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Upgrade Options - GPU/RAM/SSD or everything?

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July 5, 2013 9:01:05 AM

Hello,

My system is a couple years old and I'm thinking about upgrading and looking for some advice. Here's what I have right now:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090
8gb DDR3 1600 RAM
2x Radeon 6870's in Crossfire
1TB SATA III HDD
700W PSU

I was considering a completely new system. I know intel would beat my old AMD hands down but with with Haswell focusing it seems on power consumption I'm hoping intel comes out with a new chipset next year that will be a good step up from their 3rd Gen chips and I'll upgrade my complete system then.

So, I was thinking about adding another 8gb of RAM and installing an SSD for windows and a game or two. I could upgrade my GPU to a couple of GTX 560's. Best I can get with my current mobo PCI 2.0.

I primarily play games. I play BF3 almost exclusively. Few others but BF3 stresses the system most. I'll be getting BF4 when it comes out as well.

Thoughts?
July 5, 2013 11:29:00 AM

I need to know a couple of things if i may. :
1. What is your budget? That is the most important thing.
2. And what parts specifically do you need to replace? CPU? Mobo? GPU? RAM? Please mention them here.
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July 5, 2013 12:09:08 PM

Another 8gb of ram wouldnt do anything for you.
An ssd would be nice, but its not a neccessity. I would probably buy a nice single gpu, one that would be future proof, so you can carry that over to your intel build you want to do in the future.
July 5, 2013 9:34:40 PM

Had no idea 3.0 was backwards compatible...

Do you think my bottleneck is my video card?

Main thing I guess I was wonderingis whether the CPU is really holding me back at all? If it's not then I absolutely won't upgrade that for another year probably. A new GTX 770 or 780 might be a good choice and then SLI a second when I get an intel chip...
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