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Upgrading my CPU and Motherboard


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#1 Bristow9091

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:00 PM

Hi guys,

So basically, I haven't upgraded anything in my computer for about 2-3 years now (Although I can still run most games on high (45+ FPS) and ultra (around 20-30 FPS)), and I'm wanting to upgrade, and switch over to... the dark side!

Right, so at the mo I've got and AMD mobo and CPU, and graphics card, lol, and I'm wanting to switch the mobo and CPU over to Intel, I'll switch out the graphics card later on. My specs are, according to HWMonitor anyways lol:

Mobo: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. M4A78LT-M

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T (3.2ghz, 6 cores)

GPU: AMD Radeon 6950 (Can't remember how much RAM this card has though)

I'm on a budget at the mo, of £400, I don't know if that's good, or bad, for what I'm wanting... like I said, at the mo I'm only wanting to upgrade the mobo and CPU, since my graphics card will still work on it anyway (I'm assuming, AMD and Intel don't get along too well in the real world, lol), unless ofcourse, you think it will be bottlenecking the CPU you recommend me, and if so, tell me a graphics card to aim for, and I'll save up and get that shortly after, I'm hoping for something that isn't TOO expensive, but will still perform greatly along the CPU and such.

Oh, I also know this will mean I need a new PSU too, I'm currently using a Corsair 650w which has been great so far, but if I need a bigger one... yeah, feel free to recommend something.

And one more thing...

My HDD is getting very full, but I need just about everything on it, and laugh at me all you like, but I'm still running a 32-bit OS, Win7 ofcourse, but it also bottlenecks the graphical options on certain games, that's for sure! If I buy a second HDD, can I instal Win7 64-bit on the second HDD, and use that as the primary HDD, using the one I have now as a secondary one? I really hope so! I've heard something about a dual boot, where, when the computer is loading, you can pick which HDD you want to load from, which would be nice, but if there's a permanent way to do it, that'd be even better!

Cheers!



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#2 killerx525

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:17 PM

I've got a very similar setup likes but with a Gigabyte motherboard and 2 6950. The 1090T shouldn't bottleneck the latest graphics card and it still has some grunt into it for gaming purposes. I suggest spending a bit of £400 on a new hard drive and graphics card. The 4th gen Intel Haswell CPUs are going to be announced some time this year and i would wait at least till next year to purchase it because by then, there would be various of motherboards to choose from.


Edited by killerx525, 17 April 2013 - 05:26 PM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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