Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    iAngeIiK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Gender
    male
    Location
    In my room.
    Posts
    284
    Reputation
    11
    Thanks
    156
    My Mood
    Sleepy

    Processor/motherboard/RAM/Video card upgrade

    Well I'll start off saying my budget is upwards to $450. Will be mainly for gaming.
    My current options to put me under a $450 cap are these.

    Newegg.com - ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS (ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS)

    Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B (CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B)

    Newegg.com - AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX (AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150515 (XFX Double D HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity)

    I prefer AMD over Intel/NVIDIA, but I am willing to swap for NVIDIA graphics. I'm using a 500W processor, case will fit anything up to 10.7 x 8.3 x 2.8 (in inches) for Graphics cards.
    Anything I can upgrade, swap out etc would be greatly appreciated if someone told me. From what I saw this would be the best for my budget, and I'm willing to use tigerdirect alongside newegg for parts. Cheers.
    Last edited by iAngeIiK; 07-08-2012 at 10:42 AM.

  2. #2
    Alen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Gender
    male
    Location
    Liquid Generator
    Posts
    27,930
    Reputation
    2539
    Thanks
    4,216
    My Mood
    Fine
    Definitely an okay budget build but I would recommend you lurk Slickdeals for a week or so to find a better deal on a higher-end gfx card.

  3. #3
    Bengali's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Gender
    male
    Posts
    421
    Reputation
    18
    Thanks
    30
    An Intel i3 2100/ASRock H77 Pro 3 combo is a better idea if gaming is your main priority.

  4. #4
    iAngeIiK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Gender
    male
    Location
    In my room.
    Posts
    284
    Reputation
    11
    Thanks
    156
    My Mood
    Sleepy
    Quote Originally Posted by Alen View Post
    Definitely an okay budget build but I would recommend you lurk Slickdeals for a week or so to find a better deal on a higher-end gfx card.
    Alright, I can pay at least $189 for the graphics card at most so I'll keep a look out for one on Slickdeals. I have another ~3 weeks until I get all the cash together so I think I'll be able to find something well priced there eventually.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bengali View Post
    An Intel i3 2100/ASRock H77 Pro 3 combo is a better idea if gaming is your main priority.
    I will never go back to a dual core, ever. That's one thing I just can't handle, even if it's a sandy bridge.

  5. #5
    Bengali's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Gender
    male
    Posts
    421
    Reputation
    18
    Thanks
    30
    Don't get a bulldozer quad core then atleast. Go with a Phenom 960t or 965 if you can find one. The FX series is horrible for gaming. Even a dual core i3 2100 beats a lot of AMD CPUs for gaming. Do not underestimate this little monster.
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...0_6.html#sect0
    Last edited by Bengali; 07-08-2012 at 02:35 PM.

  6. #6
    Alen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Gender
    male
    Location
    Liquid Generator
    Posts
    27,930
    Reputation
    2539
    Thanks
    4,216
    My Mood
    Fine
    Quote Originally Posted by Bengali View Post
    Don't get a bulldozer quad core then atleast. Go with a Phenom 960t or 965 if you can find one. The FX series is horrible for gaming. Even a dual core i3 2100 beats a lot of AMD CPUs for gaming. Do not underestimate this little monster.
    AMD FX-8120, AMD FX-6100 and AMD FX-4100 CPUs Review. Page 6 - X-bit labs
    A decently clocked bulldozer will outperform all but the absolutely best Phenoms. Check benchmarks, and make sure they're up to date. Furthermore with proper threading optimizations in Windows 8 the new AMD stuff should see a reasonable increase in performance.

    inb4 same clocks, a newer fab process will always yield better OCs and clocks.

  7. #7
    Bengali's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Gender
    male
    Posts
    421
    Reputation
    18
    Thanks
    30
    Then again you can OC a phenom as well.

    Everyone's hoping Win8 will improve bulldozer's performance, I doubt it. AMD already released patches for Win7, but that little effect on the performance.

  8. #8
    Alen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Gender
    male
    Location
    Liquid Generator
    Posts
    27,930
    Reputation
    2539
    Thanks
    4,216
    My Mood
    Fine
    Quote Originally Posted by Bengali View Post
    Then again you can OC a phenom as well.

    Everyone's hoping Win8 will improve bulldozer's performance, I doubt it. AMD already released patches for Win7, but that little effect on the performance.
    Check the benchmarks, as I said. Windows 7's and Windows 8's method of handling threads is different. Furthermore I'd like to see you hit an easy 4.5GHz+ on Phenom IIs.

  9. #9
    Bengali's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Gender
    male
    Posts
    421
    Reputation
    18
    Thanks
    30
    Right clock speed is everything.

  10. #10
    iAngeIiK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Gender
    male
    Location
    In my room.
    Posts
    284
    Reputation
    11
    Thanks
    156
    My Mood
    Sleepy
    Quote Originally Posted by Bengali View Post
    Right clock speed is everything.
    Clock speed does play a heavy part in it. My processor before my current one (fried it) was a Phenom X4 965? I believe. There is no way I can chip out the money for an Intel processor currently, and those high-end games aren't really my goal to play, more along the lines of League of Legends, TeamFortress2, Black Light Retribution, Combat Arms, Borderlands 2, etc. And after doing a bit research for benchmarks, The FX-4100 basically matches the i3-2100 up until 1920x1080, but that's using something like the 6950 and I'm aiming for a 6850, but even then, it's questionable on how much a difference it is, and this is with high levels of AA. I mean eventually I will upgrade to Intel, but with the money I'm making currently and the money I have allocated to spend, the i3-2100 won't do me much good. I do intend to snag an i5-3550 sometime around November however, unless the gameplay is manageable on AMD then I'd have no reason to upgrade.

Similar Threads

  1. DAM VIDEO CARD!!
    By Imperial Commando in forum Flaming & Rage
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-11-2009, 07:57 PM
  2. need a new video card (help)
    By lolz2much in forum General
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-31-2009, 05:41 AM
  3. No Video Card?
    By counter-strike222222222 in forum CounterStrike (CS) 1.6 Hacks / Counter Strike: Source (CSS) Hacks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-08-2009, 05:05 AM
  4. Video Card
    By tomoki in forum Art & Graphic Design
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-25-2008, 03:47 PM
  5. Video Card Upgrade :O
    By radnomguywfq3 in forum General
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 10-10-2008, 03:05 PM