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December 10, 2012 5:22:49 AM

My Current build:

Processor: Intel i5-750 (Lynnfield @3.2Ghz)
Motherboard: EMX-IH55M iCafe
Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper TX3
Memory: 2x 4GB G.Skill RipjawsX CL9 1600MHz
Graphics: Sapphire HD 6770
Power Supply: Huntkey 700W
HDD: Crucial m4 128gb
Seagate Barracuda 500Gb

So as you guys can see my system is dated. The only decent part I got is the crucial ssd. (Which is running on a sad SATA2 3gb/s)

Now I'm looking for upgrade options (but with a limited budget. roughly $200). I normally use my pc for a lot of multitasking + games (heavy multi-tasker)

(no video editing or any multimedia processing).

Now I have a set of questions and would be very grateful if you guys can answer them based on your opinion or experience.

Also, any sound advice will be of great help. Thanks!

Questions: (PS I do not live in the US so deals in amazon, newegg, etc.. will not be applicable. My options are only limited to the prices locally)

1. CPU UPGRADE: For a CPU-upgrade, everybody has been recommending the i5-3570K (Which is around $240 in our area, and way over the budget
considering I have to add another hundred dollars for a decent board. If a processor upgrade is highly recommended I can squeeze the budget up to $250 but for no more. (Still can't afford the i5-3570k).

If I were to choose to upgrade my processor & board. Should I consider an AMD option? (I love that AMD preserves and re-uses their sockets well. despite
them being outperformed by intel processors) I'm all for 'modest' overclocking. Also, I obviously wouldn't want to do a 'small' upgrade, then have to update again after a year. are there any amd offerings that would fit my needs well and will be a decent (worth the money) upgrade? or Should I hold out on the upgrade?

rough estimate of prices (locally):

AMD Bulldozer FX 6100 BE 3.3ghz 6-Core Processor (Black Edition) $ 120
AMD Bulldozer FX 8120 BE 3.1GHz 8-Core Processor (Black Edition) $ 170
AMD Piledriver FX 8320 BE 3.50GHz 8-Core Processor (Black Edition) $ 180
AMD Bulldozer FX 8150 BE 3.6ghz 8-Core Processor (Black Edition) $ 200
Intel Core i5 3330 Ivy Bridge 3.0GHz (3.20GHz Turbo) $ 180
Intel Core i5 3470 6M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz (Quad Core) $ 190
Intel Core i5 3570 6M Cache, 3.40 GHz (Quad Core) $ 200
Intel Core i5-3550 3.30Ghz ivy bridge Core (Socket 1155) $ 210

2. Graphics Card: I spend a lot of hours on games. I've been playing a lot of TF2 (too much apparently), which made me oblivious as to how outdated my graphics card is. (I also play BL2, and other games) I play on a 21.5" 1920x1080 led monitor. I've tried the recently released games such as hitman, far cry 3, assassin's creed 3, etc.. and showed that my card can barely play any of them on a measly medium setting (w/ 4x AA). I'll admit that I'm not as willing to spend $200 on a graphics card as I am for a processor. and just like the cpus, the cards here are priced higher than Us SRPs.

I don't plan on doing eyefinity or anything with a multi-monitor setup. Nor am I planning on doing a crossfire setup.

rough estimate of prices (locally):

Sapphire HD 7770 1GB 128bit GDDR5 $ 130
Sapphire HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 128bit OC edition $ 150
Asus HD 7770 DirectCu 1gb 128bit gddr5 $ 150
Palit Geforce GTX 650 Ti 1GB DDR5 $ 150
Palit Geforce GTX 650 Ti 1GB DDR5 (OC Edition) $ 155
Sapphire HD 7770 VaporX 1GB gddr5 128bit OCEd $ 160
Evga GTX650Ti 1gb 128bit GDDR5 $ 165
Palit Geforce GTX 650 Ti 2GB DDR5 $ 170

7850 ($250 ~)

There are a lot of options for VGAs, but as you can see, our prices are significantly higher.

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a c 105 B Homebuilt system
December 10, 2012 5:32:24 AM

Would go with the graphics card upgrade, despite their age the original Core chips should still be strong enough for gaming.
As for which one depends on how much your willing to spend, just don't get that 2GB 650Ti. Suspect the GPU will be a problem before the VRAM will be.


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December 10, 2012 5:36:55 AM

i5 3450, for CPU.
Go 660, or 7850, double check prices.
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December 10, 2012 5:37:58 AM

manofchalk said:
Would go with the graphics card upgrade, despite their age the original Core chips should still be strong enough for gaming.
As for which one depends on how much your willing to spend, just don't get that 2GB 650Ti. Suspect the GPU will be a problem before the VRAM will be.


I could take it up notch by OCing it a little more, but I don't have the confidence in my board. It's a cheap ass board (really bad buy). I won't want it to fail on me any time soon.

If I buy an hd 7770, will it be really worth the upgrade from my current hd 6770?
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December 10, 2012 5:42:03 AM

Kiowa789 said:
i5 3450, for CPU.
Go 660, or 7850, double check prices.


i5 3450 - $ 185
7850 starts at $240

Is it sill worth it?
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a c 105 B Homebuilt system
December 10, 2012 6:09:57 AM

Oh, then I am not sure.
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December 10, 2012 6:25:25 AM

I'd buy a new amd graphics card now for whatever you're comfortable with (7850/7870/7950) and sit on your current cpu and motherboard. The graphics card is your main bottleneck right now.
If you still aren't happy with performance then wait for Intel's Haswell chips in the spring and buy a new processor and motherboard. You'll see significantly better system-wide. It would just be a waste to upgrade to a 3570k now when you can get another 10-20% performance in a few months.
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December 10, 2012 6:29:28 AM

An upgrade on the CPU will require you to change the mobo as well. So, just get a new GPU. Spend it all on getting a 7870 or GTX 660.
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December 10, 2012 10:46:05 PM

kevin83 said:
I'd buy a new amd graphics card now for whatever you're comfortable with (7850/7870/7950) and sit on your current cpu and motherboard. The graphics card is your main bottleneck right now.
If you still aren't happy with performance then wait for Intel's Haswell chips in the spring and buy a new processor and motherboard. You'll see significantly better system-wide. It would just be a waste to upgrade to a 3570k now when you can get another 10-20% performance in a few months.


With all your suggestions, then I guess a CPU+board upgrade would have to wait. I really don't like how intel phase out their sockets so rapidly.

About the GPU.. a 6870 is not available here. a GTX 660 here is priced almost the same as the 7850 ($240+) Which is over my budget.

Is there any other decent cards that are worth the price and upgrade from my hd 6770?
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December 10, 2012 10:58:35 PM

Na, just leave it until your next build.
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December 11, 2012 1:09:25 AM

Pyree said:
Na, just leave it until your next build.


So... NOT upgrade anything at the moment?
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December 11, 2012 1:16:52 AM

Yes, not upgrade. Save your money until Haswell, AMD 8k and NV 7XX series is out.
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December 11, 2012 8:48:01 AM

Pyree said:
Yes, not upgrade. Save your money until Haswell, AMD 8k and NV 7XX series is out.


Maybe I'll do that then. Im just bothered how choppy games/videos get when I have a couple opened at the same time.
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