AMD Phenom II X6 1090T (Stock)
ASRock 870 Extreme 3 Mobo
12GB DDR3 RAM
AMD HD 6850
Up until this month I've been satisfied with this computer, but with the release of FarCry 3 and my desire to play games like Rift and Planetside 2 at a higher framerate than 40-50 on medium to high settings, I've been considering upgrades.
I did some research and I really want to build a new Intel rig, but the setup I want is pretty unaffordable right now.
Is there anything I can do to salvage the machine I've got? I feel like I'm maxed out with this 1090t and non-AM3+ motherboard. I hear that the AMD FX series isn't even worth looking at anyway.
What can I do to get a little more performance out of this thing before I take it out back and pull the plug??
The cpu you have is not worth of changing for any amd fx bulldozer or piledriver.
Now the GPU you can change for a 7870 AMD 2GB or 7950 3GB and you'll see a enormous difference, and there will be no bottleneck by the cpu.
Also what is your psu ? if it's a crappy one, you can also change it for a xfx,seasonic,cosair brand with ~500-600w,
I think you should buy a Hyper 212 Plus & overclock it, because an X6 is impossible to find these days, meanwhile it had great stock performance + it'll gain better performance from an OC, then buy maybe a 7770 or 7870 GHz edition to reuse in your next build!
Hey thanks guys. That's good to know that the GPU will help regardless of the CPU. I think that's where I'll start.
I'm running a Corsair TX 650. Is that enough to run a 7 series card?
I actually run a Corsair H50 cooler so I think that should be good enough to perform a CPU overclock on but I've never done one before, haha. Too afraid to try. Know any good guides off the top of your head?
650 is good, and Corsair is the best! And don't be scared to overclock If anything, I'd maybe apply some fresh Arctic Silver (I don't know when was the last time you did it) and just get to it! So long as you're slow and smart, and are aware of it's limits you will be fine! You have quite the system there Wilson :3
Trust me, if you take your time over clocking, monitor the temperatures and all, it'll be fine. Besides, if it stops booting because clock is too high, just pull the CMOS battery, it'll reset it, you'll be safe. :3 Good luck and happy computing!