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The ol' upgrade help

cichy1012cichy1012 riverside, CAPosts: 278Member

Motherboard, CPU, and Memory 3 or so years old.

Looking to upgrade is this a significant upgrade?

Current PC

ThermalTake smartM series 850 watt PSU

GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD Radeon HD 7950 3GB 


Gskill 8gig  ddr2 1066 (8500) memory

AMD phenom II X4 945 deneb 3.0 Processor

Asus M4N82 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 Nvidia  980 sli Motherboard.

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Windows 7 64 bit


Want to order the following

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 


AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor 


  • r3volt21r3volt21 LauncestonPosts: 85Member Uncommon


    I would say the ram/mb cpu would possibly be worth upgrading as your existing ones are a little dated and may cause a bottleneck for that vid card in high cpu demanding games.

    as to the parts you have selected I will leave that up to some of the more experienced builders on these forums I prefer intel over amd currently for cpu, I am unsure how well the cpu u have selected  runs on a gaming rig, same with mb.

    The psu u already have seems good enough form a quick search says its a bronze certified psu.

    A case may possibly be worth looking into depending on the one u have (air flow, cable management, fan noise etc)  specially if u were planning to oc.

    I am sure someone with a bit more knowledge will post soon :)


  • CleffyCleffy San Diego, CAPosts: 4,673Member Uncommon

    The 900 series chipset just seems old now. Not to sure if you should go AMD at this point if they don't have a new CPU or chipset. Its been nearly 3 years since it was released, so something tells me it will be phased out soon. Considering you are upgrading to a system that for all intents and purposes is 3 years old it is not a good upgrade.

    I would avoid AMD FX processors right now. If you want AMD wait for the Kaveri chips and new mobos to come out for those. The FX will not receive a refresh until atleast Q2 2015.

    I would look into an Intel in your price range. I know people want to support AMD, but there is no point supporting AMD in an area they abandoned.

  • jdnewelljdnewell Spring Hill, TNPosts: 2,150Member Uncommon

    What you picked out looks good to me overall. I may go for a bit better motherboard myself. Even if it meant dropping down to a quad or 6 core cpu.

    The new AMD Kaveri chips are APUs . Quizzical may can answer if there is a reason to go with the new APU instead of the Vishera CPU you picked out. For me I would grab that 6 or 8 core Vishera FX CPU.

    Hopefully you are not using the stock cooler? If so drop $30 or so and buy a decent air cooler to go on that CPU.

    Otherwise I think you are good to go.

  • TrionicusTrionicus Fort Lauderdale, FLPosts: 489Member Uncommon

    I just built a system with the FX-8350 not that long ago. All I can say is that I didn't notice a huge performance difference between that and my 2500K or 3570K systems, not in gaming anyway. Seems to me that the real issue would be price or if you use apps that take advantage of more than 4 cores, video editing etc... If budget isn't an issue I'd just go intel, and go big (i7 4770K or 4930K).

    On my 3570K machine I'm using the AMD 7950 and I haven't run into anything I couldn't max, then again, I don't game over 1080p on that machine. Hope that's helpful.

  • syntax42syntax42 Columbus, OHPosts: 1,325Member Uncommon

    Don't bother with that "upgrade".  The single-threaded performance of the FX CPUs is barely better than the processor you have.  There aren't enough games to take advantage of 8-core CPUs yet, in my opinion.

    If you really want a processor upgrade, get an unlocked Intel CPU and overclock.  Ivy Bridge and Haswell are roughly the same when overclocking.  Haswell uses a newer socket and may see a new line of CPUs with real performance gains over Ivy Bridge, but there is no guarantee of that.



  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,995Member Uncommon
    A lot depends on your budget.  If you're willing to pay enough, then a Core i5-4670K together with a Z87 motherboard makes sense.  If that's out of your budget, then wait a day and see what Kaveri offers.  It's launching tomorrow.
  • cichy1012cichy1012 riverside, CAPosts: 278Member


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