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Athlon II x4 640, 8 gigs of RAM, GTX 460. Want to upgrade. What to do?

#1themerchant8Posted 10/13/2013 4:31:31 PM(edited)
I also have a 240gig OCZ Agility 3 SSD, but my motherboard is SATA 2.0.
For a two GPU setup I'd need a bigger motherboard, and a bigger case.


I expect to spend a ton of time playing Civ 5, Guildwars 2, BF4, GTA 5 when it gets ported. I like to game at 1080P and AA isn't too important for me.

I'm looking to spend around $200 in upgrades, but I can push the limit it to under 300 if the performance jump is significant. What's the best bang-4-buck upgrade I can do?

Also: BF4 Beta is a Beta and all, but runs like dog **** for me atm. Medium at ~17-25FPS average is no bueno.
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#2__Stewa__Posted 10/13/2013 4:30:37 PM
You're gonna need to spend way more then 300 if you expect to play Battlefield...
#3Snuckie7Posted 10/13/2013 4:31:02 PM
Upgrade to an Intel quad core and motherboard and call it a day. You're probably going to need the full $300 for that.
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#4godplaysSNESPosted 10/13/2013 4:43:46 PM
The CPU will bottleneck a much better GPU

For BF4 though, you should wait until it gets support for Mantle in December.
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#5SlashmanSGPosted 10/13/2013 4:50:43 PM
Ha, we have the same specs TC, you just have 2 more gigs of RAM.
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#6_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 10/13/2013 5:14:55 PM(edited)
I was in a similar situation. Bought a secondhand GTX 760, a secondhand z68 motherboard that I flashed so it would be compatible with a 3rd generation I5, and bought a secondhand i5 3570.

Sold my old parts. Did not cost me even 200 euros.

150 for the GTX 760, but sold my 560ti for 80 (-60)
50 for the motherboard and 130 for the CPU but sold my old mobo+cpu for 50 (-130)
Total cost was 190 euros.

When big demanding games are released, like BF4, that is usually the best time to go looking for secondhand components.
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#7mikewu1Posted 10/13/2013 5:19:58 PM
_GRIM_FANDANGO_ posted...
I was in a similar situation. Bought a secondhand GTX 760, a secondhand z68 motherboard that I flashed so it would be compatible with a 3rd generation I5, and bought a secondhand i5 3570.

Sold my old parts. Did not cost me even 200 euros.

150 for the GTX 760, but sold my 560ti for 80 (-60)
50 for the motherboard and 130 for the CPU but sold my old mobo+cpu for 50 (-130)
Total cost was 190 euros.

When big demanding games are released, like BF4, that is usually the best time to go looking for secondhand components.


Another thing secondhand = much higher chance of problems and generally no warranty
#8themerchant8(Topic Creator)Posted 10/13/2013 5:25:47 PM
I tend to shy away from used PC parts simply because there's no real method of getting my money back or checking for quality.

If I was to upgrade my CPU and motherboard, what should I pick? An i7 is definitely out of the question due to pricing, but there are still tons of i5s and AMD FX CPUs to pick from.
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#9fuzzymanPosted 10/14/2013 12:10:52 AM
depending on your mobo, I'd find a Thuban (Phenom X6), and grab a decent cooler if you don't already like the CM Evo 212+

That's like $130 for the CPU and cooler

If you have an AM3+ mobo already then get the FX 8320 for more, or the 6300 for about the same, it's just not as good as the Phenom /per core but it clocks higher more easily

I'd leave the RAM alone, 8GB is fine besides higher-end SLi setups, although just two 1GB cards is enough to take 8GB really close to the edge

Sli is not worth it at this point though, the 460 is just too old now to warrant that upgrade unless you find a very good deal on a motherboard, but a 460 is a pretty hot card I still think to buy used after 3 years, and anyone with a card still holding warranty is just trying their best to kill it and can't, because of voltage regulators etc
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