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I have money to burn and would like to upgrade some hardware in my computer.
Current Setup is below:
Ram: g.Skill Ripjaws 8gb
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2
Motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3
Power: 600W OCZ
Case: MidTower
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 460

I thought a good place to start would be with my motherboard since this is really the heart of a PC, among other things obviously. Basically I would like a solid "upgrade" of sorts, although I don't exactly know what I'm looking for and that is where you guys come in. Quick example, I've began to OC my CPU and some people warned me that my "VRMs" aren't cooled in my motherboard...so I should look into getting a new mobo. Obviously I would like to stay with AMD, but I don't even know what to look for in terms of "what to look for when purchasing a good mobo." Like if I were to purchase RAM I would personally look for 1600 DDR3...but when it comes to mobo I have no idea.
And yes, I would like to be able to do some over clocking

Quick side note: Would also like you to weigh in on the benefits of an SSD. Would it be the best use of an SSD to place my OS on it in order to have my computer boot up from the SSD thus increasing boot times? Thanks guys

I am open to all suggestions, and I thank you in advance!
Edited by cctaylor88 - 2/5/13 at 4:57pm
post #2 of 26
Since there is no GPU and we don't know what is the use of your computer, I would say grab a GPU and a SSD.
post #3 of 26
asus or asrock is a good company to stick with imo...something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1199240 would be a good place to start

ssd is a great thing to invest in as well...here is a good one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226318

also what graphic card do you have currently

the ram you have is ok....you could probably oc it to 2000 easily

also the case and psu look good as well
post #4 of 26

Allright here's what to look when you want to buy a new motherboard, in my opinion.

 

#1 is VRM design. You'll want something that is among the lines of 6+2 / 8+2 if you want to do some overclocking on a 125 watt TDP CPU such as a FX 8350. The first number (8 or 6) stand for the amount of VRM allocated to the CPU while the +2 stand for everything that is related to onboard features such as the RAM, chipset, etc (AFAIK). You also want to make sure that there are some nice heatspreaders on those. Most high end board feature is so you shouldnt have to worry about it.

#2 would be the chipset. 990FX is what you want, since it's the flagship of what AMD is offering.

 

#3 would be the warranty. I personally like it when my products are backed with a solid warranty. I personally think that Gigabyte offer the best customer support and warranty terms, but that's just me.

 

Have a look at this one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514

 

You have 10+2 power phase (they are the little black box next to the socket), a nice heatspreaders for the VRM, and gigabyte's warranty, which is respectable.



Just keep in mind that if you choose to buy a Crosshair V Formula or a Saberthooth from Asus, you are spending 80-100$ extra only for the color scheme.

 

 

A SSD is also a good idea. 


Edited by splinterize - 2/5/13 at 4:57pm
post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 
Okay I updated my first post, GPU is NVIDIA GTX 460...also you both mention an SSD but as I said I don't know why these are becoming so popular or how to utilize them. Please explain a little bit, thanks. Also, I wasn't even aware you could necessarily OC ram? You are saying I can go from the 1600MHz to about 2k? Currently looking at the links provided so far, thanks guys
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Originally Posted by zerokool_3211 View Post

asus or asrock is a good company to stick with imo...something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1199240 would be a good place to start

ssd is a great thing to invest in as well...here is a good one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226318

also what graphic card do you have currently

the ram you have is ok....you could probably oc it to 2000 easily

also the case and psu look good as well

Alright well may I ask why you chose these two items as a good place to start? I am pretty complacent with my CPU as I have it OC'd to 3.6 right now with a stock cooler and haven't even tried to push it what so ever (going to get a CM Hyper 212 most likely). What makes the CPU you suggested better? But more importantly, Im not really looking to purchase a new CPU just a motherboard to start along with other possibilities...why did you suggest that mobo? As I said I have no idea what Im looking for or what makes a mobo "good" as opposed to what I currently have.
post #7 of 26
The first question asked should have been what is your budget ?
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by cctaylor88 View Post
. Also, I wasn't even aware you could necessarily OC ram? You are saying I can go from the 1600MHz to about 2k?

You can. DDR3 default at 1333MHz, anything higher than that is an overclock. Just keep in mind that memory is not guaranteed to be able to reach that speed, unless it is specified on the box. I wouldnt spend more than 40$ on RAM though, it's more about bragging right that real world usage.

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Okay I updated my first post, GPU is NVIDIA GTX 460...also you both mention an SSD but as I said I don't know why these are becoming so popular or how to utilize them

Basically you use it the same way you use a HDD, they speed up your whole system since they are so much faster. Only con is that they are much more expensive that HDDs.

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Okay I updated my first post, GPU is NVIDIA GTX 460

Might want to upgrade that. You could get a board that support SLI (such as the one that I linked) and get another 460, or get a brand new card. I'd still upgrade your CPU and Motherboard first since it'll open up a lot of new possibilities.

post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by splinterize View Post

You can. DDR3 default at 1333MHz, anything higher than that is an overclock. Just keep in mind that memory is not guaranteed to be able to reach that speed, unless it is specified on the box. I wouldnt spend more than 40$ on RAM though, it's more about bragging right that real world usage.


Basically you use it the same way you use a HDD, they speed up your whole system since they are so much faster. Only con is that they are much more expensive that HDDs.


Might want to upgrade that. You could get a board that support SLI (such as the one that I linked) and get another 460, or get a brand new card. I'd still upgrade your CPU and Motherboard first since it'll open up a lot of new possibilities.



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post #10 of 26
What is your system now not doing that you would like it to do better? if you are going to upgrade a little at a time start with what YOU will see the most gain from. A SSD would be the first thing if everything else is up to your standards.

A SSD is a solid state drive so no moving parts. They are a lot faster than a mechanical hard drive. Depending on what you use often and most would depend on the size you need. Most people you use them as a boot drive with the operating system and programs on. Then use a mechanical drive to store data such as picture, video, music, whatever.

As far as seeing and feeling a difference an SSD is the way to go.
    
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