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November 21, 2012 7:20:44 PM

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.



My specs:
OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply

GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2 AM3+ NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a chipset Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

HD 6670 GPU

X2 4gig RAM

FX 6100 PCU 3.3Ghz

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November 21, 2012 8:26:19 PM

First I would change your processor. The FX 6100 doesn't have six real cores, it has six core modules. Change to a Phenom IIx6 1045T. According to this article, it is a lot better gaming wise.

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/amd_fx_8150_8120_6...

Here you can see that the Phenom II x4 980 beat the FX 6100 in Crysis and Far Cry 2. Phenom IIx6 is more powerful then the Phenom IIx4, so ultimately, it is a better buy. It is also overclockable.

Phenom IIx6 1045T:
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-1045T-2-70GHz-Processo...

Now, you have about 250 dollars left. Buy a GTX 660TI. You will be able to max out all your games at 1920x1080.

GTX 660TI(Comes with Assassins Creed 2 for Free!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Now, replacing the FX 6100 is totally optional. What really is holding you back is the video card. The 6670 will not play games at your resolution. If you keep the FX-6100, and don't use the $150 on the Phenom, get the GTX 670: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if you do get the Phenom, the 660Ti is a good buy for your budget. Everything else is fine.
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November 22, 2012 12:04:37 AM

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$, how much more performance could i get with the extra 200$
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November 22, 2012 12:20:22 AM

Ehhh not much. I dont recommend upping it. Unless you want to get an i7 processor.
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November 22, 2012 12:42:29 AM

nsahawks7 said:
First I would change your processor. The FX 6100 doesn't have six real cores, it has six core modules. Change to a Phenom IIx6 1045T. According to this article, it is a lot better gaming wise.

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/amd_fx_8150_8120_6...

Here you can see that the Phenom II x4 980 beat the FX 6100 in Crysis and Far Cry 2. Phenom IIx6 is more powerful then the Phenom IIx4, so ultimately, it is a better buy. It is also overclockable.

Phenom IIx6 1045T:
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-1045T-2-70GHz-Processo...

Now, you have about 250 dollars left. Buy a GTX 660TI. You will be able to max out all your games at 1920x1080.

GTX 660TI(Comes with Assassins Creed 2 for Free!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Now, replacing the FX 6100 is totally optional. What really is holding you back is the video card. The 6670 will not play games at your resolution. If you keep the FX-6100, and don't use the $150 on the Phenom, get the GTX 670: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if you do get the Phenom, the 660Ti is a good buy for your budget. Everything else is fine.


It's 3 modules. 6 BD cores.

I don't think it's worth upgrading his CPU unless he plans to go Intel which he might with be able to with $600. With the remaining money ($300), he should probably get 7950.
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November 22, 2012 12:42:57 AM

nsahawks7 said:
Ehhh not much. I dont recommend upping it. Unless you want to get an i7 processor.


i7's are nowhere near worth it for gaming.
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November 22, 2012 12:43:53 AM

That's why I said I don't recommend it.
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November 22, 2012 1:18:30 AM

mclaindk said:
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.
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November 22, 2012 1:49:15 AM

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.
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November 22, 2012 2:18:49 AM

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".
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November 22, 2012 2:20:59 AM

The help is much appreciated everyone. Thanks.
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November 22, 2012 2:22:16 AM

It's mostly game dependent. What games do you play?
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November 22, 2012 2:22:56 AM

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?.
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November 22, 2012 2:26:34 AM

This guy already has his CPU.
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November 22, 2012 2:47:11 AM

I play pretty much any and every game just to try them out. I'm playing planetside 2 now with everything turned low I get 30-40 fps. Not too bad but it looks like crap.
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November 22, 2012 7:13:27 PM

Just stay with your CPU. It's fine.
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