Not sure where to post this but i was wanting to ask what the best upgrade or upgrades any of you would suggest for 400$ I want to play most modern games like BF3, Planetside2 and such at moderately high settings at a smooth frame rate and ill be playing at 1920x1080 resolution.
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Thanks for the reply. This upgrade wont be until im back from a deployment in 6 months and im thinking of upping the budget to 600$, how much more performance could i get with the extra 200$
If you're not going to do this for 6 months then I would suggest you wait until then to see what kind of hardware is available then. A lot can change in 6 months. Intel is likely to be releasing new processors around that time and AMD should be about ready to release its Radeon HD 8000 series. If I were you I'd wait until around April and ask the same question then with plans to purchase within a month.
Yea I figured spot would change between now and then. It's just good to know what component to prioritize. In this case the GPU I'm not really sure on changing the CPU. Is the FX 6100 really that bad. I've looked around and keep getting mixed answers from what I've searched.
yes, in 6month's thing will change but not by that much I don't think. the only real option at this point is to dump the video card. it's not much of a gamer as stated. Replacing the processor isn't a wise idea as minimal gains if any.....................
see how you feel when ready to upgrade. good luck with the "field trip".
If you are going to use an FX-series CPU you should go with the Vishera FX-4300, FX-6300, FX-8320, or FX-8350. They are quite a bit faster than the Zambezi FX series (AKA FX-4100, FX 6100, FX-8120, FX8150, FX 4170). Take a look at this benchmark comparison between theFX-8150 and the FX-8350. The comparison between the FX-6100 and FX-6300 would be similar. Also, check out this article for a good comparison between the Intel processors and the AMD FX processors: AMD FX-8350 Review: Does Piledriver Fix Bulldozer's Flaws?.