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January 27, 2013 3:06:46 PM

Hello all , well over the last 3 weeks i built myself a low end - to mid range gaming pc , it was my first time building a pc and it worked all fine, heres the specs

Fx6100
HD7770
4gb Ram
1tb HDD WD
120 GB SSD
Asus M5A97 LE R2.O MOBO

My case is a Zalman z11 plus atx case so theres lots of room to upgrade , now after using this computer well am not unhappy about it , i can run bf3 on high from anywere between 45-60 fps its just i feel like i want more i have about 250 pound to spend am not sure how much that would be in us dollars but heres my options, get a i5 3570k and a Asrock fatality Mobo z77 or i could sell my Sapphire hd7770 get a gtx 660 ti and 8gb ram for the system am just wondering what would benifit me more in the long run , keep in mind all i intend to do with this machine is gaming but i want to build it up so i can future proof it , id just like an opinion from someone at the minute am going towards the i5 and a new mobo but am still not sure

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January 27, 2013 3:17:58 PM

IMO, you should upgrade the GPU before you upgrade the CPU. Most games aren't going to see that much of a bump in performance by upgrading to the 3570. I would buy a second 7770 and put them in crossfire since you already have one. You could increase the amount of RAM you have but in most cases it wouldn't make too much of a difference. Also, have you tried overclocking your 6100, you could get a fair performance bump by taking it up to 4Ghz or so.
January 27, 2013 3:22:29 PM

thanks for a quick reply , no i havent OC yet, if i were to OC and get a 660ti do you think id get a bottleneck?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2013 3:28:12 PM

whats ur max budget? and country of origin for upgrades.


January 27, 2013 3:32:14 PM

The FX6100 won't bottleneck any of your games except crappy console ports like Skyrim. I would definitely recommend buying an aftermarket cooler like the Hyper 212 Evo and trying to squeeze at least 4Ghz out of your CPU. At it's stock clock rate it is pretty bad for gaming but with an overclock, it is a good value.
January 27, 2013 3:32:16 PM

well ive already built the computer but i have about 270 pound , which would be about 427 dollars and thats all for upgrades . and i live in ireland but i get all my stuff from england free delivery and its cheaper.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2013 3:36:21 PM

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

CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 120 75.8 CFM CPU Cooler (£38.54 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£138.98 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £260.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 17:36 GMT+0000)

should do the trick.

overclock that cpu with this nice cooler. got u some ram+a new ps+newgpu :D 

January 27, 2013 3:41:34 PM

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

CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 120 75.8 CFM CPU Cooler (£38.54 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£138.98 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £260.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 17:36 GMT+0000)

should do the trick.

overclock that cpu with this nice cooler. got u some ram+a new ps+newgpu :D 

The only things I would change:
Since you already have 4Gb of RAM, just buy 4 more Gb's of the RAM you already have in your build.
I'm guessing you won't have to buy a PSU at all.
I would use the little bit of extra money you would save from this to buy a 7870:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11199-00-20G-HD7870-GD...

Definitely buy the new cooler though.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2013 3:42:50 PM

what ps do u currently own?

a b B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2013 3:43:18 PM

and what type of ram are you using?

January 27, 2013 3:45:08 PM

aerocool strike x 500w psu and crappy kingston 4gb 1333mhz ram :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2013 3:46:30 PM

ew, than i think what i came up with is gonna do u justice :) 

January 27, 2013 3:51:32 PM

one thing thats without selling my graphics card , if i sold it i would have about 320
pound would i still go with the 7870 or go better because that would leave me with an extra 50 pound , and thanks for the recommendations greatly appreciated :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2013 3:53:38 PM

no problem here with a 7870.

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

CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 120 75.8 CFM CPU Cooler (£38.54 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£32.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Novatech)
Total: £289.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 17:53 GMT+0000)

289 pounds :p 

January 27, 2013 3:55:41 PM

^Agree with above. Though increasing RAM clock doesn't really boost performance that much.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2013 3:56:08 PM

no except hes got valueram, needs a change.

January 27, 2013 3:57:14 PM

thanks for that :)  one more thing if i OC to 4Ghz and stuck in a 7870 could i run BF3 on high at over 60fps ? thanks :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2013 3:58:34 PM

dunno on how much fps,. but ud get a good smooth experience depending on numbers of peoples on the servers and ur other ingame settings.

January 27, 2013 4:01:30 PM

thanks for everything think am going to go with your recommendations once i get everything installed and going il report back to tell you how it all is thanks again :D 
a b B Homebuilt system
January 27, 2013 4:03:39 PM

sounds good, dont hesitate to pm me if u need more help.

January 27, 2013 4:04:36 PM

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