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January 14, 2013 6:12:38 PM

Hello, was looking for some input on what i should get next for an upgrade.

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Motherboard: Gigabyte 970a ud3
CPU: AMD FX -4100 4core
Video: XFX 6770
Memory: GSKILL RipJaws X 1600 8gigs
HardDrive: SSD 120g Corsair ForceX x2
CoolerMaster Push/Pull aftermarket cooler
DiabloTek 750W PSU

I was thinking either getting the new AMD FX-6300 vishera or a newer video like a 7850 XFX,Saphire,something any input,advice,anything appreciated. Thanks

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January 14, 2013 6:21:19 PM

depends on what you with your pc
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January 14, 2013 6:32:56 PM

Of those two I'd go with the CPU. Both are a considerable upgrade. The video card is hampered by the lack of PCIe 3.0 but there will still be a marked improvement.

I rec this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if you go with the card. Adding a a stick of ram wouldn't do much. have you OC'd the Ram?
You may have to reflash bios to go to Vishera from Bulldozer. Not sure, 970's can be quirky.
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January 14, 2013 6:33:25 PM

I do alot of Gaming,watching movies all that good stuff.
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January 14, 2013 7:38:19 PM

That CPU will give you some room for a new GPU for the time being. The FX 4170 is a good recommended budget CPU, and the 4100 should be similar.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

Also, an upgrade to an FX6300 is not going to be substantial enough to merit the cost of the upgrade, imo.

Don't worry about the board not being PCIe 3.0. PCIe 2.0 limits have not been hit yet unless you're planning on 3-way SLI...which I don't think you are.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/18/pci_express_2...

So I'd say go for the video card upgrade now. You're going to get the biggest improvement by going that route. At some point, consider upgrading the CPU. If it were me, I'd wait until you can get a good price on an 8 series part and need to upgrade the GPU a second time.
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January 14, 2013 7:44:16 PM

120gbs of memory isn't a lot, i'd suggest adding a terabyte of 7200 harddrive, its cheap and can act as a secondary drive. Otherwise, everything seems functional though the CPU and especially the GPU could both be substantially improved since you plan on gaming.
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