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February 29, 2012 11:23:23 AM

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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February 29, 2012 11:32:00 AM

Thats a huge bottleneck. Wait a while for the configuration.
February 29, 2012 11:42:17 AM

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!
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February 29, 2012 12:01:32 PM

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.
February 29, 2012 12:10:27 PM

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
February 29, 2012 12:18:16 PM

and when i order my parts its usally from but i dont really mind if its another company
( forgot to add this @ last reply )
February 29, 2012 6:50:01 PM

Here you go...
CPU Cooler:

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.
March 1, 2012 6:32:24 AM

If you're in the US, go for or If you need international shipping, use Amazon or Ebay. TigerDirect is way overpriced.
March 1, 2012 6:50:20 AM

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.