Upgrade or rebuild

Hey everyone, im wondering if i should carry out a minor upgrade or hold out for a rebuild. My current set up is

CPU: athlon x2 6000
MOBO: Asus M3A78 pro
memory:.4gb 677mhz ram
GPU: GTX260
HDD:250gb +1TB (both full)

My main uses are gaming (1680x1050), recording tv, some light encoding and folding@home in spare time. Currently im planning of buying a NAS later in the year so that would solve my storage problems but my main rig is starting to struggle. Is it worth investing in a new gpu or cpu or holding off till i can do a complete upgrade preferably as close to next gen consoles as possible. With a new gpu i can at least carry over to a new build and help folding efficiency or would upgrading to a phenom ii be a better option or even some other upgrade ive overlooked.
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  1. Honestly, the Athon X2 6000 is pretty aged at this point. I'd suggest a new PC.

    what sort of budget do you have to spend?
  2. Budget wise is pretty flexable but idealy say the £100 mark maybe £150 for the gpu if new. Second hand is something im willing to consider and does seem the best route.
  3. £150 kinda tight:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor (£31.99 @ CCL Computers)
    Motherboard: MSI H61M-P25 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£32.28 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£17.45 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£52.92 @ Ebuyer)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive (£11.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £146.62
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-16 16:02 BST+0100)

    re-use your GTX 260, hard drives, and case. I'm hoping your hard drives are SATA, but I suspect your DVD drive isn't, so I replaced that, the rest is a much faster dual core processor (and the motherboard can add any 1155 chip after a bios upgrade) snd a new power supply, to replace your aging existing one. if you trust your current PSU, you can probably upgrade to an HD 7770 within your budget.
  4. Cheers for the recommendation =]
    PSU is good. Had to replace it earlier in the year after my old one died. Went with 650w FSP. Both optical drives are sata. Will the 7770 give a good enough boost?
  5. well, sorta. the 7770 uses a lot less power, but the two are on the same position in the monthly Tom's Heirarchy chart. I'd say the 7770 is a little better, but not hugely

    Since you have a new FSP, let me see about something a little better:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor (£88.19 @ CCL Computers)
    Motherboard: MSI H61M-P25 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£32.28 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: GeIL Black Dragon 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£28.24 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £148.71
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-16 16:48 BST+0100)
  6. Is it worth going h61 over a z chipset for future reasons?
  7. the H61 is fine. a Z chipset is really only needed if you want multiple GPUs or overclocking a -K chip.
  8. No plan for multi gpu. Cheers for the recommendations =] Looking at the benchmarks it does look the best option so ill look to purchase in the coming week.
  9. You motherboard is pretty good and it supports the Phenom II line of CPU's.
    In my opinion you should just upgrade the CPU.
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=46281&vpn=HDZ965FBGMBOX&manufacture=AMD&promoid=1375

    If you need more graphics power you should upgrade the graphics card as well.
    If you need just a bit more power this will do.
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70172&vpn=11201-02-20G&manufacture=SAPPHIRE&promoid=1373
    Or if you really wanna game i suggest you step up to a HD 7870.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
  10. The phenom ii's are hovering around £80 mark. Only problem is how nice will they play with my slow ram? Since the system is near EOL, I would possibly be more inclined to go 2nd hand down that route.
  11. I dislike the idea of putting a Phenom II in your system at all. Its really not getting you forward at all.
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