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I currently have the following system with some parts dating 5+ years. In preparation for the new standard of requirements for gaming (iniated by the Witcher 3!!!!), I would like to get an idea of what is currently being recommended. I pop in and out of following pc specs as I need new parts so I really have no clue about current technology. The machine will be used primarily for gaming, videos and streaming. I don't have a budget per say as I don't know what can realistically be kept from my current build. Any and all help would be greatly apprecited.

Current Franken-PC:

OS: Windows 7
CPU: Phenom II x4 940
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4 AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD
Graphics: SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
RAM: G.SKILL PI Black 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
OS SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 55GB
Storage HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Case: Corsair Carbine Series 500R
Monitor: Achieva Shimian Lite
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post #2 of 43
Reusing some of your parts would result in me doing something like this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320E 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (Purchased For $0.00)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($121.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($72.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $699.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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I would recommend upgrading your PSU and cooler, however, especially to maximize your return on that beautiful 1440p monitor and a next-gen game like The Witcher 3.
If you're wanting to stay AMD:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320E 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($121.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($72.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1164.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Thanks so much for the suggestions! I definetly want to focus on truely utilizing the 1440p monitor so I'm towards the pecs provided in the second build. I have no allegiance to AMD, I've just usually used it in the past to save a few bucks. If I can get better performance/$ or any other benefits by using intel, I'm open to that. Lastly, I'm just curious as to why I need a bigger SSD? For the OS or for games/programs? Thanks again...and PC Part Picker to super rad.
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Originally Posted by swingking03 View Post

Thanks so much for the suggestions! I definetly want to focus on truely utilizing the 1440p monitor so I'm towards the pecs provided in the second build. I have no allegiance to AMD, I've just usually used it in the past to save a few bucks. If I can get better performance/$ or any other benefits by using intel, I'm open to that. Lastly, I'm just curious as to why I need a bigger SSD? For the OS or for games/programs? Thanks again...and PC Part Picker to super rad.
You dont NEED a bigger SSD imo. I currently have 1x 128gb SSD for my OS and 2 more HDD for storage. Although i do Suggest a slightly higher space maybe 240gb SSD (cheap now) as time goes by, things are getting alot higher.

1440p is amazing! i am using 1x right now. But i do have 2 more monitors @1440p but do not have the gpu power to run them frown.gif i am patiently waiting on these new gpu to hopefully target those that need it.
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For an unlocked i5 processor, you're going to spend ~$220. Couple that with at least a $120 motherboard and you can see the value of AMD.
Granted, the i5 will perform better in many instances, but for gaming, the difference comes out to FPS differences you're more than likely not going to notice. There is the benefit of being newer technology, which means less heat & less power draw, especially from the GPUs.
Also, your SSD is pretty dated and very small, and the price for a 256GB model that will house your main games and files is too good to pass up for the benefits it provides.


A 1440p intel build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.88 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($72.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($344.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($344.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($108.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1401.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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post #6 of 43
do you want a full rebuild or do you want to use some of the current stuff you have??

FX-8350 $170
r9 280X or r9 290 or r9 290x (depends on how much you want to spend) $260, $300, $350
Crucial mx100 256gb for OS and games $110

depending on how much you want to spend

min $540
max 630

no sense in changing out any other parts on your system. they all work.
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He'd need to upgrade his motherboard if he's going to run an 8350.
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post #8 of 43
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Originally Posted by Jester435 View Post

do you want a full rebuild or do you want to use some of the current stuff you have??

I would like to re-use what I can but not at a signifcant downside. If I can get by with some parts and still smoothly run 1440p, then upgrade others down the road, then that is also an option.
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Originally Posted by p4inkill3r View Post

He'd need to upgrade his motherboard if he's going to run an 8350.

I just noticed that when I looked up his mobo.

if he wants a better GPU then he will need to upgrade his mobo and CPU. right now his x4 940 would bottleneck the new cards.

in fact his cpu is probably bottle necking his 7950 right now
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With the recommendations above, would it be prudent to wait until they announce how many cores Witcher 3 will support since the AMD is 8 cores vs. Intel at 4?
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