Upgrade Gaming PC - Advice

I want to upgrade my pc for gaming. Around 7 months ago i bought the XFX Radeon HD6870 Black Edition 1024 MB and it seems that my CPU is to bad for this card. i wanne upgrade my system for around €400 and i think the best thing to upgrade would be my memmory , motherboard and CPU. I would like to have advice about the best Cpu, Motherboard etc or any other suggestions.

Thx in advance

This is my current setup:

XFX Radeon HD6870 Black Edition 1024 MB

Asus P5E Deluxe X48

OCZ Memory Platinum Dual Channel 4096 MB, PC8500, 1066 MHz, 5, Kit Of 2

Corsair TX750 750 Watt, 24 Pins

Samsung Spinpoint F1 640 GB, 7200 Rpm, 16 MB, S-ATA II/300

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz, 12 MB, Tray

Cooler Master CM 690 Zwart, Geen Voeding

Creative Soundblaster X-Fi XtremeGamer

LG GH20NS10 S-ATA, Bulk, Zwart
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  1. Thats a huge bottleneck. Wait a while for the configuration.
  2. Are you on a budget? Here's a $1100 upgrade that will boost your system to amazing
    Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E $599.99
    Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 DELUXE $379.99
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM $199.99
    Of course you can turn down the specs a bit, a cheaper CPU with LGA 2011 socket... I would recommend a Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz Processor. Also, a cheaper 8GB RAM won't make much difference either depending on your usage.
    Hope I helped!
  3. I'm not quite sure that is the bottleneck, but where do you want to buy from?

    These will be the parts...
    CPU: i5-2500K
    CPU Coooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
    Motherboard: ASUS, ASRock, Gigabtye...something around 100euros
    RAM: DDR3 8GB(2x4GB) 1600MHz Kit, G.Skil, Corsair, etc...

    This should bring you in under 400euros easily.
  4. I can indeed go for the:

    Intel Core I5 2500K 3.33 GHz €169

    G.Skill RipjawsX 8G 2133 Mhz 8 GB ( 2x 4GB ) €79

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO € 30

    i have around €120 left for a motherboard.

    Got any advice wich motherboard is good in price/quality ? ? ?

    thx a lot for the info so far
  5. and when i order my parts its usally from www.salland.eu but i dont really mind if its another company
    ( forgot to add this @ last reply )
  6. Here you go...
    CPU: http://www.salland.eu/product/958017/intel-core-i5-2500k-3-33-ghz-boxed-incl-videochip-quad-core-bx80623i52500k.html
    CPU Cooler: http://www.salland.eu/product/1081875/cooler-master-hyper-212-evo-rr-212e-16pk-r1.html
    Motherboard: http://www.salland.eu/product/1070203/asrock-z68-extreme3-gen3-z68-extreme3-gen3.html
    or
    http://www.salland.eu/product/1058804/asus-p8z68-v-le-90-mibgs0-g0eay0kz.html
    or
    http://www.salland.eu/product/1038014/gigabyte-ga-z68x-ud3p-ga-z68x-ud3p.html
    RAM: http://www.salland.eu/product/1057530/corsair-vengeance-low-profile-blue-8-gb-pc3-12800-1600-mhz-9-non-ecc-kit-of-2-cml8gx3m2a1600c9b.html
    or
    http://www.salland.eu/product/1053561/corsair-vengeance-low-profile-8-gb-pc3-12800-1600-mhz-9-non-ecc-kit-of-2-cml8gx3m2a1600c9.html
    or
    http://www.salland.eu/product/1059918/corsair-vengeance-low-profile-8-gb-pc3-12800-1600-mhz-9-non-ecc-kit-of-2-cml8gx3m2a1600c9w.html

    That should put you right at 400euros. I dont know of any other stores to compare prices. The prices where roughly the same as USD , which I was not expecting, but still got everything you need within the budget. You should be able to overclock your CPU to like 4-4.5GHz(there is lots of how-to's online, and its pretty easy). Now, if you dont want to overclock then buy Intel i5-2400 CPU and dont get the CPU Cooler(Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo). Just pick your color for the RAM. Motherboard-wise, the ASRock, I think offers the most, ASUS is a more top of the line brand/quality and Gigabyte is somewhere in-between those, good quality, offers a lot. I would just read reviews and make sure it has the slots and all that you need, or maybe someone else can help you with it.
  7. If you're in the US, go for ncix.com or newegg.com. If you need international shipping, use Amazon or Ebay. TigerDirect is way overpriced.
  8. Or for the smaller budget, use this:
    CPU: Intel Core I5 2500K 3.33 GHz $224.99
    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $104.99
    RAM: Either this: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $46.99
    Or this: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B $49.99
    Total Price:
    G. SKILL RAM:$376.97, around 280 Euros
    Corsair RAM: $389.97, around 293 Euros

    Your choice on the ram, they're both ok.
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