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Upgrading the build $200 -$300 for CPU or GPU or amd system.

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January 5, 2013 10:14:50 PM


Budget Range: $200-300 (No rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts to Upgrade: (Either mobo, cpu, or gpu, whichever is best for the money versus my current build.)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon (Havent tried ncix.com so might try it)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: I play mainly Battlefield 3, i want to get the best performance i can get no matter how much work i need to put into my system while staying in budget.

Why Are You Upgrading: Better fps for games, light to medium load of multitasking.


My current build:
Processor: Intel Core I3 2120 3.3 ghz
Motherboard: P67A-C43 (b3)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (2x4gb) 1600mhz
Graphics Card: MSI GTX 550 ti (Factory overclocked)
Hard Drive: 500GB Western Digital 7200RPM
Case: Apevia x-Cruiser 2
Power Supply: Antec 620w Continous
Cooling: (Currently using stock but i have a hyper 212 evo sitting in a box)
DVD Burner: None




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January 5, 2013 11:45:23 PM

Getting a gpu would be most noticable for gaming. The thing is that best thig to do would be gettig an i5 and a gpu. But if you mist have only that budget, get 7950 radeon gpu. But that about as good of vid card u can get to be good with your cpu
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January 5, 2013 11:50:34 PM

Won't the 7970 be bottlenecked with a weedy i3?
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January 6, 2013 1:24:06 AM

Hi. If you're willing to sell your processor and graphics card for this upgrade, then you should have enough money for an upgrade to an i5 quad-core and a GTX 650 Ti or HD 7850. You might be able to get an even better card depending on the sale proceeds. You can keep the motherboard but make sure to flash the BIOS with your current CPU to at least version 5.1 so it will support Ivy Bridge CPUs. NCIX is selling the i5-3470 for $180; it should give you a smoother experience in Battlefield 3.

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=72279
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January 6, 2013 3:29:39 AM

johnsonjohnson said:
Hi. If you're willing to sell your processor and graphics card for this upgrade, then you should have enough money for an upgrade to an i5 quad-core and a GTX 650 Ti or HD 7850. You might be able to get an even better card depending on the sale proceeds. You can keep the motherboard but make sure to flash the BIOS with your current CPU to at least version 5.1 so it will support Ivy Bridge CPUs. NCIX is selling the i5-3470 for $180; it should give you a smoother experience in Battlefield 3.

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=72279


That sounds good however where will be the best place to sell my parts? Also my friends have recommended that i buy an AMD mobo, and a phenom ii x4 965 all for $170. Enough power for multitasking and I can build another system with the i3. But is it all worth it?
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January 6, 2013 3:33:30 AM

Don't get a 650ti. It will be a marginal upgrade and not really worth it.

An i3 won't bottleneck a 7950 more than 0-5 percent. Nothing noticeable at all. Your best bet for immediate drastic performance increase would be to get a new GPU. I recommend a 7870 as your screen resolution is less than 1080p and it will be able to max anything out.
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January 6, 2013 6:22:46 PM

7870 for the price doesn't seem worth it when i can get the 7950 for $50 more for better performance. Especially if i will be keeping the motherboard that only has pci 2.0 x16.

Im leaning to the 7950 but are there anymore suggestion? Otherwise i am set on that 7950 ^^
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January 10, 2013 12:10:59 AM

Best answer selected by Peacefulanimator.
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