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Apologies if this is the wrong forum, read through a lot of them and this seemed closest to what I was asking.

Okay, few years ago my good PC randomly died on me and I was forced to buy a crummy costco PC (school was starting and I HAD to have a PC for school) Over the years I've been upgrading it bit by bit.

My problem right now is that the only two things left that are still the uber crappy are my CPU and my MB, from what I understand I need to upgrade both at the same time since a new one will not really perform very well since the other is trash.

What I have now is;

Foxconn Aloe 1.01 Mainboard

AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz

Not sure if this is relevant but I also have a 450w PSU (I'm upgrading this to a 600 in a few days), AMD Radeon HD 6670, 8gig of DDR3 RAM (two, four gig cards with two empty slots) and a 600gig hard drive.

Now I've done a good bit of reading and study about AMD and Intel and it seems like both are solid picks, but I'm still at a lost as to witch is right for me.

My goal is to have a PC that can run World of Warcraft on ultra in a ten man raid (guild is aiming for top 300 US this year, we got a shot and I want a PC that can back it up) I also do a lot of video and sound editing and would LOVE to make that run a hell of a lot faster than I am now.

My CPU and GPU is overclocked but I am truly not sure how much, I overclocked it by way of the SmartDoctor program that came with my GPU.

I'd like to keep this under $250 for both CPU and MB together, I feel my skill level with my PC is at the level that I can Overclock my rig without the help of the 3rd party program so if that will allow me to get a cheaper CPU/MB and then just overclock it so it will fit my needs, that would be perfect.

Any help and advice would be awesome, thank you for your time. If there is any other information that is needed just ask and I'll reply back ricky tick.


Thanks a lot again!
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Welcome to OCN smile.gif

If you wanna overclock with your budget of just 250$ for a CPU/Mobo combo, you can't go with Intel since they locked thier CPU's and only the K series is overclockable and the cheapest one is around 200$ alone (i5-3570k or 2500k). Then there is the Z77 mobo which also costs around 180$ for the cheapest one.

As for AMD, I think most of thier CPU's are oc'able. You could try to get an AMD FX4100 CPU (around 110$) and a 990 Chipset mobo (150$) which should fit your budget.
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Actually, you can upgrade the motherboard right now and wait on the CPU if you wanted to, as long as you stay on an AMD platform. Current AMD motherboards can run your X4 630 just fine. And if you do stick with AMD, that's actually your best course of action, since the new "Piledriver" CPUs will be out soon, with better IPC and clock speeds than Bulldozer, not to mention lower power consumption.

Pick up a good quality motherboard with either a 970 or 990 chipset. You might want the high-end 990FX, which you could use to add another video card to your 6670 for Crossfire; the 970s can do this, but the second card is limited to PCIe x4 speeds, while a 990 can do dual x16. You could get a good board for about $130, and it would allow you to overclock that X4 630 to around 3.5 GHz for a nice performance boost. At that speed, your CPU power would be adequate for what we're discussing.

Here's a second 6670 (with GDDR5) for Crossfire, $74.99 shipped after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102958, which you can install into this board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514 for about $131 after the rebate. Which, once you overclock that 630 to its potential, would about double your graphics performance at a cost of about $206. And, you'll be ready for an upgrade to a faster Piledriver CPU anytime you feel the need.

There are options for upgrading to an Intel platform, too, which might cost a little more, but you could help fund it by flipping the 630 for a few bucks. There are plenty of Intel fanboys on here and I'll let them make the Intel suggestions.
     
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Here's a second 6670 (with GDDR5) for Crossfire, .....

I own a Sapphire 6670 GDDR5 and it doesn't support Crossfire (no connectors on top) unless I'm missing something....
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Perfect! Thank you all very much.


Ordering the new PSU and MB today.
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since you already have a 6670 and your budget does no allow for a GPU upgrade, you should strongly consider buying an AMD APU like the A8-3850 (maybe others do it also) and using it to crossfire with your 6670, i dont know much about it beyond what ive seen on OCN here but im sure someone can help you out more with it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103942
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157260

thats leaves $75 for you to add an SSD to your system which will make a significant difference on load times in WoW
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