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P.C upgrade needed

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January 10, 2013 10:53:27 AM

Hi guys, Id like to have some advice.

Current build:
Zalman zw600watt
Asus p5w dh deluxe mobo
E6600 duo core 2.4ghz
GTX550TI
4 GB ram

Id like to play BF3 and other end games
@ 1920x1080 50-60fps on high settings.

Now I play 1920x1080 having 15-25 fps on high settings. =[

My budget to upgrade my p.c is with a maximum of 450 euro's. I know It's not much, thats why I need your advice and knowledge.

Thanks in advance, and best regards.


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January 10, 2013 12:49:30 PM

Well, you have an aging system. Both gpu and cpu could use a boost. But for your budget you probably can't do both. I'd start with a GTX 670 or HD 7950 and then save for a motherboard/cpu later.
January 10, 2013 12:50:19 PM

Allright, but my cpu wont bottleneck my gpu then?
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January 10, 2013 1:20:10 PM

Yes, your cpu will bottleneck your gpu if you take my advice. But either way you go, gpu or cpu/motherboard, you will be bottlenecked in some way. It will still be a great improvement over what you have. You could overclock that cpu some.

You could buy a cheaper gpu and then have to upgrade when you upgrade the other parts. It's your choice.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 10, 2013 1:26:53 PM

I agree with the op that dual core might bottleneck a fast card. I think maybe upgrade processor and board now then part out your old motherboard and CPU, maybe see how much your card would sell for, and you may have enough to get a newer video card also
January 10, 2013 1:28:40 PM

That would be fine.
January 10, 2013 1:37:51 PM

thanks for the advice. So upgrading gpu/cpu/mobo/ram cant be managed for about 450 euro's right?
Ill try sell my old gpu/mobo/ram and cpu
a b B Homebuilt system
January 10, 2013 2:35:21 PM

upgrade the graphics first and then upgrade cpu/mobo/ram
a b B Homebuilt system
January 10, 2013 4:29:09 PM

You can definitely upgrade graphics first, I just know when I had my AMD dual core, my dual core was 2.8 ghz, and I had upgraded to a GTS 450 from a 9600gt at that time, and in games like Battlefield Bad Company 2 my processor was bottlenecking the GTS 450 even. Thankfully my board could take an Athlon quad core, so I upgraded to that, and things smoothed out. I'm just thinking if the op puts a high end card in with that dual core that he may get a bit of lag and stuttering(bottlenecking), depending what games he plays.
January 10, 2013 9:36:49 PM

True, as I said the card I suggested will bottleneck a little until he upgrades his cpu/motherboard later. I'm just staying in his budget now. He can save for the other stuff later.... i just like to get the best I can afford now and upgrade as soon as I can...
January 11, 2013 5:43:33 AM

By the way, what do you guys think of this build? max 450 euro's

1 AMD FX FX-6300 Black Edition € 121,80 € 121,80
1 Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 € 55,99 € 55,99
1 Club3D Radeon HD 7870 XT JokerCard (Tahiti LE) € 210,50 € 210,50
1 Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Low Profile € 40,54 € 40,54
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Importeer producten Totaal € 428,83

:-) Any good to run latest games on high settings 1920x1080 ?
January 11, 2013 6:03:03 AM

But is the FX6300 (Vishera) competable with the motherboard?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2013 1:09:29 PM

I'm pretty certain the 6300 would be compatible. I've used that board with the FX 6100 bullozer I'm certain(I do a lot of builds), but no issues. I do recommend if you go that route, get a better board though so you can overclock. My FX 8120 I got at Christmas time is quite happy at 4ghz. Keep in mind I'm using a Cooler Master V6 GT to cool it though.

Not that the board you picked is bad, but if you want to overclock, that board does not have as good of power phasing, I'd be afraid to push an FX too far with it. The board I have is the Gigabyte 970a-ud3, not a high end board, but 8+2 power phasing and lets you do crossfire. Maybe upgrade the board and go to a 7850 for your video card, I've got one paired with my 8120 and it's a good setup overall.
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