$500 upgrade

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: before the 11/4

Budget Range:500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Folding@home, gaming, photoshop, office productivity
Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade:CPU/motherboard, Graphics card, and maybe PSU

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: City, State/Region, Country -CA, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: AMD 8320 and GTX 660

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments:I do not know if I need a new PSU but I think I might. I have 1 combo in mind for a new 970 motherboard along with the 8320. My current PSU is a Rosewill 500W 80 Plus Silver that I bought just recently because I used to have a 300W OEM PSU in that machine and it almost died and I thought that 500 would be good for a while.
Why Are You Upgrading: I have some money and I am overdue for an upgrade, also I think some of my parts were damaged during the PSU failure
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  1. You should be fine with the PSU you have now.

    You're going to want to make sure you have good airflow for Folding@Home. I fold at home in my Antec Sonata, and my CPU overheats alot.

    Given, the Sonata sucks for airflow.

    With any modern case you should be alright.

    I don't know what motherboard to recommend for AMD, as I haven't actually used anything AMD since my AM2+ with my Phenom II....which....was not that long ago. Although I have no idea what 3820 you are talking about. The only one I can think of is the i7-3820. Which would not be that great for gaming considering the GTX660.

    What computer do you have now?
  2. New Vishera AMD 8 core: FX 8320, it has 125W TDP which worries me. And I have an aging Phenom II 925, Radeon HD 6850, 4GB DDR3 1333 from Gskill, some generic OEM case,that Rosewill 500W PSU, and im not sure about the motherboard I think it is some generic ECS board but I will initially be running Linux on this untill I get my hands on Windows 8 later so OS is no problem.
  3. Posted specs above^
  4. Does it matter if I have a Sapphire 6850 to xfire with the XFX one and wouldn't the 2 different sets of RAM sticks be a problem?
  5. I might be able to pull together some more money along with selling the PSU and RAM, the rest of the stuff isn't in any condition to sell.

    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    +(free with the case)
    Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition CO-9050003-WW 120mm Case Fan

    COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler w/ Universal bracket & Dual Fan

    OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX
    MSI 990FXA-GD80V2 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    +(free with the combo I guess)
    GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model GEV38GB1600C9DC

    EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Rosewill SilentNight Series SilentNight-500 500W,80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified,Fan-less,Modular Design,Single +12V Rail,ATX12V ...


    Subtotal: $893.93
    Tax: $64.81

    Grand Total: $958.74

    The new PSU is modular and 80 Plus Platinum instead. and does not have the annoying blue light that my current one has
  6. Can you suggest a build? At the most my budget can be 1100 USD and I have until November 4rth for purchases. For basically everything my preference is the same, I prefer AMD as much as I can unless there is an absolute smashing Nvidia or Intel deal. I prefer being able to overclock but if the performance is good enough at the price I would not mind.
  7. Oh here it goes.

    jrgong has really good builds. He'll give you a great recommendation!
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