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January 3, 2013 5:34:58 PM

Hello everybody
(First off please excuse me as I am still new on Tomshardware,and if possible help me to learn from any mistakes.)
Right that being said,I upgraded (actually got into) pc gaming this time a year ago and I built my own mid-high end (back then) pc.
The specs are:

AMD phenom II x4 945 @ 3.00Ghz (stock and stock cpu cooler)

Gtx550ti gigabyte 1gb gddr5 (never overclocked)

MSI 880GMS-E35(AM3+ FX edition)

8gb ddr3 1333Mhz (mobo only allows 1333Mhz)

500w coolermaster extreme plus psu

1600x900 20" lcd samsung

Ok so my question is what would be the best way to upgrade my build but on a budget (I have $150 to spend).I preferably do not want to overclock but will if it works out cheaper/better.

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January 3, 2013 5:52:29 PM

I would personally go for a new video card. However, you aren't going to be able to do much of an upgrade for $150. I would save a bit more before I go looking to upgrade. The processor is still plenty fast for gaming (My roommate has this exact processor and has no issues in games). (He is still using a Radeon 4890).

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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January 3, 2013 6:00:37 PM

Ok thank you for the quick reply!
I thought it would be my gpu.What gpu would you recommend I also forgot to add that my friend opted to buy my gpu so all in all I have $250 for a gpu and was thinking of the Diamond HD7850,thoughts?Also forgot to mention my screen is only 1600x900.
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January 3, 2013 6:01:56 PM

I would wait a few months and save up and see if the 7950's come down some.
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January 3, 2013 6:04:26 PM

A 7850 will be all you need. I've never heard good things about diamond, maybe get something from xfx, sapphire or MSI
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January 3, 2013 6:10:59 PM

Yes and I would need to get a psu upgrade if I wanted anything higher than HD7850.Ok diamond HD7850 2gb or from msi same price 1gb will the msi card still be better option?
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January 3, 2013 6:13:51 PM

Well, 2GB is better but if you're only playing at 1600x900, 1GB is more than enough.

Note: 1GB is still enough for 1080p as well but with less to no AA in modern titles
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January 3, 2013 6:16:41 PM

OK I will go for the 1gb sapphire HD7850.
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January 3, 2013 6:17:57 PM

HVDynamo said:
I would get one of these, I tend to like XFX over other brands, and this 7870 is about the same price as the 7850 right now and will get you some extra performance:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would if I could but my psu will not allow it I am afraid.
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January 3, 2013 6:19:33 PM

Yeah to be honest that psu isn't very good. Maybe a 7850 is as high as you should go
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January 3, 2013 6:20:33 PM

maxinexus said:
Your CPU is not BK right? The least you can do is to buy a nice cooler for your CPU. Teh most you can do is upgrade to 7850 it is about 50% more powerful ...little over budget at $165 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BK?As in black edition?no it is not .Are you intending that I overclock my cpu if not then for the cooler would I need a cooler if it hits 64 degrees celsius under load?(Prime 95 after 10 mins)
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January 3, 2013 6:21:54 PM

EzioAs said:
Yeah to be honest that psu isn't very good. Maybe a 7850 is as high as you should go

Yeah I know but I was not planning on upgrading gpu so fast.
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January 3, 2013 6:38:49 PM

I know this is a bit above your budget of $250 (before rebates) but nice upgrade at gpu and much better psu:

MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $195 ($20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $70 ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 3, 2013 6:55:32 PM

maui67 said:
I know this is a bit above your budget of $250 (before rebates) but nice upgrade at gpu and much better psu:

MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $195 ($20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $70 ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would I need a psu upgrade if I get the 2gb version?I just got this psu not too long ago.
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January 4, 2013 3:45:11 AM

Best answer selected by xXZeboXx.
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