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UPGRADING HELP

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January 29, 2013 6:43:33 PM

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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January 29, 2013 7:22:18 PM

i'm sorry what's the total budget again.
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January 29, 2013 7:33:25 PM

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)
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January 29, 2013 7:42:49 PM

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)
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January 29, 2013 7:48:17 PM

^^^ That is a little better.
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January 29, 2013 7:58:53 PM

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)



cball1311 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.
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January 29, 2013 8:05:51 PM

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.
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January 29, 2013 8:06:05 PM

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.
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January 29, 2013 8:07:11 PM

The 7870 has a 500 W Minimum recommendation.
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January 29, 2013 8:09:58 PM

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.
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January 29, 2013 8:11:32 PM

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?
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January 29, 2013 8:43:23 PM

Thank you so much for the help
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