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November 18, 2012 3:36:03 AM

Hi all, i'm looking to upgrade my pc around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. My current build is

CPU = Athlon 64 x2 6000+ 3.1ghz
Motherboard = Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H Rev 1.0
RAM = CORSAIR XMS2 4GB DDR2 800 Dual-Channel
Video Card = Galaxy Geforce GTS 450 GC 1GB
PSU = Ultra LS500 500w

I mainly play Skyrim, MW3 and just got Black Ops 2. fps is pretty descent but tends to spike below 25 fps frequently when alot is on-screen. I do get freeze-ups occasionally aswell. Would I be better off buying a Phenom II x4 965 and a 7850-7870 or upgrading my Motherboard, RAM and getting a i3 3220 and a 6850 or i5 3570k and keeping my current video card?

I will also be using it to watch DVDs and 1080p Video Files

Any feedback is appreciated :bounce:  :bounce: 

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a c 1207 à CPUs
November 18, 2012 4:01:52 AM

For max gaming experience go higher on the GPU so 965 7850/70 would be my choice.
November 18, 2012 4:10:05 AM

Would the 965 work fine with DDR2-800 memory or would it be holding me back? Would it bottleneck a 7870?
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a c 1207 à CPUs
November 18, 2012 4:10:57 AM

It will work fine If your motherboard supports it.
November 18, 2012 4:13:31 AM

Yeah it does. would my PSU be enough for a 7870 and the phenom. it has a +12v of 28A?
a c 1207 à CPUs
November 18, 2012 4:15:54 AM

Although it is not the best it should run it. If you want to be on the safe side get HD7850.
November 18, 2012 4:19:05 AM

ok, I'll see what kind of deals come and may get 965, new psu and 7870. Thanks for the help
November 18, 2012 4:19:19 AM

Best answer selected by HeaT420.