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Current Gaming Build Help!

He guys,

Just joined after seeing this community is pretty good at helping people with specs.
I am currently running the following setup, sorry about the layout because I am just writing it from the receipt.


-ASRock 870-Extreme3 USB3 DDR3 Motherboard
-AMD AM3 x6 1055T 2.8Ghz Phenom 2 CPU
-Kingston 4GB (2Gx2) DDR3 1333
-Seagate 3.5" Barracuda 500GB SATA3 (7200rpm 16mb HDD)
-HIS 1GB 6850 VGA Card
-650 Watt Coolermaster


What I am currently looking at doing is upgrading my graphics card to a Powercolor 7950. From what I have read its size allows you to be able to crossfire later down the track if I need to.

Is there anything in my system which will bottleneck the results I can get from the 7950.
If so can you please list what I should also be looking at upgrading in my system to be able to create a good gaming rig that will be able to handle games well into the future.


THANKS :)
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  1. You'll definitely have to upgrade that CPU of yours if you want proper performance.

    Few questions, what is your budget for the other upgrade (exclusive of GPU), and what resolution are you currently gaming at?
  2. I haven't really got a budget in mind but I would prefer not to go overboard and rebuild the whole thing. Currently gaming at 1080p

    What type of prices would I be looking at?
    If you could throw me a few ideas that would be great
  3. Best answer
    Not much, you could go for something like this:

    i5 + H77M

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115234

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303

    Total: $270. A quad core will help you alot in multiplayer games.

    i3 + H77m

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116775

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303

    Total: $200

    This one will suit you adequately, however if you can afford it I would definitely go for the first one. This is more for a budget, I guess. It'll do well, but for $70 more you could do alot better.

    Happy gaming ^.^
  4. Also you can you give us the exact details of the cooler master PSU?

    CM makes pretty bad PSUs and it may be very likely that the 650watt may not run the 7950 properly
  5. $270 is easily affordable I could even go as far as possibly $300-$350
    If you think there is anything better
    Or maybe with the extra money I could get an SSD

    Thanks for the info :)
    And also cheers for chucking the links in there as well


    One last question
    Is my power supply able to handle these upgrades of GPU and CPU?
  6. Cool master extreme power plus RS-650
  7. 18 amps on dual 12V rails means you can only have a total power output of 432W. Should be fine, but be careful that you don't overload a rail.
  8. JJ1217 said:
    18 amps on dual 12V rails means you can only have a total power output of 432W. Should be fine, but be careful that you don't overload a rail.


    In simpler terms what does this mean haha
    Sorry I'm a little out of the know on this stuff
  9. Well it means that you can only have 216W per rail. A single rail for a 7950 might not be enough. You might also want to get a new power supply while you are at it.

    This is more than enough for your needs if you want to upgrade that as well.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005
  10. Thanks for all the info mate
    Really appreciate it guys
  11. JJ1217 said:
    Well it means that you can only have 216W per rail. A single rail for a 7950 might not be enough. You might also want to get a new power supply while you are at it.

    This is more than enough for your needs if you want to upgrade that as well.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005



    What is the difference between my current 650 and this upgraded 650?
  12. Essentially your current PSU is really a 430W PSU, because the 12V rail total output is the one that matters the most. The TX 650 however, has 54 Amps on the 12V rail, meaing it can out put a maximum of (54x12= 648 W out of its 650W total).
  13. Ohh now I get it!
    Thanks for that info.

    Also what do you think of this mother board?
    They didn't seem to have the one you said in stock.
    It's in store at our computer shop in town for $144

    Name: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX Motherboard
  14. Yeah, that is an overclockable board. Look for something under H77, you don't exactly want to pay excess for an overclockable board for a non overclockable CPU.
  15. Understood
    Thanks again I will have a look around their website and get back to you.
    Otherwise I might just order online
  16. What is the website you using?
  17. http://msy.com.au/systems.jsp
    You have to set the location to ACT (Fyshwick store)

    I find the site pretty hard to navigate as I don't understand the whole AM3, FM1, FM2 thing when trying to select them in the drop down menu
  18. Oh a fellow australian.. lol.

    I was giving you newegg prices, which are much cheaper than Australian prices sometimes. :/ (awkward moment when I realise the i5 3470 is cheaper in Australia than on newegg)

    http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9376

    $185

    http://msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9031

    $79

    http://msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=9676

    $89
  19. Asrock is that a good brand to rely on?
    Nice finds btw thanks :)

    Yeah I was just guessing you were from overseas due to using newegg
  20. Yes Asrock is a very good brand for motherboards. They give alot of features for money.
  21. Sweet
    Few people at work were questioning it
    From what I can see on whirlpool it seems to be a good cheap brand
  22. Best answer selected by manuel kasko.
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