, 2011 11:03:15 PM

looks good.