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Upgrading...where to start?


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#1 doc78

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 11:29 PM

Hey everyone,

 

I have a rig that I put together about 4 years ago. At the time, it was about as good as I could afford, and worked really well for the casual gaming that I enjoy. Since I build it, I have sort of stopped paying attention to where things have progressed in the world of computers. So I am coming to you all for a little guidance.

 

Here is what I am working with.

 

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
CPU
AMD FX-6100 15 °C
Zambezi 32nm Technology
 
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 671MHz (9-9-9-24)
 
Motherboard
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. GA-990FXA-UD3 (Socket M2) 30 °C
 
Graphics
DELL S2230MX (1920x1080@60Hz)
2048MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series (XFX Pine Group) 40 °C
 
Hard Drives
932GB Seagate ST31000528AS ATA Device (SATA) 32 °C
1397GB Western Digital WDC WD15EARS-00MVWB0 ATA Device (SATA) 27 °C
56GB OCZ-AGILITY3 ATA Device (SSD) 30 °C
 
Optical Drives
ATAPI iHAS124 B ATA Device
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
 
Audio
AMD High Definition Audio Device
Operating System
 
So in light of some of the more modern games calling for more capable rigs (WItcher 3, GTA V, etc.), where should I begin? How is the current generation of AMD GPU's (not that I am super loyal to AMD)? Should I focus more on the graphics or the CPU or RAM, etc? I don't want to have to start all over, and I have maybe $300 to spend. Not sure how far that will really get me, but there it is.
 
Also, seeing as there is 4 years worth of junk on the system, I was planning on doing a format and starting fresh anyways, so don't let that affect your recommendations.
 
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.


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Posted 15 April 2015 - 06:31 AM

I'm using an FX-8150 and it works well for most modern games.  Your FX-6100 should be sufficient for a little while longer, or, you can update it to an 8000 series FX processor, like the AMD FX-8370 which is the best you can get for your motherboard right now.  This CPU is a bit of an upgrade, but I think you would be better off with a newer, more high-end GPU like the EVGA 04G-P4-2972-KR GeForce GTX 970 4GB or the GIGABYTE GV-N980WF3OC-4GD GeForce GTX 980 4GB.  If cost is an issue, the XFX R9-280X-TDFD Radeon R9 280X 3GB is a good card.  Of the cards, the GTX 980 would offer the highest performance increase, with the R9 280X offering the least.  Given your $300 budget, I'd suggest the GTX 970.  It is a little more expensive than that, but will do well.


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Posted 15 April 2015 - 04:28 PM

Thank a ton. That's exactly what I was looking for. Do the Nvidia cards tend to perform better than their AMD counterparts?



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Posted 15 April 2015 - 04:30 PM

One other thing.

 

I'm fairly certain that my motherboard has PCI 2.0 slots. Will the newer cards work with this?



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Posted 15 April 2015 - 07:32 PM

Thank a ton. That's exactly what I was looking for. Do the Nvidia cards tend to perform better than their AMD counterparts?

Well if you position the cards based on their price brackets, the answer would be yes, but only by a whisker. In this case, the GTX970 price bracket is the same as the R9 290X and the AMD at certain resolutions would beat the 970 by a few FPS. 

 

One other thing.

 

I'm fairly certain that my motherboard has PCI 2.0 slots. Will the newer cards work with this?

PCI-E slots are backwards compatible, meaning you can use newer cards which are PCI-E 3.0 in a older 2.0 slot. 


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Posted 16 April 2015 - 04:56 AM

The higher-end Nvidia cards tend to operate more quietly and with less power than their AMD counterparts.  the GTX 970 is about 5% or so faster than the R9 290X, so the difference is negligible. 


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Posted 16 April 2015 - 12:34 PM

Beautiful. Looks like a GTX970 is in my future. Thanks guys.






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