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Suggestions for upgrading my frankencomputer

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I have a computer that has been pieced together from various parts I have been given or bought for discounted prices that I would like to make into a better gaming computer. I have a budget of around $200. My current specs are:
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Motherboard: BIOSTAR MCP6P3 AM3
PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-750 Green 750W
GPU: EVGA GTX 280 Superclocked
CPU: Athlon II X3 445
RAM: Corsair 4GB DDR3 1333
HDD: 1TB WD
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
Monitor: 23" Acer @ 1920x1080

The game I most want to see a performance increase is Civilization V. The game is playable, but everything slows way down in late game. I'm also looking at getting BF3. I was considering upgrading the motherboard to a AM3+ board that would support sli and getting another gtx 280, but I'm not sure if I would really gain anything because of the possibility of being bottle necked by the cpu. What sort of upgrades would you recommend that would give me the most cost effective noticeable increase in performance, especially in Civ5?
post #2 of 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103923

This socket will fit your mobo, but you could still look for a mobo+cpu combo to get the most out of the cpu.

Thats all i can think of with that budget. You cant really upgrade the gpu without bottlenecking.
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^ No can do, that Biostar board is 3 phase.  It is not 125W processor ready.  New board is needed.

post #4 of 7
doh.gif yeah i noticed that after a second look. but a cpu+mobo combo would be the best bet with that setup and budget
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http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=461

Says it supports the x955 @ 95w but newegg says the x955 is 125w

?????
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Would a 960T work without upgrading the mobo?
post #7 of 7
it is 95w so it should. why not just get a new mobo though, then you can do a bit of oc-ing biggrin.gif
the one i posted is unlocked thumb.gif
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3 x Corsair Dominator GT 1866MHz 2gig OCZ 120g Solid 3 SSD Sata III WD Caviar Black 2TB LG Blu Ray Burner 
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EK Supreme HF Custom Nickel Plate Black Ice GTX 360 EK 240  Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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AOC I2757FH  AOC I2757FH  AOC I2757FH  Rosewill Cherry MX-Redz 
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RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
3 x Corsair Dominator GT 1866MHz 2gig OCZ 120g Solid 3 SSD Sata III WD Caviar Black 2TB LG Blu Ray Burner 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK Supreme HF Custom Nickel Plate Black Ice GTX 360 EK 240  Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
AOC I2757FH  AOC I2757FH  AOC I2757FH  Rosewill Cherry MX-Redz 
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Ultra X3 850W NZXT Phantom White+ Custom mods + Blue LED Logitech G500 Creative Titanium HD 
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Sennheiser HD 598 
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