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post #1 of 22
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Hi all, A buddy of mine recommended me to the forums and need some opinions on what to do. I plan on upgrading or new build during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. My current build is

CPU = AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+
MB = Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H
RAM = Corsair XMS2 4GB DDR2-800
GPU = Galaxy Geforce GTS 450 1GB
PSU = Ultra LS500 500W (+12v = 28A )

I'm not on a really strict budget, just trying to get most bang for buck. What would get me the most gaming performance, 1080p out of the following. Upgrade CPU to AMD Phenom II x4 965, GPU to Radeon 7870 Ghz and PSU to 650W or Do a new Intel build, get new MB, Ram and a i3 2100 with a 6850 or a i5 2500k with my current video card. Any advice is appreciated biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

I will be using it mainly for Web Surfing, Watching DVDs and 1080p videos and Maxed out gaming at 1080p.
post #2 of 22
Hi Buddy! Welcome to OCN. I think because of your motherboard and ram being ddr2 I would just go for the 955/965 and 7850/7870
But then again if your ok with playing on your GTS 450 for a bit you can always get a intel motherboard,ram and cpu and wait a bit to upgrade.
Also think about the green side. GTX 650,660/TI. Those are great cards as well.
post #3 of 22
I would spend a bit more and go with a new FX-6300. As good if not better than the I3 but with the ability to overclock. The 7870 is a GREAT card for the money, but buy one at stock speeds and then OC it yourself. You'll save money and get better speeds. Make sure it has a after market cooler, too. I recommend the XFX 7870. They're usually cheaper than reference.

You can't really beat the FX6300 - 7870 combo for gaming (At the price point). Also, you'll be just fine with the 500w PSU unless you're doing some heavy OCing or going for a crossfire config in the future.

So basically, buy a FX6300 CPU with the money saved by not buying a new PSU. Pair it with a 7870.

As for the MoBo I'd get the ASRock 970 EXTREME3.

For a future crossfire: Gigabyte AM3+ UD3 990fx


CPU: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox

GPU: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx787acnfc

MoBo: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-970extreme3

Xfire MoBo: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990fxaud3

Oh, and get 8gb of Samsung RAM. It's kind of amazing. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-memory-mv3v4g3dus
post #4 of 22
I'm pretty sure that getting a new mobo,cpu,ram and gpu is a lot more than just a gpu and cpu.
Edited by OverClocker55 - 11/18/12 at 8:29pm
post #5 of 22
Obviously. I'm just suggesting other parts for him to upgrade to. The CPU and GPU are the main components but he has a fairly old Mobo and DDR2 RAM. He should probably update his whole system, considering the age of his other parts.
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by AbyssalGaze View Post

Obviously. I'm just suggesting other parts for him to upgrade to. The CPU and GPU are the main components but he has a fairly old Mobo and DDR2 RAM. He should probably update his whole system, considering the age of his other parts.
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post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Would it be worth going with the Phenom and 7870 now and then when money isnt tight, selling off the phenom, MB and ram then upgrading to i5 and crossfire 7870s? And how does the 660 2gb compete with the 7870? what about sli'd?
Edited by HeaT420 - 11/19/12 at 1:00am
post #8 of 22
Just sell your whole system and start anew.

i3 + 7850 would be great for what you want to do.

Best Value for Money Build I Can Think Of:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1002.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 04:35 EST-0500)
Edited by StayFrosty - 11/19/12 at 1:36am
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by HeaT420 View Post

Would it be worth going with the Phenom and 7870 now and then when money isnt tight, selling off the phenom, MB and ram then upgrading to i5 and crossfire 7870s? And how does the 660 2gb compete with the 7870? what about sli'd?

- I would much rather invest into a solid Intel platform right now so that you don't have to upgrade again until a few years.
- As for video cards AMD beats Nvidia in price/performance (and in GPGPU too) so 7870 all the way.
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)]

Why investing in the older 7200.12's ?

The new single-platter WD is available for $85.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339
Edited by adridu59 - 11/19/12 at 10:09am
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post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
I don't have the money to do a build like that. If I switch over to intel, I won't be able to get a new video card right now. Not really trying to futureproof or anything, just want the most gaming performance for now. Which would be better i5 with my GTS 450 OR Phenom 965 and 7870/7950?

BTW, Thanks for all the replies so far =)
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