Wanting to upgrade for gaming, Don't know what to do first! Help!

Basically I am looking to upgrade my PC slowly I have a custom built PC (someone else built it) But I am ready to upgrade it now I notice i get some lagg on games like CoD MW3 with settings up high. And I play alot of MMO's like Rift, EQ2, and will be playing SWTOR soon. Anyhow. I want to know what I should be saving up to upgrade first and what I should upgrade it with. Here are my specs to the best of my ability lol. I have:
GPU - ATI Radeon HD 4870 1gb DDR5
CPU - AMD Athlon II x4 640 Processor (4 CPU's) 3.0 GZ
Ram - 1 Stick of Gskill Ripjaw 4G
OS - 64 bit Win 7 Ultimate
Power - I think its 760w
My Mother board im not sure how to find out exactly what it is but I know its an Asus and it only has 1 slot for a Video card and 2 slots for ram.
I hope this is enough info and I appricate the help. Thanks!
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  1. You could go with a 6950 and you will notice a nice performance jump to what you already have, overclocking your cpu will give you more too.
  2. I am just scared to overclock anything, I have never messed with it and can't afford a whole new PC if i screw it up.
  3. @kmfv:don't be scared that much,It is very rare that overclocking your PC can permanantly damage your PC,just be sure you have a decent CPU cooler/heatsink,I've just started overclocking by changing FSB frequency,therer are hundreds of guides around the internet,just google it.btw,what's your budget on upgrade?

    @monsta:you cannnot suggest that card without knowing full specs of his Mobo
  4. The most I could really spend right now would be around 200 with chrismas shopping being done money is kind of tight.
  5. I found a decient CPU Cooler tho for $25 I think im deffinatly going to pick that up before I decide to try Overclocking. I also have to find a good program to read my CPU Tempature. I have downloaded 3 different ones that have Been "recommended" On different threads and all have been junk or didn't work so far.
  6. I see you want around $200. 6950 cost about $230+. This one is the cheapest one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125385 If you want around $200 I suggest this 560Ti card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401 It is $213. Though it seems that you better get 6950 because it has better frame rate in games that you show us. And yes CPU should be OCed to 3.5 Ghz or more. Make sure your motherboard supports P C I express 2.0 slot or better if you want the 6950. I don't know about the 560 Ti though, somewhere I hear that they work on 1.0 slot.

    And what is the PSU brand? Yes get that decent CPU cooler if you are scared of Overclocking. What is it anyway?
  7. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 a link for the cooler i want to buy. as far as the brand of the PSU not 100% sure, I will be able to to tell ya when I get home from work. and should i go with the 6950 or the 6870?
  8. I must to know your PSU first. And It depends on you if you want 6950 or 6870.
    It depends on how are you using the computer. If you like decent fps on 1080p and WQXGA then you can go with 6950. But if not too much then 6870.

    And that CPU cooler is cool. It is decent and get it.
  9. Sorry it took so long to reply but i found the specs on my PSU its
    A-Power AGS 620W 20+4-pin Dual-Fan ATX Power Supply


    General Features:
    620-watts total power
    110V, 220V switchable power supply
    Dual 80 mm low noise fan design
    One (1) 14-inch 20+4-pin ATX power connector
    One (1) 14-inch 4-pin 12V power connector
    Four (4) large Molex 4-pin power connectors
    One (1) small floppy power connector
    Four (4) SATA power connector
    Lead-Free


    Power Specifications:
    110V/220V~50/60Hz OR 115V/230V~60/50Hz
    +3.3V, 24A
    +5V, 32A
    +12V, 38A
    +12V, 0.6A
    -12V, 0.5A
    +5Vsb, 2A
  10. kmfv said:
    Sorry it took so long to reply but i found the specs on my PSU its
    A-Power AGS 620W 20+4-pin Dual-Fan ATX Power Supply


    General Features:
    620-watts total power
    110V, 220V switchable power supply
    Dual 80 mm low noise fan design
    One (1) 14-inch 20+4-pin ATX power connector
    One (1) 14-inch 4-pin 12V power connector
    Four (4) large Molex 4-pin power connectors
    One (1) small floppy power connector
    Four (4) SATA power connector
    Lead-Free


    Power Specifications:
    110V/220V~50/60Hz OR 115V/230V~60/50Hz
    +3.3V, 24A
    +5V, 32A
    +12V, 38A
    +12V, 0.6A
    -12V, 0.5A
    +5Vsb, 2A


    You don't have 6 pin PCI-E connectors? Make sure you buy a GPU that has a molex to PCI-E Adapter.

    And what connectors do you use from your PSU to yout old GPU?
  11. I have one that fits into the GPU and i have an addapter that connects to two 4 pins that also goes into the GPU if thats what you mean.
  12. kmfv said:
    I have one that fits into the GPU and i have an addapter that connects to two 4 pins that also goes into the GPU if thats what you mean.


    Well you are fine then. But you then need 2 6 pin PCI-E connectors for 6870. I doubt if 6950 can work with that PSU or not. So, 6870 is the best for you I think.
  13. Well a new PSU wouldn't be that expensive honestly. But my main question is my motherboard doesn't have a PCI-E 2.0 slot.. it does have a PCI-Ex16 with that work?
  14. Really? Then you can't get New Radeons. Take a look at 560 Ti? Or the 560 Non Ti version? I hear somewhere that they work on PCIE 1.1 or 1.0, Correct me if I am wrong.
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