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November 28, 2011 10:00:31 PM

It's about 2.5 years old now and he is complaining about getting 10fps in World of Warcraft when raiding. That's pretty much the extent of what he plays haha. So anyways we are looking to see what options we have for upgrades. He's going to ask for stuff for Christmas so the budget is probably around $200-300 total.

Current Specs:

RAM: (4GB DDR2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD (ASUS AM2+): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU (Athlon X2 7750): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU (9800GTX+): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE + PSU (500w came with case): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At first i was like just buy a 6850 or something. Then i remembered the PSU is crap and the CPU will probably bottleneck. I'm not so sure about our options anymore... i suppose overclocking is an option but neither of us have any experience with that. Thus i have come to you guys seeking guidance :p 

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November 28, 2011 10:15:43 PM

xenobreak said:
It's about 2.5 years old now and he is complaining about getting 10fps in World of Warcraft when raiding. That's pretty much the extent of what he plays haha. So anyways we are looking to see what options we have for upgrades. He's going to ask for stuff for Christmas so the budget is probably around $200-300 total.

Current Specs:

RAM: (4GB DDR2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD (ASUS AM2+): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU (Athlon X2 7750): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU (9800GTX+): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE + PSU (500w came with case): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At first i was like just buy a 6850 or something. Then i remembered the PSU is crap and the CPU will probably bottleneck. I'm not so sure about our options anymore... i suppose overclocking is an option but neither of us have any experience with that. Thus i have come to you guys seeking guidance :p 


I would recommend a quad core cpu, 4gb of DDR 3, a 500 watt PSU, and a GTX 560.
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November 28, 2011 10:17:26 PM

I'm pretty sure that's way above the $200-300 mark lol
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November 28, 2011 10:18:18 PM

xenobreak said:
That is his current config lols... hence the "Current Specs:" part ^_^

i thought you were buying all that crap for $300 thinking it was an upgrade lol
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November 28, 2011 10:20:57 PM

RAM, MOTHERBOARD, CPU would be your best choice.

the 9800GTX is already quite outdated.... thinking of another one and maybe you can add a GPU in the budget.

but depending on your spec of your old comp, things may fit together well... idk.

but if youre looking to just upgrade, look for the compatibility rather than straight wants :) 
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November 28, 2011 10:26:04 PM

That IS the current configuration, it seems to me, based on the fact that the parts are all old and many are deactivated.
Right?
That PSU should be fine for even a 6870. That plus an X4 955 is $300, or $275 after rebate. A cheaper alternative ($210) is a 6850 and an X3 455.
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November 28, 2011 10:26:29 PM

a new GPU would give him more FPS than just a new CPU.
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November 28, 2011 10:33:09 PM

I would upgrade the cpu and gpu only. Not enough for a new cmobo I think. Ram/psu/case is ok I think.

The recently updated "Best gaming Cpu" put the Anthlon II X3 455 as the cheapest best cpu.
In this chart...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-overcloc...
...its well above the current cpu. It costs only $80. There's one cpu above this one(X3 460) and you might as well get that.

Gpu I would get a 6870. Which is around $180.
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November 28, 2011 10:34:51 PM

Guys. That's not a suggested configuration in the OP. It's the current configuration.
@bear I think the X3 would bottleneck the 6870, especially in stuff like SC2 (which everyone should play).
Yep, AM2+ takes Phenom IIs.
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November 28, 2011 10:37:38 PM

kajabla said:
Guys. That's not a suggested configuration in the OP. It's the current configuration.
@bear I think the X3 would bottleneck the 6870, especially in stuff like SC2 (which everyone should play).


Yeah... I don't know much about the amd platform. I just used the guide. I didn't know that phenoms could fit in it. I would go higher on the cpu and lower on the gpu than.

<3 Starcraft :D 
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November 29, 2011 6:40:04 AM

Upgrade:
1. X4 955 + HD6850 (keep the rest)
2. New mobo+DDR3
3. PSU (only if the one you own at the moment is broken)

I would recommend for you first to have upgrade nr.1 and see the result first before going to upgrade nr.2
Reasons (saving costs):
1. Going from DDR2 to DDR3 is not really significant, replacing RAM from DDR2 to DDR3 will require a new mobo. Not an absolute need here.
2. Usually AM2+ mobos can still accept Phenom II procs (BIOS update could be necessary)


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