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Upgrade to 965BE or new system

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February 23, 2013 3:40:43 PM

Hi,

So basically i need help in figuring out if i should upgrade my cpu or my hardrive, or just get a new system. I have a super tight budget, i can probably spend around $170-200 on upgrades or keep current set up and save up for a new system in a few months. I use this computer for gaming.

these are my current specs:
Thermaltake v3 Case
Antec VP450 PSU- 450 watt
2 x 2gb pc 5300 ddr2 ram
2 x 1gb pc 6400 ddr2 ram
phenom x4 9550 at 2.64ghz (only tested on prime 95 for 45min or so)
Aftermarket cpu cooler (ultra) with mx-2 thermal grease
k9a2 cf-v2 motherboard
23" hp monitor 1920x1080 resolution
80gb IDE WD HDD
XFX HD 7850 1gb GPU
320gb External verbatim hdd for storage

I know my gpu is getting bottlenecked by the processor but the games i play ( left 4 dead, league of legends, blacklight retribution). As of now the games run perfectly on max resolution and max settings with some exceptions, like i load kind of slow in all the games( would this be because of my hdd or processor or both?), blacklight generally runs smooth on high detail but i think it can run smoother and better (and i dont have all extra settings enabled).

What actually is slow is starting up my computer (takes a few minutes) and loading anything sometimes (rarely) get tiny lag spikes while doing normal tasks.

Basically i've done a lot of research into what i want to do, and it seems that its come down to either replacing my HDD with a ssd (crucial m4 or samsung 840) or upgrade to a phenom 965be and keep my current motherboard (and ill have almost enough to buy the ssd as well), or save up(not really im a student) and wait a few months to buy a intel-based computer. Also, i might be able to sell off my motherboard + cpu + ram for like $100 or something.

I was also wondering if i get the phenom 965be, how much will it be restricted in terms of overclocking with my current motherboard?

Thank you so much for reading!

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