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Thinking of upgrading my computer


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#1 Elil-Hrair-Rah

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 03:41 PM

Hi

My computer turns 5 this year, so I am thinking of upgrading him for his birthday. I am a bit out of the loop now with computer parts and I am not sure what the best approach would be - getting a new graphics card or getting a new processor (but then I have an AM3 socket so would it be best to get a new mobo as well...) or getting a new thingamabob or a new everything.

 

The summary of his innards is:

Motherboard: Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7

Processor: AMD Phenom II Black Edition X4 955

Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5870

RAM: 12GB DDR3

Storage: 80GB Intel SSD, 240GB Kinston SSD, 1TB Western Digital hard disk

 

I also have a Speccy snapshot:

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/dpINxVZ43RhPw2vRgvpp50t

 

Any help would be very much appreciated.

 



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Posted 09 March 2015 - 08:47 AM

Your computer can support a few different CPU's which are higher than your current one, mostly the Phenom II X6's.  I wouldn't try the FX CPU's, those are listed as N/A by Gigabyte.  You could upgrade the GPU, what are you using this PC for and what is your budget?


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#3 Elil-Hrair-Rah

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 09:29 AM

Hi DJBPace07, thank you for the reply   :)

 

I mainly use it for gaming now. My budget is up to about £300 at a push. 



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Posted 10 March 2015 - 07:05 AM

Depending on the wattage of your power supply, you could also upgrade your GPU.  Your budget allows for a GTX 970, such as the KFA2 GeForce GTX 970 OC Silent.  If you can find a Phenom II X6, that would be good with a slightly lesser GPU.  You're reaching the upper limit of what your motherboard can handle in regards to the CPU.  Your next upgrade should be a platform update to either an AM3+ or one of the Intel LGA platforms.  This would be a more expensive upgrade since you would need a new CPU, motherboard, and operating system license.


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#5 Elil-Hrair-Rah

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 07:34 AM

Hi again DJBPace07.

 

That graphics card looks awfully shiny. I have a 660W Seasonic PSU so it should hopefully be able to handle it.

 

I think you are right that for now I should focus on the GPU and save up for a platform update. I have been able to find some X6's but they are used (which I am a bit wary of) or ridiculously expensive. 

 

My brother has already claimed my current graphics card for himself...

 

Thank you very much for your help and advice  :)



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Posted 11 March 2015 - 06:38 AM

That PSU should work nicely as it requires a 500W power supply. 


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Posted 13 March 2015 - 04:26 AM

Awesome, thank you very much for the help  :)






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