I need some advice regarding upgrading my PC. Here is my current setup:
AMD Phenom x4 965 @ stock clocks, air-cooled with a 212+
Corsair SATA III SSD
8gb 10666 G-Skill RAM
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560ti 2gb GPU
Gigabyte 990fxa-UD3 PCB
Coolermaster HAF 922
I know my CPU is under-powered, but I only have in the realm of $500 for upgrades. I'm going to be playing a LOT of Guild Wars 2 in the upcoming months, as well as a few single player games.
I'm wondering what the best set of upgrades is.
If I get an i5 or i7, I'll need a new motherboard, and intel boards are still fairly pricy. That would probably keep me from getting a new GPU.
On the other hand, it looks like I could get a FX-4170 and a nice 7950 for under $500. Or would it make more sense to wait for a Piledriver chip?
And as for the GPU, I know that the 7950s are coming down in price to match the 660ti, meaning performance wise I'm not looking at a big upgrade on the GPU unless I spend $100 to $150 more for a 670. I like the 670s, but right now AMD cards are out-performing nvidia in GW2. I do prefer nvidia, however.
But if I get a 670, that will also tap out my budget.
So is it better to stay with inferior architectures (FX-4170/7950) or piecemeal upgrade my GPU and CPU/MB? Are there likely price drops coming for Intel processors?
What is going to be the best bang for my $500 bucks?
I don't know whether your current CPU is bottlenecking your system, but if you wanted to look at an i5, I think that would be a reasonably solid way to do so, and still leave you enough cash for 16gb RAM if you went for that kind of an upgrade
You are from Houston so you have a micro center. Put a 3570k and the asrock extreme 4 in the shopping cart and it will come to 300 bucks. Sell off the old CPU and Motherboard for about 100 -150 and you will be back up to 300-350 bucks to spend. That can get you another 560ti and a new psu to run it or you can look at it this way. Many of the gtx 670s are 400 bucks, however they are offering borderlands 2 free with it. If you planned on buy that its basically like buying a 670 for 360. I know this is at the top of your budget but just throwing out ideas.
I dont see a 660ti as a major upgrade to the 560ti. So I would A get a 670, B. get another 560ti ( it may run fine on a 650watt PSU but 560ti takes a bit of power and would do better on 750 or more) C. if you really want ATI then you could get a 7950 for around 330 now with the price cuts and try to overclock it to the level of a 670.
Good luck and maybe I will see you in game. I just ordered my 2nd 670 which is arriving tomorrow so I can have epic frames for GW2. (I want 60fps 24/7 even when recording ^_^)