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December 17, 2012 3:31:56 AM

I'd like to preface this post by thanking you all for your help. I'm rather inexperienced when it comes to designing systems, so I've been just throwing money at this machine. I recently picked up Far Cry 3 and Crysis 2 and decided to use those as a sort of benchmark to find out where my system currently stands. Needless to say, I can't play on a stable 60 fps using maxed settings. I've read many great articles on this website, so I figured I'd tap into the brilliant minds on these forums to find out how I should proceed.

My current system is as follows:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black edition (Quad core 3.4Ghz) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4950609
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945
Mem: 4 x 4GB G.Skill Modules http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
Mobo: Asus M4A79T Deluxe http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4421681
PSU: Silverstone Olympia 750-watt Power Supply http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2929622
Case: NZXT Tempest http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3911521

Budget: About $300 - $400. It's flexible.

If there is any information I forgot to include, please let me know and I'll have it added in. This system was bought roughly at the end of 2009. Since then, I upgraded the GPU from a Radeon HD 5770 to the current. I've also upgraded the RAM from 2 x 2GB of Corsair memory to the current memory.

Given the current system, what would you look at upgrading next? Any advice is appreciated!

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December 17, 2012 5:28:54 PM

you can get a 3770k from microcenter for $230 if you live by one otherwise you can get one from newegg for $320 with that you can also get a z77 motherboard and better performance than the 965 Black edition you have currently.
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December 18, 2012 10:08:49 PM

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