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£300 Upgrade Advice

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August 29, 2012 2:48:22 PM

Hi guys and girls, I'm looking for a little advice. I'll save you the background story but needless to say I wish to upgrade what I have and have a budget of £300 max. Based in the UK.

MY current specs are:

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Motherboard: Gigabyte M68M-S2P
Ram: DDR2 4GB - 2x 2GB Kingston PC2-5300
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS450 1GB
PSU: Corsair TX 650w
HDD: 2x 500GB Seagate SATA

I'm running windows 7 64bit ultimate and would like to be able to play some of the newer games, which I'm finding my old CPU it's struggling to do. I also play with a bit of video editing and music creation and general basic coding etc. this is not just my gaming/work rig but also my HTPC so need it to run blu-ray smoothly and ideally optical audio to my receiver.

So with a budget of £300 what would you do?

Thanks

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August 29, 2012 5:44:45 PM

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1

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813131736
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$4.00 Instant


$189.99
$185.99
1

Team Xtreem Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TXD38192M1600HC9DC-D
Item #: N82E16820313080
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$41.99 Saving


$41.99
$0.00
1

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX
Item #: N82E16819103960
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy


$189.99
1

Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $10.00
Item #: N82E168GC000001

I think this comes to about 300 gbp

this way you can upgrade your ram too for free, if you cant do newegg, find the same processor with the 990x or 990fx chipset but cheaper and buy some new ram. that will make your sytem crazy for video encoding and multitasking and gaming.
August 29, 2012 5:52:44 PM

Funnily enough I was 'window shopping' on Amazon and came up with this lot:

ASUS AM3+ SABERTOOTH 990FX S/L

AMD FX-8150 Eight Core Processor - 3.60GHz, 16MB, L3 Cache, Socket AM3+

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit

Total price: £308.61
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August 29, 2012 5:55:39 PM

lourendo said:
Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813131736
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$4.00 Instant


$189.99
$185.99
1

Team Xtreem Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TXD38192M1600HC9DC-D
Item #: N82E16820313080
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$41.99 Saving


$41.99
$0.00
1

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX
Item #: N82E16819103960
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy


$189.99
1

Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $10.00
Item #: N82E168GC000001

I think this comes to about 300 gbp

this way you can upgrade your ram too for free, if you cant do newegg, find the same processor with the 990x or 990fx chipset but cheaper and buy some new ram. that will make your sytem crazy for video encoding and multitasking and gaming.


These are good ideas, you definitely need to upgrade the CPU and Motherboard.

Edit: For now the GPU is good enough, I would upgrade the CPU and motherboard first, then save again and when you have enough money get a new graphics card in the next year.
August 29, 2012 6:46:03 PM

spat55 said:
These are good ideas, you definitely need to upgrade the CPU and Motherboard.

Edit: For now the GPU is good enough, I would upgrade the CPU and motherboard first, then save again and when you have enough money get a new graphics card in the next year.



My initial plan was to go for an phenom II x6 1100t as my board would handle that, but I'm still on the old DDR2 which will slow things down. The graphics does fine for the time being, my main concern is the processor with it being a fair few years old now. Also if I go phenom the hyperbus (is that right?) drops from 4000 to 2000 on that board.

As with everyone I want as much bang for my 'buck'
August 30, 2012 5:15:25 PM

get the 8 core and ram combo it will be an entirely different animal after you upgrade.
August 30, 2012 8:47:51 PM

AMD Bulldozer FX-8 Eight Core 8120@8150 Black Edition 3.60Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor - **£20 Cashback** £134.99

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit £38.65

ASUS AM3+ SABERTOOTH 990FX S/L £121.97

TOTAL £295.61


Can anybody find any better prices? (UK Only - Newegg doesn't work here)


Also do i need to upgrade the CPU fan from stock?
August 31, 2012 8:45:17 AM

What about this setup?

1 x Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail £179.99
1 x Gigabyte Z77-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £84.98
1 x OcUK Value 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit £26.99
Total : £303.36 (includes shipping : £9.50).
August 31, 2012 1:00:05 PM

Thumbs up the Intel build. Was a die hard AMD fan for a long time but really can't find it in me to recommend AMD at all now. Which is sad really.

Do your CPU/Mobo/RAM now and then fix your GPU at Christmas (or other generic festival where you can justify the cost ;)  )
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