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So, based on what I've read from this thread, my current plan of action is as follows:
-This Black Friday, buy a high end Phenom II, CPU Cooler, and VRM Cooler (have any reccomendations?)
-Try to sell the x4 840 for $25 or something
-Around Christmas, maybe sooner, buy a 7800+ series card.
I wish I could afford the GPU now, since I'd love to get the free games tongue.gif

Sounds like a good plan. As far as VRM cooling - you will need to get some aftermarket heatsinks and attach them to your motherboard. This is a relatively easy process, but you will need to research first and understand exactly what you are doing before you do it. Start by googling your motherboard name and model and "vrm heatsink".

Definitely resell old components. Should be able to get at least that for the CPU, maybe even $50? I wouldn't know these days.

And hopefully there will still be these game deals through till Christmas. One thing is for sure, AMD are on a roll in the lead up to the holiday season, and they will be marketing hard with prices, new products, game-packages and other bonuses.

Contrary to other suggestions, I would shy away from the x6. It's a great CPU with a strong IMC (for AMD), but the extra power required for the extra cores = unnecessary strain on your motherboard. You are better of with a quad core (mostly because your motherboard isn't the strongest, though it is good enough) drawing less power and staying cooler allowing a higher potential overclock which is better for games.
Edited by willibj - 10/22/12 at 6:32pm
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Could check out the recently released new FX.
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Could check out the recently released new FX.
I don't have AM3+ support, and don't wish to upgrade my motherboard. If I get enough money to upgrade my motherboard, I might as well switch to Intel.
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I don't have AM3+ support, and don't wish to upgrade my motherboard. If I get enough money to upgrade my motherboard, I might as well switch to Intel.
+10000 on that one..but amd does just fine for gameing.
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Your GPU is no issue at all. Not sure why anyone is telling you to upgrade it at all. I use a 470 and i still run any and all games i play on max settings.

 

Are you completely serious? A 460 maxing BF3 will not happen. No offense to the OP so dont take offense but the 460 was an OK card in its time but in no way is it even close to a power house to max current games. Maybe if your running a low res possibly. 

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I agree, if can only afford one upgrade go for video card.....
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I got a 1090t I'd sell, mobo is being RMA'ed at the moment
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Your CPU. Get a newer AMD or go with Intel if you have the money. It is well worth it!
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Are you completely serious? A 460 maxing BF3 will not happen. No offense to the OP so dont take offense but the 460 was an OK card in its time but in no way is it even close to a power house to max current games. Maybe if your running a low res possibly. 
On a fresh install of windows, I can run BF3 at High at 35-40 FPS. I'll still be upgrading GPUs if I have the money though.
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On a fresh install of windows, I can run BF3 at High at 35-40 FPS. I'll still be upgrading GPUs if I have the money though.

Thats understandable but the op said he wants to max the games he listed.
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