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So should I upgrade or do a completely new build?

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February 24, 2013 12:14:18 PM

So here is my present Rig:
AMD Phenom II X2 550 @ 3.10Ghz dual core processor
AMD Radeon HD 4350 1 GB GDDR2
2GB corsair Ram @1333Mhz DDR3
Gigabyte GA-MA74GMT-S2 Motherboard(AM3 socket not AM3+)
500Gb Seagate HDD
1 DVD Drive
Cheapass Frontech case and 450W Frontech Powersupply

My priorities are Gaming and video editing but mostly heavy duty gaming
I will only play FIFA 13 and other sports games at 1080p(1920x1080) the rest i will play at 1366x768
I wanna play Battlefield 3 on high
my budget on the Upgrade is 350$ but on a new build is 540$
my preferred website is Flipkart or amazon
Also I know that the PhenoII x4 965 BE is overclockable and it can fit into my motherboard also anyway I am buying a CPU cooler since the stock one has developed some problems and is it worthe to get the Phenom II x4 and overclock it quite a lot and get tthe same performance as an i3 or the FX-6300.. I am willing to get upto 45$ CPU cooler so that i can have the Same performance as the i3 or FX6300 aslo I have set my sights on the HD7850 2GB or the 7870LE so can someone help me here..?
February 24, 2013 12:29:11 PM


You need a new graphics card

You need a new graphics card

You need a new graphics card

(is there an echo in here?)

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February 24, 2013 12:29:41 PM

I'd do a motherboard upgrade to a good (FX) AM3+ with PCIe 3.0 and SATA3 and invest in new memory. You should be able to use your Phenom in it until you are ready to upgrade it. Then, I would, upgrade graphics and SSD's.
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February 24, 2013 12:33:18 PM

yeah I know I need a new GPU but can anyone give me something SOLID! like links and stuff....
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February 24, 2013 12:35:19 PM


The OP's current graphics is not capable of gaming. It's an HTPC card , at best. Tweaking (maybe unlocking?) the PhII X2 is the way to go.

I agree an SSD and AM3+ board is a good move ... in the future.


Edit: Give us an idea of your budget ... now, and 'down the road'

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February 24, 2013 12:39:19 PM

as in the post if i upgrade i have about 350$ and if i build from scrap i have 550$
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February 24, 2013 12:59:24 PM

Kingpin007 said:
as in the post if i upgrade i have about 350$ and if i build from scrap i have 550$


I've got an upgrade but first I want to ask..Is your memory a Dual Channel (two dimms) 2GB or just one dimm of 2GB? Can you link us the model of your memory?
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February 24, 2013 1:18:54 PM

He'll need a new PSU. If that is a typical Frontech unit, it will have insufficient amperage on the +12V. The most popular Frontech 450W unit I've found, has only 19A on the +12v.
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February 25, 2013 8:26:50 AM

I have the Frontech Powersupply with 19A on +12V and I have a Single stick of 2GB DDR3 RAM I slot is empty
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February 25, 2013 10:23:31 AM

Kingpin007 said:
I have the Frontech Powersupply with 19A on +12V and I have a Single stick of 2GB DDR3 RAM I slot is empty


LEPA N Series N500-SA 500W ATX12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model VS2GB1333D3 G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Clean up your hardware to remove dust, update your motherboard's bios and install these updates! It will give you the best possible gaming perfomance! Sum 368$ (and 10$ MIR from GPU)
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