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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
MSI K9AGM3
DDR2 2GB RAM
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 newegg.com, 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
ASRock M3A770DE, AMD 770, DDR3, SATA2, RAID, GBLAN, ATX AM3
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.
!