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How can i upgrade my system for maximum fps in games? for £70

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September 29, 2012 3:17:19 PM

So far i have bought (this means i am not willing to sell these, particularly the processor, as that would be effort) :
NOTE: please dont hate on my processor, i know its not a i5 2500k but it was worth it as it cost only £77.50 with postage

AMD fx 4170 processor (so i need to get a am3+ motherboard with the correct bios version to support the processor)
2 x 4 gb corsair vengeance high profile ram
250gb western digital 7200rpm hdd
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 (got this from a mate for £53)
Windows 7 ultimate
mouse/keypad


what i am going to buy and need your help on what to upgrade with only £70

ASUS HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2 £82
Asus M5A99X EVO £87
Zalman CNPS9900-MAX £40 (bare in mind if you tell my to get a different processor cooler make sure it can fit with my ram modules as they are high profile)
Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 (600w psu) £50
£50 on a monitor... any sugestions?...

i have just under £70 to upgrade my build what would be the most efficient way to do this for gaming?

i have come up with 2 ideas such as:

1. upgrade my motherboard to Asus Sabertooth 990fx R2/M5A99FX PRO R2 (costing an extra £41/£22 respectively )

giving me wither £29/£48 so spend on other hardware... such as the monitor/gpu

2. upgrade my video card to hd 6950 (costing an extra £66 and giving me next to nothing (£4) to spend on anything else
a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2012 3:25:05 PM

better graphics card.
Games are almost always bottlenecked by the graphics card.
September 29, 2012 3:43:36 PM

but whats the point in doing that if a £50 monitor is unlikely to support the higher resoloution of the better gpu?
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a c 106 B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2012 3:46:32 PM

Well, you asked what would give you more FPS and thats the answer. If you think a cheap monitors low resolution will bottleneck it, then put more money in the monitor.
A good 1080p monitor is actually a good investment, they don't go out of date like processors and graphics cards do. Mine's about 3yrs old.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2012 8:48:45 PM

I agree about the monitor and graphics card bit... If you do end up putting a little bit more money into the monitor i recommend this one.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-VS228H-Widescreen-Monitor-...
Its a lot more but like manofchalk was saying this monitor will last you for really as long as it lives or until you want a better display(they dont get out of date, im still using a monitor from 2006 and it looks great!)

P.S. this monitor is able to run HDMI(so there is not converter you need to go form hdmi to dvi)
September 29, 2012 10:45:20 PM

right thanks for that :) 

so you think that upgrading the motherboard would be a no go or just that it would be more worth wile spending the money on a solid monitor?
a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2012 10:58:55 PM

well i mean you dont really need a new mobo(wont affect performance that much) as long as the mobo you have works and can support the latest cards, ram, and cpu that you use then yeah just get a better monitor and if possible(if you want higher fps because the new 1920-1080 monitor will drop the fps you have now pretty low) get a new gpu as well. also dont get a 6950 get a 7950 or a 7870 ghz
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