What can I do to upgrade my rig?

Current Rig
MOBO: Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 880G R
Video card: Gigabyte Geforce 460 1gb
Power supply: OCZ 550W RT
CPU: AMD PH II X4 995BE 3.2G AM3
Ram: 2x2 GSkill F3-12800CL7D - 4GBRM
Hard drive: HD 500g Samsung

So I am thinking, upgrade ram, get 2nd video card and SLI it, and newer processor, and maybe new motherboard? If I should.

I have never SLI'd and although my mobo supports it, Idk if it would fit, due to some cord plug ins being in the way.

If I got new ram, should I upgrade to 2x4gb or just get 2x2gb more, and still have 8gb total?

Would like some feedback, thanks in advance.
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More about what upgrade
  1. get a cpu cooler, Overclock that cpu. (minimize cost) [bring it closer to 4ghz]

    get another 4gb ram. just go 4x2gb (to minimize cost) [8gb will outlive the use of this computer as far as next upgrade goes]

    motherboard supports only crossfire.

    maybe get a newer graphics card a 7850 would be worth it.
  2. If you don't upgrade the mobo, the best CPU compatible with your Socket AM3 mobo would probably be the 6-core Phenom II.
  3. I picked Geforce because I thought Nvidia and AMD is a good combo and intel and Radeon is a good combo?

    Would it be better to replace the motherboard?

    My friend has the exact graphics card so he would be down to buy my graphics card for him to SLI while I get a 7850 or whatever if AMD and Radeon has nothing wrong with it.

    Are you saying that overclocking my processor would be as good as replacing it?
  4. kolkim said:
    I picked Geforce because I thought Nvidia and AMD is a good combo and intel and Radeon is a good combo?

    Would it be better to replace the motherboard?

    My friend has the exact graphics card so he would be down to buy my graphics card for him to SLI while I get a 7850 or whatever if AMD and Radeon has nothing wrong with it.

    Are you saying that overclocking my processor would be as good as replacing it?


    how much are you willing to spend?


    cuz if you really wish. you could go in path of

    i3-3220
    new motherboard
    new videocard
    extra 4gb ram

    which will be around 400$ bucks (maybe less)


    ========================================

    or


    i5 - 3570k with OC
    new motherboard
    7870 radeon gpu
    4gb ram

    around 600+ dollars (rough estimate)


    if your chip is already running 3.2Ghz i think you can OC it to 4Ghz add 4gb ram and get a new vid card.


    also, which psu do you have
  5. gussrtk said:
    how much are you willing to spend?


    cuz if you really wish. you could go in path of

    i3-3220
    new motherboard
    new videocard
    extra 4gb ram

    which will be around 400$ bucks (maybe less)


    ========================================

    or


    i5 - 3570k with OC
    new motherboard
    7870 radeon gpu
    4gb ram

    around 600+ dollars (rough estimate)


    if your chip is already running 3.2Ghz i think you can OC it to 4Ghz add 4gb ram and get a new vid card.


    also, which psu do you have


    I said my PSU in the beg post, a OCZ 550W.

    I would like to change either the processor OR the mobo, not both. So either change the processor to a newer better AMD or mobo to support SLI.

    I think I might take the advice of OC my processor with a better heatsink and upgrade my graphics card to a 7870 or something similar. Can somebody recommend me a good heat sink/fan and case fan for my computer? Not interested in water cooling.
  6. kolkim said:
    I said my PSU in the beg post, a OCZ 550W.

    I would like to change either the processor OR the mobo, not both. So either change the processor to a newer better AMD or mobo to support SLI.

    I think I might take the advice of OC my processor with a better heatsink and upgrade my graphics card to a 7870 or something similar. Can somebody recommend me a good heat sink/fan and case fan for my computer? Not interested in water cooling.


    from what i see in AM3 sockets, your choices are for lets say under 100$ is all basically same cpu but clocked higher, so I think OC will prolly be the choice

    you can get hyper Evo 212 cpu cooler, its about 30$ and does a great job


    you know... eitherway. when you see how much you can push your cpu, maybe you will like it... maybe you wont... because i cant even say how much you can OC because it matters on your motherboard/cpu stability. but if you are really not satisfied, you can try going for
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-hdt45twfgrbox
    use the same cooler (cooler is good for gaming, cuz stock ones suck)
    im just saying this to tell you that its not a waste of money if you are in the end not happy with just OC
    1045t is a higher tier
  7. Also 120mm fans for the case?
  8. read my previous post, i updated it.

    yes the fans would be nice to get some airflow in the case
  9. I'd leave CPU n motherboard and upgrade to 8gb and a new GPU.

    I reread and saw a suggestion to overclock CPU. Hell yeah. It should be overclocked but need a special cooler.
  10. I assume its the Phenom II X4 955 not 995. but it should overclock nicely, and easy to do.
  11. envy14tpe said:
    I assume its the Phenom II X4 955 not 995. but it should overclock nicely, and easy to do.


    lolz i was wondering what the *** is 995... although i seemed to have found it... but 955 makes a lot more sense
  12. gussrtk said:
    lolz i was wondering what the *** is 995... although i seemed to have found it... but 955 makes a lot more sense

    Someone please tell him/her to overclock it to 4.0GHz. It should be capable and it would make a great impact! Why else would you buy that setup? I'm not asking.
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