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Hi there,

I'm getting ready to upgrade my Gaming PC and need some advice (so many confusing reviews out there).

Current rig:

AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE 3.1 (OC'd to 3.5)
ASUS M5A97 Mobo
MSI GeForce GTS 450 1GB Cyclone
2x 4GB Kingston HyperX Blu 1600
2x 1TB Seagate HDD (one SATA2 , one SATA3. ST310005 24AS & 28AS respectively)
Windows Home Premium 64bit
Samsung BX2450 LED

* I use a max resolution of 1920 x 1080 for my gaming

What in your opinions would be the best order of upgrading?

* New FX CPU or older Phenom II?
* GTX 570 or ATI equivalent
* or a SSD

Thanks for your input.
post #2 of 13
660ti is cheaper than the 570 I think. or a 7950 would be amd size (not an amd guy so dont quote me)

Most games only use the one thread for the most part so the dual core might be ok for now.
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there are plenty of games that benefit from multicore processors....the crysis series was way ahead of the game in that aspect. skyrim is also multithreaded. battlefield 3 is multithreaded. the more cpu cores you have the better off you will be. i would definitely upgrade the cpu first. right now the gts 450 is probably being bottlenecked by the dual core. bottom line, find any amd quad core you can and slap that thing in there and receive less bottlenecking. or if you could lay your hands on it...an amd phenom 2 x4 960t zosma chip. quad core with possibility of unlocking to a hex core cpu....also unlocked multiplier so you can overclock the stuffings out of it. most people report being able to unlock to at least a pentacore cpu with a good portion also reporting unlocking to a hexacore. then probably buy a graphics card. if you dont mind buying used you can grab an nvida gtx 570 used off here for around $200 or maybe under. gtx 570s may be last years mid ranged cards but for $200 they can pound on games at 1920x1080 res. i was able to play crysis 2 max and skyrim maxed at 1080p on just one let alone the 2 i have in sli
 
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I would say your first step is a new GPU. A GTS 450 isn't really much at all, especially at 1080p. Next step would definitely be a new CPU. You don't need to downgrade yourself into an older Phenom II, definitely go for an FX processor in your situation. I'd say the FX6100 or higher at least.

The SSD would be the most noticeable increase in your daily routines though.

In all honesty, your rig needs all three. But if its strictly gaming, I'd go GPU first, then CPU, then SSD.
 
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yes I say diffently look at the 660
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yes I say diffently look at the 660

The 660? No, not for $300. It's a very poor choice at the $300 market price.
 
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Hi there,
I'm getting ready to upgrade my Gaming PC and need some advice (so many confusing reviews out there).
Current rig:
AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE 3.1 (OC'd to 3.5)
ASUS M5A97 Mobo
MSI GeForce GTS 450 1GB Cyclone
2x 4GB Kingston HyperX Blu 1600
2x 1TB Seagate HDD (one SATA2 , one SATA3. ST310005 24AS & 28AS respectively)
Windows Home Premium 64bit
Samsung BX2450 LED
* I use a max resolution of 1920 x 1080 for my gaming
What in your opinions would be the best order of upgrading?
* New FX CPU or older Phenom II?
* GTX 570 or ATI equivalent
* or a SSD
Thanks for your input.
I'd go for a phenom ii x4 955 BE or something. then gfx card
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Phenom x6 are very cheap and fair.but I would do that last .get a gpu
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You could get both a Phenom II 965 and a Radeon HD 7850 for $350
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post #10 of 13
For you stick to amd.if you had a NVIDIA comp I would say stick to NVIDIA etc
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