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Upgrading hardware (advice needed)


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#1 Josh5

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 09:20 PM

My current computers specs:

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/Kn1CQMUzI2YUICWYJP3507d
Psu: tx650w
Case: antec 902

I'm looking to upgrade and I don't have a particular budget but I am trying to only spend within reason - I was looking to hear some opinions as to what hardware I should be looking to get, this PC is built 90% for gaming and I would like to be able to play even fairly demanding games like battlefield on at least medium settings.

I have questions like for example if I were to get a graphics card like this

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/AMD+Radeon/Radeon+R9+270/Sapphire+Radeon+R9+270X+Dual-X+Boost+OC+AMD+Graphics+Card+2GB+Graphics+Card+?productId=61540

1. Would it be compatible with my mobo

2. Would it be good enough/too good for what I'm looking for

3. What other parts would I need to upgrade to keep pace with this, mainly referring to my CPU of course but also would my mobo be considered a good platform to upgrade onto.

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 05:59 AM

The R9 270 should work with that motherboard given that it has a PCI-Express X16 slot.  Your case and power supply should also be good enough to handle the card.  Your motherboard and CPU are getting a little old, but they shouldn't cause any issues with this graphics card.  For a future project, I would consider changing the CPU and motherboard to a newer design, such as an FX CPU on an AMD 900 series motherboard, or, if you wanted to go Intel, a low-level i7, or high-end i5, on a Z97 motherboard.

 

Your current motherboard is designed for the older AM3 Phenom II CPU's, not the newer FX AM3+ CPU's, so your options using that motherboard are quite limited.  If you get a new motherboard, you will also need to get a new copy of Windows unless you are using a full, boxed, retail copy to comply with the OS licensing.


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#3 Josh5

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 06:56 AM

Okay well that sounds quite positive then. In regards to upgrading then, I guess my graphics card is probably too weak to deal with a lot of the newer and bigger games so I'll look to upgrade that probably to the one linked, however with the CPU and mobo is there age likely to effect my gaming performance much or bottleneck the gpus performance? If their good enough for me to get away with only upgrading the gpu then obviously that would be great.

But if not then my mobo would not be able to support something like this is that right?

https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Processors/AMD+CPUs/FX+%28Piledriver%29+-+Socket+AM3%2B/AMD+%28Piledriver%29+FX-6300+3.50GHz+%284.10GHz+Turbo%29+Socket+AM3%2B+6-Core+Processor+-+Retail+?productId=52724

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:14 AM

The current CPU should not affect the GPUs performance, meaning you could upgrade to the 280X if the budget permits but in some games that are CPU bound like Starcraft II, the CPU will struggle a bit depending on the settings that is chosen in game. Your motherboard does not support the FX-6300 unfortunately, the only AM3+ CPU it does support is the FX-4130 which isn't a great CPU for gaming purposes and will bottleneck the graphics card.  


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#5 Josh5

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:45 PM

Okay that's very helpful then, glad to know my CPU isn't too awful as well. I'll just upgrade the graphics card to the one linked and see how things goes, is the 280xx is one better than the one I linked then?

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 03:12 PM

Yes it's the next step up in AMD's range from the 270X.  Comparison here - http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-280X-vs-Radeon-R9-270X

 

They are both a good deal more powerful than a HD 5770.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 06:16 AM

Okay well thanks for the advice, I went with the 270x in the end I decided I don't really need the improved performance beyond that and I'm trying to not spend too much anyway but I think if I got the 280 I would have to look at upgrading the rest as well but yeah I'll see how I get on with this, parts will be coming tomorrow so :)

Thanks everyone for the help

Edited by Josh5, 12 August 2014 - 06:17 AM.





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