Looking to spend $300 to upgrade my build

Hey guys!!! So I am giving in to my impulses and looking to upgrade my computer.

Currently I have:

i5-2400 3.1 ghz
Gigabyte P67A-D3-B3 (rev 2.0)
Samsung 830 series 64gb
2x2 Kingston HyperX DDR3 1333 (10660)
XFX 6870 1gb GPU
Antec 520C power supply

I am looking for what the community thinks is the best way to move forward in upgrading this system. I want to upgrade my mobo because it currently has a bios issue so I am RMA'ing and I will sell it after it returns. My budget of $300 is to include approximate resale value of my current parts. They are all less than 6 months old, so it shouldn't be that big of an issue. I appreciate all of your input. Thanks.
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  1. Definitely spend it on the GPU. You have two options for that - go with a $300 video card like the HD 7870, or crossfire 6870s.

    I'd say go with the 7870 for sure, because 1) To crossfire you'd probably also need a new PSU; 2) You'd need to definitely replace the motherboard, since the one you have is x16/x4, which would be horrible for crossfire.

    You can go ahead and keep that motherboard if they send you one that works; otherwise you'll be wasting a lot of money for zero performance increase.

    I don't know if you have a second hard drive for storage somewhere, but if not, that'd also be worth your while. I know I'd be going crazy with a 64GB drive as my main.
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    I don't know if you have a second hard drive for storage somewhere, but if not, that'd also be worth your while. I know I'd be going crazy with a 64GB drive as my main.


    yeah, forgot to put that, I am currently using an 1tb external as my data drive. I know its not the fastest, but i am looking into possibly getting a data drive as well.
  3. tigerfries said:

    Currently I have:
    i5-2400 3.1 ghz
    Gigabyte P67A-D3-B3 (rev 2.0)
    Samsung 830 series 64gb
    2x2 Kingston HyperX DDR3 1333 (10660)
    XFX 6870 1gb GPU
    Antec 520C power supply


    Your CPU is fine; it's barely behind a i5 2500k OCed to 4.0Ghz on Air when it comes to game performance; as shown from this benchmark;
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-9.html

    My recommendations are [from most to least important]:

    1) look into the nature of the Bios issue with your motherboard; it might be something that can be fixed with a simple firmware update or bios flash. Spend some-time looking into it and see what happens; getting a new mobo may bring about newer features; however will not benefit you in gaming performance and will cost you more $$$$$$ that could go into other more important hardware.

    2) Graphics Card: I highly recommend a AMD 7850 - offers great performance for the price [better performance vs price ratio compared to 7870]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161406 [$249.99 - $10 Rebate + Free Shipping]
    *Note I chose this specific HIS model because of 1) the price and also 2) the large exhaust grill on the back to compensate for the lack of a second fan; able to better maintain consistent temperatures.

    3) I salute you sir; I can't believe you only have a 64GB internal SSD; sure you have a 1TB external HDD for storage but still....
    Definitely get a internal Hard Drive: Here is what i recommend;
    Samsung Spinpoint 1TB [$109.99 - $30 with Promo code SAMSHD619 = $79.99 + Free Shipping "Promo Code expires June 22nd]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    4) You should also considering grabbing 2 more 2GB Ram sticks for a total of 8GB; some games do benefit from more than 4GB of ram; I believe BF3 is one of the few exceptions; however extra ram will also help me multitask more effectively as well.

    You will go slightly over budget but this is currently the best bang for your buck [assuming you look into your bios issue and resolve it without getting a new motherboard since that will greatly affect your hardware options]. For now focus on the the Hard Drive and Graphics Card; then save up for 2x2GB ram sticks and you'll be set for a long time.

    Edit: Here is also a benchmark comparison for the 7850 vs 7870:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=548

    As you can see; the extra premium on the 7870 does not warrant the performance gain over the 7850.

    Happy Gaming!

    Coffee~
  4. coffeecoffee said:
    Your CPU is fine; it's barely behind a i5 2500k OCed to 4.0Ghz on Air when it comes to game performance; as shown from this benchmark;
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-9.html

    My recommendations are [from most to least important]:

    1) look into the nature of the Bios issue with your motherboard; it might be something that can be fixed with a simple firmware update or bios flash. Spend some-time looking into it and see what happens; getting a new mobo may bring about newer features; however will not benefit you in gaming performance and will cost you more $$$$$$ that could go into other more important hardware.

    2) Graphics Card: I highly recommend a AMD 7850 - offers great performance for the price [better performance vs price ratio compared to 7870]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161406 [$249.99 - $10 Rebate + Free Shipping]
    *Note I chose this specific HIS model because of 1) the price and also 2) the large exhaust grill on the back to compensate for the lack of a second fan; able to better maintain consistent temperatures.

    3) I salute you sir; I can't believe you only have a 64GB internal SSD; sure you have a 1TB external HDD for storage but still....
    Definitely get a internal Hard Drive: Here is what i recommend;
    Samsung Spinpoint 1TB [$109.99 - $30 with Promo code SAMSHD619 = $79.99 + Free Shipping "Promo Code expires June 22nd]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    4) You should also considering grabbing 2 more 2GB Ram sticks for a total of 8GB; some games do benefit from more than 4GB of ram; I believe BF3 is one of the few exceptions; however extra ram will also help me multitask more effectively as well.

    You will go slightly over budget but this is currently the best bang for your buck [assuming you look into your bios issue and resolve it without getting a new motherboard since that will greatly affect your hardware options]. For now focus on the the Hard Drive and Graphics Card; then save up for 2x2GB ram sticks and you'll be set for a long time.

    Edit: Here is also a benchmark comparison for the 7850 vs 7870:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=548

    As you can see; the extra premium on the 7870 does not warrant the performance gain over the 7850.

    Happy Gaming!

    Coffee~


    I appreciate the assistance. How does the AMD 7850 compare to the Nvidia 680? I understand that I really need more space on the computer. I'm just sad cause I was so close to buying that hard drive when it was $50. I've been hoping it would go back down. But that doesn't look to be the case.
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