Cheap gaming PC upgrade.

I need some help with building my new PC. I'm trying to stay within a budget of 400 dollars and I want a PC that can play most modern games with at least 30 fps. The parts I currently already have are:

SPARKLE GeForce GTS 250 512mb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814187070

Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-Desk [...] B001NIFRYW


and I am currently thinking about getting these parts:


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Deneb 3.2GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103999

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013


Any help would be appreciated.
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  1. Whats mobo do u have
  2. The card you selected doesn't support DX 11. If you are cool with that, OK. But otherwise you can get a Radeon 5750 for a little over $80 if you look and get higher frames, better quality HD decoding, and better API support.
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106002

    $129.99 AMD A6-3670K Unlocked Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D

    This is the board i have below, with a A6-3650 apu. 2.6ghz stock, 26 multi, locked of course.
    3.51ghz, 135fsb.1.45volts. It runs cool, arctic cooling 13pro cooler, 31c max temp so far.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128511
    $94.99 GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H FM1 AMD A75

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570
    $35.99 Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    I was lucky and picked kingston memory that has short coolers on them like this set has. It barely clears the cpu cooler. Memory with taller heat spreaders on them will hit the cpu cooler on this small packed micro atx board. Also i was lucky and the memory was installed before the cooler, you must install the memory before the cooler.

    Its just a alternative to your phenomII build that's all. I noticed the "k" Llano is out.
    I dont think having the "k" will gain much for overclocking, on my board the apu fails testing before the fsb crashes on my board, so 3.51ghz is about it for that chip.

    Unless amd is binning them a bit better for the K series.
  4. a note on overclocking Llano: It seems to go unstable much over a 105 MHz FSB, then restabilizes at 133 MHz, so try that
  5. Ya i forgot to mention that, the pci bus resets at 134. I also set the mem at 1066, it follows the fsb and ends up at 1470mhz. I have ddr3-1600 kingston mem, 1.65 volts.

    I am thinking the "K" can maybe do 135 times 28 multi or 3.76ghz.

    Soon people will be posting their overclocks so we can see how the K does.

    I would still run the 250 with the Llano. The 250 is alot faster then the integrated Llano gpu.
  6. ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

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    The M5A97 is equipped with dual Intelligent Processors technology. This exclusive design consists of the EPU (Energy Processing Unit), which automatically monitors power consumption system-wide to ensure efficiency, and the TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) - guaranteeing superior performance for every task, bringing users an unbeatable experience. Also included is the intuitive and feature laden ASUS UEFI BIOS menu interface allowing users to control and adjust their motherboard settings through the use of a mouse-enabled interface for a superior user-friendly experience that BIOS does not offer.
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