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December 21, 2012 3:22:54 AM

Hello,

I use to do some gaming on PC and got away from it. I purchased a desktop (which I will post specs) fairly cheap (under $300) thinking I would just get over pc gaming again. Well I am still playing games and find my computer needing some upgrade due to not being able to run some of the games (arma 2)

The link to my computer http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=AM3470G-UW10P-F...

Currently I have upgraded my PSU to a RX-630ss (old psu was only 300watts) and added a dedicated graphics card Radeon HD 7770. This card has made a world of difference but I think the processor is bottlenecking (as well as RAM) my graphics card. The socket on my motherboard is FM1 socket (for amd) and I could upgrade it to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

From what I have been reading its almost not even worth getting an AMD for gaming and I should just get an i5 or i7. My issue then becomes they use a different socket so i would need to replace my motherboard. I don't know a lick about motherboards and was curious to know how to select one that will fit in my case, and use all my current components that I have minus the CPU.

Any suggestions or tips is greatly appreciated, Thanks in advance.

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December 21, 2012 4:00:21 AM

This is going to be your biggest problem with trying to switch to an Intel CPU. The problem trying to find a motherboard that will fit in that ACER case. They have boards made specific to their cases so buyers are forced to continue to buy PCs from them insteading of upgrading their product.

A better thought would be to salvage what parts you can from that PC (RAM, HDD, PSU, GPU) and purchase the following:
- Case
- Mobo
- CPU

For example:

Case:
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower $49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cpu:
Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 $129
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO:
ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $257

This will give a huge difference in gaming performance over what you have now
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December 28, 2012 4:12:48 AM

Probably a dumb question but If I go your route, I need to get a new windows copy/put one on a disk before hand. Also side note, I can use all the same cables (basically plug and play) would just need to update drivers.
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December 28, 2012 7:56:55 PM

you might be able to get away with installing the new parts and booting the system and see if it works. If not you can contact Microsoft to get their approval that you had to switch out motherboards.
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