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December 18, 2011 5:28:48 PM

Sorry if in wrong category i got confused lol

So im looking to upgrade something in my rig and i obviously want to upgrade the worst component. I'm not gonna get a better graphics card if my cpu is gonna bottleneck it if you know what i mean ;) 

Here are the specs:

J&W JW-A780LM AM3 mobo
AMD Athlon II x2 250 3.0Ghz @ 3.51Ghz
2x2GB DDR2 800 memory
Gainward GTS 450 GS(Golden Sample)

What do you guys think i should upgrade? I'm maybe thinking my cpu to a Phenom II x4 955 but there's also an idea to get a new mobo with 8GB(2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz memory... Any suggestions??

BTW I'm mainly using my pc for gaming and i'm playing on a 1920x1080 22" monitor

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December 18, 2011 5:40:30 PM

Upgrade everything or better build another system.
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December 18, 2011 5:56:22 PM

yeah forgot to mention i'm poor >.>
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December 18, 2011 5:58:58 PM

in that system the cpu is the thing most needing upgrading go for a phenom 9xx
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December 18, 2011 6:03:31 PM

Shape said:
Upgrade everything or better build another system.

THAT'S super helpful. If the OP was building a new rig, he would've asked for build advice.

Johan, your system is nicely balanced - it'll play 2010 games and older pretty well. There are only 7 games or so that came out this year that demand a quad-core to play at decent fps.

I'm not planning on playing any of those except eventually Crysis 2, but I want better fps in my current games, so I'm getting an HD 6870 with my Xmas cash and putting off upgrading to a Phenom II X4. (Our builds are similar)

It really depends what games you want to play. Grab a Phenom if you want to play games like Witcher 2, Deus Ex, and Skyrim at decent settings and fps, or get an HD 6870/GTX 560 if you want to max settings/fps on 2010 or older games.
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December 18, 2011 6:04:13 PM

don't need to upgrade anything

if you wanted to see things load real fast, get an SSD drive, but they are expensive.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Motherboard-CPU-Bundle-/13151...



Maybe you could upgrade your CPU, sell your x2 for 30 pounds, use that money to fund a 955.

Can your mobo take ddr3 memory ?

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December 18, 2011 6:05:48 PM

jessterman21 said:
THAT'S super helpful. If the OP was building a new rig, he would've asked for build advice.

Johan, your system is nicely balanced right now - it'll play 2010 games and older pretty well. There are only 7 games or so that came out this year that demand a quad-core to play at decent fps. (We have similar rigs, and I'm not planning on playing any of those except eventually Crysis 2, but I want better fps in my current games, so I'm getting an HD 6870 with my Xmas cash and putting off upgrading to a Phenom II X4.) It really depends what games you want to play. Grab a Phenom if you want to play Witcher 2, Deus Ex, and Skyrim at decent settings and fps, or get an HD 6870/GTX 560 if you want to max settings/fps on 2010 or older games.



No game has ever been released that had minimum requirements of a quad core.


Also, does his mobo take 95w or 125 CPUs ?

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December 18, 2011 6:06:52 PM

Your system is good.

Maybe get ddr3 memory if your mobo takes it.


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December 18, 2011 6:13:19 PM

Fuggles, not required, no, but to get above 25fps or so... yes, there are a few. Black Ops, Hard Reset, and the others I mentioned. Check Techspot's benchmarks.
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December 18, 2011 6:28:36 PM

No it doesn't support DDR3, it has 2 DDR2 slots, also it says on the mobo's website it supports Phenom II but only 95w max'

Forgot to mention, i like playing all kinds of games but i get a lot of lag when playing Supreme commander over lan when there's a lot of units on the map, and i'm currently playing Anno 2070 and Saints Row The Third which i would like to have a little more fps in :) 
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December 18, 2011 7:37:29 PM

^^^^^^^^ this
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December 18, 2011 11:31:54 PM

what uther39 said
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December 19, 2011 12:40:45 AM

What's your budget and PSU, we can start there. The most you'll spend on a Phenom II is $125, but the sky's the limit for video cards.
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December 19, 2011 4:10:26 AM

I have a Vantec iON 2 VAN-600N PSU, 600watt and it's sli certified, also my budget is about $130
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December 19, 2011 6:07:21 AM

Upgrade the athlon to a phenom cpu. :D 
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December 19, 2011 11:35:02 AM

Yeah you'll get a small boost in your games, and you can save up for a better video card in the meantime.
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December 19, 2011 1:47:05 PM

so the cpu then?
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December 19, 2011 2:04:56 PM

Yeah you'll need at least $160-$180 to make a worthwhile video card upgrade.
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December 19, 2011 2:14:04 PM

yes cpu save up again then gpu
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December 19, 2011 5:55:46 PM

Best answer selected by johanvheerden.
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December 19, 2011 5:56:44 PM

thanks guys for the help, gonna buy a cpu then save up for a gpu, maybe the 560 Ti :) 
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