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$250-$300 CPU/Mobo Upgrade from AMD x3 720

Hi All,

My 2008 rig keeps locking up and restrating during normal usage even after reformat, so I think I have hardware problems. I have never liked my mobo (got a "good" deal on it, so I want to look at upgrading just the CPU/MoBo.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: January 2013

Budget Range: $250-$300 (if GPU needed, add $130)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Starcraft II, Netflix, surfing, word processing

Are you buying a monitor: NO

Parts to Upgrade: CPU/MOBO and maybe GPU.... need input

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Parts Preferences: Don't care...

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 2 - 23" monitors @ 1920x1080

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Computer won't go into hibernte mode and keeps freezing up and automatically restarting while just browsing web. Reformat didn't work...Think it's hardware issue

Current Build:
CPU - AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor
MOBO - BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX 128M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
GPU - SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (no HDMI ports...)
RAM - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-
PSU - CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible ...
HHD - 80GB SSD (For O/S) and WD Black 640GB (for storage)
Case - Antec 900

Looking forward to suggestions.....
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  1. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xuZW
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xuZW/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xuZW/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($74.15 @ Amazon)
    Total: $384.68
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 22:53 EST-0500)


    my revised pc upgrades with the sli compatible mobo for later and its crossfire compatible as well.
  2. Thanks iceclock!

    I'm actually kind of depressed that a $75 GPU can destroy the current one I paid $180 for 4 years ago....

    Do I need to upgrade my memory? I think my current 4gb DDR2 800 is compatible... Can I use that money instead to get a better GPU?

    I'm thinking it might also be worth the extra $30 to go for the AMD FX-8350 (4.2Ghz turbo) $199 newegg. Puts me at $275. With the ASRock 970.

    Do the AMD's come with stock heatsinks? Do I need the separate one?
  3. i dont think the am3 mobo support ddr2,

    also 30$ would be worth it for the 8350, yes the amd comes with a heatsink but for overclocking the hyper 212 evo for 25$ is a good deal.
  4. iceclock said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xot2
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xot2/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xot2/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($74.15 @ Amazon)
    Total: $379.69
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 12:40 EST-0500)

    304$ for memory.cpu.cooler.mobo and iadded a cheap decent upgrade videocard if u have the budget for it :)


    What are you doing ?

    You are sooo far away from wrong!
    Asrock standard memory DDR3 1333
  5. read my post, before u post non-sense :)
  6. iceclock said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xot2
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xot2/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xot2/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($74.15 @ Amazon)
    Total: $379.69
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 12:40 EST-0500)

    304$ for memory.cpu.cooler.mobo and iadded a cheap decent upgrade videocard if u have the budget for it :)


    What are you doing ?

    You are sooo far away from wrong!
    Asrock standard memory DDR3 1333 For all 970
    Other motherboard up to 1866
    Asrock 1 year warranty for all AMD Beside the Fata1ty

    MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 $ 75
    SLI & ATI SUPPORT
    That's asrock doesnt support SLI

    He doesnt need a fx 8 core
    He be fine with a AMD phenom ii x4
    This way you have more to spend on a video card
  7. asrock has great warranty and is owned by asus, one of the leaders in motherboards today.

    also in gaming if he gets the x4 he will still see a difference in gaming compared to the xfx, he mostly has money for a cpu.ram.mobo upgrade if u read correctly.

    thank u sir and good day.
  8. iceclock said:
    asrock has great warranty and is owned by asus, one of the leaders in motherboards today.

    also in gaming if he gets the x4 he will still see a difference in gaming compared to the xfx, he mostly has money for a cpu.ram.mobo upgrade if u read correctly.

    thank u sir and good day.


    Lol?
    Read that post i posted
    That motherboard crappy
    Msi board will destory it
    That cant even do sli
    16 , 4 speed asrock Standard memory 1333
    16, 8 on msi does Sli & Crossfire 1866
    1 year warranty = asrock
    3 year warranty = msi
    And you going to sit there and not admit your mistake?

    Asrock move away from asus
  9. if you say so mate,

    good luck with that.

    come with concrete proof why that motherboards bad, also with his budget i recommanded a cheaper board, u cant get a sli board for so cheap.
  10. iceclock said:
    if you say so mate,

    good luck with that.

    come with concrete proof why that motherboards bad, also with his budget i recommanded a cheaper board, u cant get a sli board for so cheap.


    You telling me you cant get a sli board cheap
    When the msi board is like $5 more with a mail in rebate $ 10
    $69 total
    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html
    IT DOES SLI & CROSSFIRE
  11. yes so it seems, i dint see that must of step over it, anyways the asrock group makes great motherboard, it seems in this case u was able to find a decent sli board, but doesnt mean the one i chose with supports crossfire is any less good, the only difference is urs has sli and thats about it.

    cheerios
  12. doesn't matter which board he gets it's still a step up compared to what he has, now op needs is to bring out the dough in his wallet XD
  13. tru dat, +1 tavo :D
  14. Thanks for the heated discussion! I am very much against running and SLI or Crossfire, I think they take up too much room, cost too much, and make the whole PC hotter.

    I'm going to throw a wrench in the gears here and ask why I shouldn't go with an intel offering like the Core i5 3470 (3.2ghz) for $179? From PCpartpicker, it looks better?
  15. hmm alright than here.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xyA0
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xyA0/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xyA0/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($74.15 @ Amazon)
    Total: $374.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 10:19 EST-0500)

    i just talt having an octo ud like, but yeah the 3470 is a good deal also :)

    for u to choose now :)
  16. You can go with i5 if you want to no problem. And if you can fit it within the budget.
  17. I think I a fixed on finding an i5 CPU and I am waiting to find a decent motherboard on sale, but I honestly don't know what to be on the lookout for. I blame my motherboard for all of my current problems and I want to make sure I get a good one this time around.

    I may need to repost this in the Motherboard section, but can someone give me some pointers on finding a decent 1155 board?
  18. Best answer
    Big thing I didn't like on the msi board above and that's why I returned it, look at the power phasing.

    I never hooked the board up, but things I read about some msi boards scared me enough. I ended up getting a gigabyte 970a-ud3 and fx8120. I know what ppl say about bulldozer but at 4 ghz it's quick IMO. Windows experience is 7.9 on windows 8.

    But the msi board I think had the 4+1 power phasing where the gigabyte had 8+2. Better for overclocking etc. I can probably push more juice out of my CPU but prefer to upgrade my power supply first.

    OP, do you live near a microcenter? If so go there. At least with amd CPUs you get like 40 bucks off of boards. That would help your budget.
  19. New question... How do I compare onboard GPU versus my existing Radeon HD 4870 512MB?

    I am thinking abou buying this combo for $325:
    MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    CPU:Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500

    And getting a separate GPU later on.

    BUT if I go with the i5-3570K with the Intel HD Graphics 4000 instead...Is that going to be better than my current GPU?? And be worth the $30 upgrade?
  20. Best answer selected by mountie.
  21. Got a i5-3570k with the ASAS P8Z77-lk for $285 at the Microcenter! Killer deal. Saved $55 over newegg.

    Still can't tell if my Radeon 4870 is going to be better than the integrated grapics though...........?
  22. Rest assured the Radeon is way better.
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