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Thread Starter 
Hey all!

I'm new to the forum and I'm amazed by all the great info!

I have a PC I built a while back and I was looking to get some upgrade suggestions. I typically play Minecraft and do some light video/sound editing and I know its really time for an upgrade and I don't really know where to invest my money.

That being said, my budget it around $350-400 for now.

My current specs are:

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T (Black Edition)

RAM: 6 GB DDR2 total
2gb PC2-6400
2gb PC2-6400
2gb PC2-5300

Mainboard:
ECS A780GM-A 1.0

Graphics:
ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics

Storage:
300 GB HDD with Windows 8.1



Just looking for some honest (nice lol) input. I'm still pretty new to PC building. Thanks everyone! Glad to be here!

Sent from my Nexus 5
post #2 of 29
You did not list what PSU you have
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post #3 of 29
Psu,gpu?

I would buy a better mobo and keep the cpu,sell the ram and buy 2x4gb
  
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post #4 of 29
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Sorry guys, I completely forgot to include my PSU. I have an Ark Technogies ATX P4 500W PSU. As for the GPU, I just have the integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200.

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post #5 of 29
Your PSU sounds like a noname better replace it with something decent
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post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by babalonius508 View Post

Hey all!

I'm new to the forum and I'm amazed by all the great info!
I have a PC I built a while back and I was looking to get some upgrade suggestions. I typically play Minecraft and do some light video/sound editing and I know its really time for an upgrade and I don't really know where to invest my money.
That being said, my budget it around $350-400 for now.
My current specs are:
CPU:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T (Black Edition)
RAM: 6 GB DDR2 total
2gb PC2-6400
2gb PC2-6400
2gb PC2-5300
Mainboard:
ECS A780GM-A 1.0
Graphics:
ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
Storage:
300 GB HDD with Windows 8.1
Just looking for some honest (nice lol) input. I'm still pretty new to PC building. Thanks everyone! Glad to be here!
Sent from my Nexus 5

As I believe your 1090T comes with both a DDR2 and DDR3 memory controller.
I would say to spend about $100 for a newer motherboard (970X, DDR3)
and another $100 for two matching 4GB DDR3 sticks of memory.
Spend the leftover cash for a graphics card (used AMD 7870?)
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post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post


As I believe your 1090T comes with both a DDR2 and DDR3 memory controller.
I would say to spend about $100 for a newer motherboard (970X, DDR3)
and another $100 for two matching 4GB DDR3 sticks of memory.
Spend the leftover cash for a graphics card (used AMD 7870?)

Thanks for the honest input. I'm try to replace as little as possible because of money issues but I know I need a new graphics card. Is there much benefit to changing my motherboard?

Sent from my Nexus 5
post #8 of 29
Hello and welcome to OCN!

There are four things I think we can agree on here: we'd suggest getting a new motherboard, (then) new ram, a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), and a brand name Power Supply Unit (PSU).

A new motherboard for your CPU that gives you slots for DDR3 because DDR3 has gotten cheaper and runs better than DDR2. Also depending on what you get, it may give you more options such as more/better SATA ports, more PCI-e slots, and if it is a good brand better chances at a longer life. BUT of the four options this is the third in my opinion of priorities.

New ram (DDR3) rather than your DDR2 will effect your system positively but in almost no noticeable way but will be required if you decide on a new motherboard making it my fourth in my opinion of priorities.

Any new or used GPU will be the biggest and most noticeable difference to your system because it is a complete Graphics Processor that is more powerful than your integrated one. This is number one in my opinion of priorities.

It is important to get a new BRAND NAME (Corsair, Antec, Cooler Master, Thermaltake, Rosewill, and EVGA) PSU is because any "came with the case," or, "super cheap," PSU is a danger to the longevity and safety of your computer. They are unreliable and can kill systems for no apparent reason. A brand name will probably have a warranty and reviews that you can see for yourself online about their power, consumption, and reliability. This is second in my opinion of priorities but only because you won't notice it once it is installed.

Don't understand enough about AMD to make a Mother Board recommendation, but G.Skill make good RAM, try to get a good GPU (AMD 7770 and up or Nvidia 650 and up) preferably new, and for a PSU any of those brands mentioned earlier are good choices regardless of price (usually).
post #9 of 29
That motherboard. Problem is, once you get away from it you'll need new RAM and a graphics card, because your AM3+ mobo won't run DDR2 and won't have onboard graphics. But you'll still have a better CPU than me!

You can probably hit your price target with a 970 series motherboard from Gigabyte or Asus or whatever, 2x4 gigs of 1600 DDR3 RAM (i'm looking at some Newegg sales right now for $65), and a midrange GPU like an R7 260X, and have a pretty darn good rig for not much money. Actually you could probably do better than that on the GPU; I used to always recommend the HD 7850 but now the price of AMD graphics hardware is way up compared to the good old days. Maybe somebody could recommend you a more cost effective graphics option, but I think anything you do has to start with replacing that motherboard and RAM. That also puts you in a decent spot for future upgrades like a badass GPU and a quality PSU.

Aw crud I just rehashed everything the last guy said. I guess I agree with the last guy!

Incidentally, are you going to be stuck buying a new copy of windows for this rig? If you change mobo that seems like that might be an issue for you, so is that included in your budget or in addition to the $350-$400?
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post #10 of 29
I hate to see you sink cash into a dead platform. Essentially your CPU is good enough like the consensus above has stated. Buy a NEW GOOD PSU. We can help you find one. For the rest, I suggest browsing the market forums here. You can run your Phenom II with either DDR2 on an AM2+ board, or with DDR3 on an AM3 or AM3+ board. Usually there are plenty of good used overclocker boards in the market. In my opinion, with Phenom II, DDR2-800CL4 or DDR2-1066CL5 runs just as well as any DDR3 that will work with your CPU. The only exception would be if you are lucky enough to find some DDR3-1600CL6. What matters most for the 1090T is getting the CPU-NB clock up to improve latency.

Alternatively, you could sell your old stuff and move to a more modern platform.
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