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User Info: BambooPandamo

BambooPandamo
3 years ago#11
Why do you have DDR2 RAM?

Buy a high end graphics card from the second hand market, the GTX 650 isn't good. It's a weird card that isn't worthy of that title. Look at it TC, look at how tiny that card is.
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User Info: Shub

Shub
3 years ago#12
I would shoot for a GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost or a Radeon R7 260X. Avoid the plain GTX 650.
A Radeon HD 6670 wouldn't be much of an upgrade for you.
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User Info: godplaysSNES

godplaysSNES
3 years ago#13
Your motherboard supports the Phenom II X6 CPUs. The Phenom II X4/X6 shows their age, but it would be a worthwhile upgrade if you find one for cheap

The Phenom 1 CPUs were meh already at their release.

For the GPU, you definitely want at least a HD 7770 for a noticeable improvement over the HD 4870

DDR2 vs DDR3 doesn't matter much for gaming performance, you just need to have "enough" RAM
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User Info: OldAngryGamer

OldAngryGamer
3 years ago#14
Okay, so how are these for graphics card options?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121642&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125480&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

I realize that there's only a $10 price difference between the Radeon HD 7770 and the R7 260X. But out of these two is there a noticeable performance difference or are they just about the same?

User Info: godplaysSNES

godplaysSNES
3 years ago#15
The R7 260x is better than the HD 7770. It also supports Trueaudio, which some upcoming games will have support for
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-280x-r9-270x-r7-260x,3635-11.html
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User Info: OldAngryGamer

OldAngryGamer
3 years ago#16
Alright, so I'm most likely going to end up getting a R7 260x card. My question is how should I determine which brand to go with? From the following link I've got multiple options: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#c=149&sort=a7

But how can I tell which one it would be best to go with?

User Info: Kavenry

Kavenry
3 years ago#17
Slayn posted...
Why the **** would he get an SSD? Is it going to give him gaming performance? No.


SSD are a great boost to an old computers performance. Maybe not for games that need raw horsepower, but anything that loads a lot of data from the hard drive (Skyrim comes to mind) would definitely benefit.

Not to mention the daily benefit of <10 second boot times etc.
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User Info: OldAngryGamer

OldAngryGamer
3 years ago#18
Aside from the graphics card and adding 4 more GB of ram, would upgrading my cpu to an AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition help make a noticeable difference? Is the difference in CPU performance not really worth it?

User Info: redrum187

redrum187
3 years ago#19
OldAngryGamer posted...
would upgrading my cpu to an AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition help make a noticeable difference? Is the difference in CPU performance not really worth it?


don't bother with another Phenom I get a Phenom II instead.
i still haven't found what i'm looking for...

User Info: OldAngryGamer

OldAngryGamer
3 years ago#20
redrum187 posted...
OldAngryGamer posted...
would upgrading my cpu to an AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition help make a noticeable difference? Is the difference in CPU performance not really worth it?


don't bother with another Phenom I get a Phenom II instead.


Will there be a noticeable difference if I upgrade to a Phenom II? Or would I not really see a difference unless I were to upgrade to something like the FX series?
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