UPGRADING HELP

I am currently trying to upgrade my rig, my specs are as follows:

Processor: AMD Phenom X4 9600 Quad Core

Motherboard: ASUS MSN68-AM

GPU: GeForce GTS 250 512mb

RAM: 4gb DDR2

I was thinking my graphics card is the first that needs to be replaced, anyone have any better suggestions? I just need enough power to play games such as ARMA II, BF3 etc. at a reasonable frame rate.

Also my budget is around $150 for the mobo, gpu and processor each.
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  1. i'm sorry what's the total budget again.
  2. So you have roughly 450 dollars to upgrade... How big of a power supply do you have?

    I think with that budget i would buy these... or something like these. Provided you have a sufficient psu

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $444.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 16:34 EST-0500)
  3. tenaciousk said:
    ...Provided you have a sufficient psu


    I would go something like this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P21 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Mwave)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($225.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $430.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 16:41 EST-0500)
  4. ^^^ That is a little better.
  5. tenaciousk said:
    So you have roughly 450 dollars to upgrade... How big of a power supply do you have?

    I think with that budget i would buy these... or something like these. Provided you have a sufficient psu

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $444.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 16:34 EST-0500)



    Anonymous said:
    I would go something like this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P21 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Mwave)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($225.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $430.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 16:41 EST-0500)


    Thanks for the quick replies. What should my priority be, if I can only get one?

    I will also keep these upgrades in mind when I get some extra cash.
  6. Well if you want to get something now. I personally would start with the motherboard. if you want a noticeable boost from the start, get the video card. Since you do have a slot on your mobo now for one. All though we still don't know which wattage your power supply is.
  7. codyprobo said:
    Thanks for the quick replies. What should my priority be, if I can only get one?

    I will also keep these upgrades in mind when I get some extra cash.


    Really, you can only get one and that is the GPU. You would have to buy the CPU, RAM, and motherboard together for compatibility.
  8. The 7870 has a 500 W Minimum recommendation.
  9. tenaciousk said:
    The 7870 has a 500 W Minimum recommendation.


    Right, we are hoping for a decent PSU which doesn't look promising considering the old technology.
  10. tenaciousk said:
    Well if you want to get something now. I personally would start with the motherboard. if you want a noticeable boost from the start, get the video card. Since you do have a slot on your mobo now for one. All though we still don't know which wattage your power supply is.


    Sorry. Its a 500W

    Actually its a 300W I just double checked. So PSU first then GPU and MOBO+RAM+ PROCESSOR?
  11. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031

    $30 after rebate. Also reputable manufacturer.
  12. Thank you so much for the help
  13. np anytime!
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