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Old May 17, 2014, 12:13 PM
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Hello everyone, it has been a year and a half since i builded my gamer pc, and with the new graphics gen i thought it is time to upgrade, but i need your help and i need your advice, your guidance in this process.

So let's begin, this is my current build:

CPU: Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4ghz
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Motherboard: Asrock 970 Extreme 3 (not Rev 2.0)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6870 1GB
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB (Started failing)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311

Note 1: I'm expecting to buy the Phanteks Enthoo Pro case.
Note 1.5: I'm using just 1 sceen, because I don't know what are the benefits of multiple screens.
Note 2: I'm not sure if i should wait until black friday or upgrading it now
Note 3: Thanks guys for your help!

INFO: I live in Dominican Republic, I use the PC for gaming and sometimes editing.
I don't have any buget in mind, just the pieces don't cross the US$250(per part).

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Old May 17, 2014, 03:16 PM
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I took some time to look at FX-8350's benchmark and in terms of games, it's only a bit faster than the 980BE. If you already have a 965BE, upgrading to a FX chip may not see any benefits. May be the following:

GPU: AMD R9-270 or R9-270X (I personally don't like AMD drivers)
SSD: Crucial or Intel 240 GB
HDD: some kind of 2TB storage drive and RMA the WD Blue drive
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Old May 17, 2014, 03:32 PM
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My System Specs


i5 4670k, z97 motherboard, r9 270 and reuse the rest. Hard drive of your choice
Desktop: Arc Midi R2, Z77-D3H, 3570K 1.09v/4.1ghz with Zalman Optima Cooler, Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb@1866mhz, XFX R9 280X DD, Bitfenix Fury 750w, WD Black 1TB, Intel 530 120GB
Away from home light Gamer: Acer Aspire 15.6", A8-3500m undervolt and OC to 2Ghz, 2x4gb Corsair Vengeance, Crucial M500 240gb
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Old May 17, 2014, 04:59 PM
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Should I wait for the July 4th Sales?
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