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Old 04-09-2012, 05:50 AM   #1
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Question Advice on upgrading current build?

My current specs:

Mobo: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 Motherboard

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZNBC Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600


HDD1: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

HDD2: HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 (0F13180) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

Disc drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-24B3LT

Case: Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower

I've been wondering what would be my best choice for upgrading my current build, and have been thinking of possibly switching to a LGA 1155 mobo and getting either a 2500K or one of the new Ivy Bridge CPUs when they release; or maybe upgrading my GPU to a Radeon HD 6950 or 7870. What do you guys think? Would one of these ideas be good (and if so, which?), or would I be better off with something else?
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:17 AM   #2
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If you have the money to switch to a 1155 build, that's what I'd do
What kind of budget do you have?
Keeping your current system, I'd either upgrade the graphics card to a 7870, or I'd add a SSD. Either would give you a noticeable improvement. I have a 128Gb Crucial M4 and I can't see myself ever going back to a mechanical hard drive now - everything on there feels much snappier and more responsive
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:59 AM   #3
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id go for an Ivy Bridge or if you dont want to wait get get an i5 and upgrade to an IB later on. the GPU you have should be good for a while so i dont see the point in upgrading that atm.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:08 AM   #4
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Would you want an SSD?
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:11 AM   #5
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SSD and that is it. Your computer is fine for now man. I personally wouldn't even do a processor/graphics card update until the new consoles come out. Maybe add 2 more 2gb memory if your mobo has 4 slots, get 2x4gb, or just get 16gb of memory with either 2x8gb or 4x4gb

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Old 04-10-2012, 12:59 AM   #6
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Here is what you can expect going from your current rig to an I5 2500 or better with a high end video card like the hd7970 used in this test http://www.techspot.com/review/507-m...est/page5.html bottom of page has a nice lil graph with different cpu's yes I know its only one game but it applies to all and will very between games..
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:47 AM   #7
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You could upgrade to SSD
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:45 AM   #8
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If you haven't already overclocked that 965 you might as well be throwing money out the window. Get an aftermarket cooler and overclock it to at least 3.5ghz. Once you get that straightened out then its time to think about upgrades and for the most part those are just an issue of what you are not satisfied with.

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