Hello. I joined hoping that someone here could show me something that I might not be seeing. I've been shopping for new parts since the beginning of this month, and I have a few ideas, but I'd like your opinions.
Currently, I have a:
AMD Phenom II X4 970 processor (3.8Ghz)
ATI HD 7870 2GB
Asus sabertooth 990fx
Corsair 800W power supply
4gb corsair RAM(bad, I know)
1TB HDD 7200 RPM
60G OCZ SSD
I have $1000 to spend on an upgrade.
Obviously, the RAM is mandatory. Less obviously, I'm making the switch from AMD GPU to Nvidia.(unless one of you can definitively convince me otherwise.)
I'd like a processor upgrade. I thought of switching to intel, but the mobo purchase will pretty much annihilate my funds.
I was also hoping to save enough after the parts to have a 1920x1080 monitor! My current one is 1600X900.
I would go for an fx 8350, and 8gb's ram, simply put, I wouldn't throw away that Sabertooth. The gpu upgrade is not really needed but if you do want more power, you could go for a gtx 780 or add another 7870
I would go for an fx 8350, and 8gb's ram, simply put, I wouldn't throw away that Sabertooth. The gpu upgrade is not really needed but if you do want more power, you could go for a gtx 780
You know, it's uh. Funny. I guess that over the years I've really become as comfortable and knowledgable with PCs as I'd hoped. What you suggested was the first thing I thought. First thing I filled my newegg cart with. Still have enough spare for a monitor. It's probably what I'll do unless someone has something I haven't thought of or seen. I think that 8350, 8gigs of RAM, and GTX 780 will eat anything alive.
Yes, there are better processors. Can modern gaming utilize them? I don't think so. I don't think any modern game can fully utilize the 8350 anyways.
That motherboard looks unreliable. Very few reviews. I'm not sure I'm willing to trust it. That's the major game changer in this equation. I still have plenty of time to think about this one. I really WOULD like to make the switch to intel.