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Given my system spec, what's my best upgrade with a $250 budget?
« on: November 04, 2013, 01:58:09 PM »
As the title says - I'll have a budget of $250 in a couple months to spend on upgrading my rig. I'd like to get the most gaming performance for my buck.

Here's what I'm running now:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGIBOX

Mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM: I have a total of 8gigs of this: Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGV34G1600ELK

Video card: Palit Sonic Platinum NE5X560HHD02F GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

My first thought is to just drop the dough on a new video card but if my CPU is slowing me or (or something else) I'd rather upgrade that.

Thanks for taking a look.

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Re: Given my system spec, what's my best upgrade with a $250 budget?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2013, 04:57:54 PM »
My experience has always been that RAM is better. Specifically, equal RAM for each core. You're running 3.2 in a quad core, so somewhere around 12.8 gig of RAM (16 being the best round up). Of course I think it matters on what you are upgrading it for. Mostly games I'm assuming.

RAM has usually been my cost effective go to upgrade.
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Re: Given my system spec, what's my best upgrade with a $250 budget?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2013, 05:06:01 PM »
Op said gaming performance.

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Re: Given my system spec, what's my best upgrade with a $250 budget?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2013, 05:11:14 PM »
Discussion in the irc channel is indicating that my vid card is fine and that i may need a mobo/cpu upgrade. With ram as cheap as it is, i may add that in to the upgrade.

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Re: Given my system spec, what's my best upgrade with a $250 budget?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2013, 11:41:08 AM »
Newegg is almost always running a sale on a motherboard and cpu combo. You thinking of sticking with AMD or going to move to Intel?

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Re: Given my system spec, what's my best upgrade with a $250 budget?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2013, 12:51:27 PM »
I know you are looking at a $250 budget but this is what I have and have zero issues with anything. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1475303

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Re: Given my system spec, what's my best upgrade with a $250 budget?
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2013, 01:16:26 PM »
I know you are looking at a $250 budget but this is what I have and have zero issues with anything. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1475303


Nice set. WAY out of my budget :(

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Re: Given my system spec, what's my best upgrade with a $250 budget?
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2013, 04:19:46 PM »
Your video card is pretty serviceable, upgrading the platform would provide the best bang for your buck.  AMD/ATi has been killing it lately in the bang for your buck category.

I was looking about after the IRC chat and I think this is the best CPU+Mobo combo you can get for $250:

ASUS M5A97 ($83.99, $73.99 with mail-in rebate) *Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131872

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Eight-Core ($159.99) *Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103960

159.99+83.99=243.98

It will work with your existing memory.  8 Cores @ 3.6GHz, overclockable (FX cpus are unlocked so you just change the multiplier) and built on a solid Asus motherboard.  A quick Google search shows tons running at 4.5GHz on high end air and 5.0GHz on water.  With a stock to decent air cooler I could see doing 4.0GHz easy.  Its a great platform.

EDIT: As an aside once I have my new rig built I will be selling my current memory if you wanna good deal on a fast 16GB kit (I know the red memory and blue mobo will clash...):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231499
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Re: Given my system spec, what's my best upgrade with a $250 budget?
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2013, 10:46:14 PM »
I don't have any specific part advice, but to help you stretch your dollars, check out http://pcpartpicker.com. You input the parts you're looking at and it does all of the comparison shopping for you. I've saved 15% in 15 minutes...wait, that's wrong....you get the idea. Sometimes, Newegg doesn't always have the best price.
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Re: Given my system spec, what's my best upgrade with a $250 budget?
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2013, 11:05:40 PM »
Actually , I purchased the package Zx had mentioned along with a cooler.