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Old May 3, 2013, 06:53 AM
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Hello Everyone,

Right now I am at the point where I am looking to get a new CPU and mobo. With all the new CPU's out there I am confused on what to get. The computer is 95% used for gaming (WoW, SC2) and I do a little bit of media streaming to my PS3 (tv shows & movies). Here are the stats of what I have right now:

AMD Phenom II X4 810
Asus M4A785T-M (mobo)
Patriot 1600LL Series RAM - 4x4GB
OS Drive - OCZ Agility3 SSD
Gaming Drive - OCZ Vertix2 SSD
Storage Drive - Sata 2TB Hard Drive.

I am pretty happy with my RAM and video card and looking to get some extra performance out of my rig. I am like most gamers and want to have everything running top notch. I am open to both AMD and Intel and cost is somewhat of an issue.

Thank you for all the recommendations which you guys will (hopefully) give me.

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Old May 3, 2013, 07:09 AM
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You say cost is somewhat of an issue...but what is your budget? $200? $300? $400?

For about $400 you could get a nice i5 3570K with z77 motherboard

For about $300 you could get an FX8320/M5A97 combo

For about $200 you might be able to find a used 1090T and pair it with a new M5A97

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Son's Rig: M5A97; 1055T; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; Powercolor 7950; 250GB Crucial MX200; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;
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Old May 3, 2013, 07:14 AM
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Canada Computer has this bundle for sale:

Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-D3H Socket FM2 AMD A85X Chipset Motherboard + AMD A8-5600K (100W) Quad-Core Socket FM2 APU Bundle | Canada Computers

Is it a viable upgrade?

When it comes to cost it's all about convincing the wife.
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Old May 3, 2013, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by rwinger View Post
Canada Computer has this bundle for sale:

Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-D3H Socket FM2 AMD A85X Chipset Motherboard + AMD A8-5600K (100W) Quad-Core Socket FM2 APU Bundle | Canada Computers

Is it a viable upgrade?

When it comes to cost it's all about convincing the wife.
an APU isnt really an upgrade. Save a little money and get a i5 and a z77 mobo.
Gaming Rig (Gaming Cruncher): i5 3570K @ 4.2ghz, MSI GTX 680 2GB, EVGA Z77 FTW Mobo, 8GB Mushkin Blackline DDR 3, Kingston SSDNOW V300 120GB | 1000GB Data, Corsair HX 1000w PSU, Antec P280 case

24/7 WCG Cruncher: i5 2400 @3.4ghz, Gigabyte HD 7770 1GB (GPU Cruncher), AsRock Z68M/USB3 Mobo, 8GB HyperX DDR 3, 120GB HyperX Blue SSD | 1TB storage, Thermaltake TR2 500w PSU, Thermaltake Soprano Snow Edition case

Laptop: Asus G74Sx | i7 2630QM, GTX 560M 3GB, 12 GB DDR 3 1333, 750GB Sata II HDD
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Old May 3, 2013, 01:35 PM
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Just to throw an in between for a price point.
FX-6300 $149.34
GA-970A-UD3 has better power system 8+2 phase vs the 4 phase on that asus board. $99.99 w $10mir


Add a Antec H20 920 $69.99 with the savings and OC that puppy to 4.6Ghz and call it a day.

Total with cooler $319.32

Or wait until the NH-D14 go on sale for $50 to keep it at $300.
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Old May 26, 2013, 01:51 AM
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If you were trying to save the the CPU by getting an older gen., at least get a phenomII x4 955, they only ~10 more than a 810 and were a very popular chip.

And you DO NOT get that ram for gaming, in most all games 4GB is still just enough, but 8GB is a better choice for the future. So I'd get 4 or 8GB of at least 1600, but 1866 or 2133 is even better if you could afford it. GSkill has some nice quality ram, and fast ram for a good price too. What ever you do just don't get 16GB of slow ram, you will never use 1/2 of it and by the time 16GB is needed for game, it will be WAY too slow by future standards.

And don't cheap out on a power supply, a lot of cheap PSUs are crap, NOT to be trusted with your investment, a fairly good quality 500W PSU can be had for $60.

Not long ago I was looking for a 500W PSU on a budget and read a bunch of reviews, and would advise AGAINST

-Corsair CX400, or 500 (both had bad HardwareSecrets and Johnyguru reviews, and fairly high failure rates it seems)
-most anything cheap from ThermalTake near 500W range
-most anything cheap from coolermaster near 500W

They have some nice ones but not their budget ones, at least not for a worried gamer like me

Most cheap PSUs can't put out their "rated" wattage
-they might be rated for 500W but barely put out 400W before catching fire, etc
-have really bad voltage regulation, can't keep the voltage within 120mV of spec, I like to keep it really clean by keeping it AT MOST within 50mV, your mobo and GPU will love you

I ended up getting an XFX pro 450W for like $64 all inc. from DirectCanda. There really was next to nothing of quality any cheaper (at regular price)
i7 2700k - 7950 3GB crossfire - 4GB 1866 CL8 - 1600p

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Old May 26, 2013, 02:10 AM
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is that ram DDR2? If so it won't fit in most of the options being suggested.

Personally I would go z77 (or z87, once chips start being released for it) and drop in an i3 to keep it cheap.. then in ~2 years drop in an i5, 2 years after that get a decent custom cooler (second-hand even for the chip or coolers) and oc it.. when you then need to replace again in 5~ years, do it again...

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Old May 26, 2013, 02:18 AM
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For what you currently do with your PC, I wouldn't even bother upgrading. You will not see a large or noticeable difference by upgrading the CPU.
Upgrading your video card will yield much more FPS in the games you play.
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