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Upgrading my CPU, GPU and Mobo

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November 16, 2011 11:49:18 AM

hello, i am new to these forums and in need of some advice.

I am looking to upgrade my the first pc i built over three years ago.

I am just looking at getting a new cpu and mobo and also a gpu.

I am primarily a gamer.

I would like to be able to play skyrim bf3 etc on medium settings with an average resolution. Ideally i would like the system to be viable for another 2-3 years before i need another upgrade of these components.

Also i have never OC'ed but would not be against trying it if it was needed.

I have an expensive option and a cheaper option, and would like your thoughts, would they achieve my aims?

(i am using as my site of choice, they were very good last time)

Expensive Option:

i5 2500k 168 GBP

Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 intel Z68 115 GBP

XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 1024mb GDDR5 140 GBP

Cheap Option:

AMD Quad Core Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 93 GBP

Asus M5A78L LE AMD 760G (Socket AM3+) Motherboard 55 GBP

XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 1024mb GDDR5 140 GBP

I have the same GPU because i know that this is the most important bit of kit for good gaming performance.

Obviously the i5 would be better, but would the AMD achieve my aims?

Many thanks

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November 16, 2011 11:59:17 AM

the 955 you can OC to 965 speeds which wil add a little more performance BF3 on medium settings
November 16, 2011 12:36:37 PM

bf3 doesnt depend weather you have i5 or pii.
skyrim likes intel i5.
my vote goes to i5 for its skyrim performance
November 16, 2011 5:17:21 PM

thanks for the replies, any other ideas out there?