So should I upgrade or do a completely new build?

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..?
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  1. You need a new graphics card

    You need a new graphics card

    You need a new graphics card

    (is there an echo in here?)
  2. 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.
  3. yeah I know I need a new GPU but can anyone give me something SOLID! like links and stuff....
  4. 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'
  5. as in the post if i upgrade i have about 350$ and if i build from scrap i have 550$
  6. Sapphire Radeon HD 7950: $300 before $20 rebate
    (includes Free Crysis 3 & BioShock game coupons)

    CM Hyper 212 Plus Cooler: $34 before $10 rebate

    Tell us about your power supply ... a decent 500-550w PSU will be just dandy.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. I have the Frontech Powersupply with 19A on +12V and I have a Single stick of 2GB DDR3 RAM I slot is empty
  10. 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=N82E16817494002

    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=N82E16819103727

    CORSAIR 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model VS2GB1333D3 G
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145246

    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=N82E16814161404

    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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