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post #11 of 13
Just to clarify myself. I do agree moving to an FX-8xxx would be a good move. I guess what I was trying to say is that I thought moving from a 270X to say a 290X would give the OP a larger more noticeable improvement in gaming. And that his FX-6100 could handle a better card. But in the bigger picture an 8 core would definitely speed up the rest of the system/tasks. Sorry if I misled.
post #12 of 13
I would go with an upgrade to your graphics card before upgrading your CPU, but it will be more expensive to do that. For your a CPU upgrade, I would recommend an FX-8320 and then overclocking it. that would be the best budget option. The Asus M5A97 is a very solid board, mine is the R2.0 version and it gets my 8320 to 4.6Ghz with a minimal voltage bump. If that is a little more than you want to spend, I would just go with the FX-6300, which I have also owned and it is a fantastic chip! Overclocks great, not too hot with some basic aftermarket cooling, and plays games very well.

For your GPU, I would bump up to an R9 280x to stay inside your $200 price range, you can find 280x's new on NewEgg for $220, also owned that card for a while and it then sold it to a friend for his rig, great card. The Sapphire Vapor-X version overclocks amazingly well, stays really cool and quiet, and games solid as heck. He was playing the Star Wars Battlefront beta at 1080p Ultra with full AA and never dipped below the low 50's, still looked beautiful and was butter-smooth.

To help with cost, see if you can sell your old GPU/CPU and then use that money to upgrade, that is how I am able to upgrade my parts (being a poor college student.) A 220 dollar GPU becomes a 120 dollar upgrade if you first sell your 270x for 100 bucks. If you could do that, then you could use that 80 bucks you save to go towards a new CPU too, then your 200 dollar budget becomes just 20 dollars more and you get BOTH a new graphics card and a new CPU, pretty sweet deal.
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WD Black 1TB Corsair H75 Windows 7 64 Bit Dell 24" 1080p 
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WD Black 1TB Corsair H75 Windows 7 64 Bit Dell 24" 1080p 
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Razer Arctosa (Discontinued) XFX 850 Watt (80+ Bronze) NZXT M59 (Discontinued) Mad Catz R.A.T 3 
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post #13 of 13
A pair of 285s do pretty good, (16000 in firestrike), 380s use even less watts with increased performance and more vram. price is around $200 each> this is OK if your power supply can provide the watts. The OCed 285s I have can draw 400 watts. A single 390 may be a better option.
Edited by warpuck - 10/26/15 at 9:38pm
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