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#1 Githarnian

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 03:06 PM

So I've been upgrading my rig a piece at a time. Most recent upgrade was the mother board. (Last one was MSI 760GM-P23(FX)... Apparently it didn't match with the FX 6100 that well)

Other than a better cooling system (probably fans), what is everyone's opinion on the best possible next upgrade?) Memory, cpu? Or should I change/add a video card? Budget is very low, likely 200 on the VERY outside.

Here are my specs, copied from Speccy.

Summary
Operating System
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

CPU
AMD FX-6100 31 °C
Zambezi 32nm Technology

RAM
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (11-11-11-28)

Motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. M5A99FX PRO R2.0 (Socket 942) 34 °C

Graphics
SMB2030 (1600x900@60Hz)
2048MB ATI AMD Radeon R7 200 Series (XFX Pine Group) 38 °C

Storage
931GB Western Digital WDC

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#2 synergy513

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 04:34 PM

shazam, looks like a solid state hard drive is in order.

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/internal-hard-drive/#sort=a10&t=0&qq=1&m=21,32

 

also, is that r7 card a 260x or 265?


Edited by synergy513, 02 June 2014 - 04:36 PM.

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#3 Githarnian

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 05:05 PM

...knew I forgot something from that Speccy pull... It's ....an r7 240. It was an impulse replacement for a 5750... Still not certain if I did the right thing with that one. (Couldn't order anything online at the time.)

But thanks for the recommendation on the SSD. :) I'll definitely look into it.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 05:35 PM

the r7 265 cards are the latest and greatest in that budget group. i think it would compliment your fx cpu quite well

 

the r7 240 is an all-purpose type. it has a broad spectrum of capabilities and is quite reasonable in the budget group it is in.

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#sort=a8&c=168


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 05:58 PM

The biggest performance increase with your PC will come from overclocking the CPU and getting a better GPU. R9 270X or 7870 or GTX 760.



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Posted 04 June 2014 - 08:14 AM

I would say either get an SSD or a better GPU.  The R9 280X or a GTX 770 or better would be a good upgrade if you are gaming.  However, your budget prevents that.  For around $200, the suggestions in a previous post are quite good, the R9 270X, 7870, or GTX 760 would be great.  Don't mess around with Crossfire/SLI if possible, these two technologies can be a bit tricky with drivers and support in games.

 

For SSD's you can move your OS and a few of your most frequently used applications to it for a speed increase.  I would go for either the Intel 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A4K5 2.5" 240GB or the SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250KW 2.5" 250GB.


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 03:19 PM

I would say either get an SSD or a better GPU.  The R9 280X or a GTX 770 or better would be a good upgrade if you are gaming.  However, your budget prevents that.  For around $200, the suggestions in a previous post are quite good, the R9 270X, 7870, or GTX 760 would be great.  Don't mess around with Crossfire/SLI if possible, these two technologies can be a bit tricky with drivers and support in games.

 

For SSD's you can move your OS and a few of your most frequently used applications to it for a speed increase.  I would go for either the Intel 530 Series SSDSC2BW240A4K5 2.5" 240GB or the SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250KW 2.5" 250GB.

 

I agree those are great SSDs. If you're suggesting one 2-bit NAND SSD you might as well suggest another, instead of the 3-bit EVO. 840PRO has superior stats and should last longer thanks to the 2-bit NAND.






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