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Old 12-02-2013, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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With Christmas coming I'm trying to figure out what to get to upgrade my desktop. Here's what I have at the moment:

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
AMD Athlon II X3 450 20 C
Rana 45nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz (6-6-6-18)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M3A76-CM (AM2) 34 C
Graphics
W2061 (1600x900@60Hz)
2047MB GeForce GTX 650 Ti (EVGA) 25 C
Hard Drives
466GB Seagate ST3500418AS ATA Device (SATA) 33 C
932GB TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 ATA Device (SATA) 27 C
Optical Drives
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
Audio
NVIDIA High Definition Audio
Case
Coolermaster Elite 310 Case

I mostly play games on it... Finaly Fantasy XIV, Assassin's Creed Black Flag, WoW etc. Should I go with a new motherboard first? Or new/more RAM? Or what do you think? Just trying to decide the best route to go. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Whats ur budget? Also what is ur power supply?
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Power Supply is a Corsair GS700.
My budget is about $150-$250 max per item. My brother's given me $200 already for a new processor, but trying to decide what to get, or if it would be better spent upgrading something else.
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Then I would get new motherboard, processor and ram..... just maybe new video card.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Depends on your budget. How much are you willing to spend right now?

Edit: Sorry needed to refresh. Then I would get a Haswell i5 and an ASRock B85 board.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the quick replies. I've got a Micro Center less than an hour from me and they have some good prices on for Cyber Monday, and I found these. What do you think?

CPU
Micro Center - Computers, Electronics, Computer Parts, Networking, Gaming, Software, and more!

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ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Socket LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard 377895 - Micro Center
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I would always recommend 1150 over 1155 since 1150 is newer and supports better haswell cpus over ivy bridge cpus.

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http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...oxed_Processor

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http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...el_Motherboard

and of course u would need new RAM as well.... any 8 gb ddr3 kit will do
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This right here.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks all for the replies. I ended up getting a new processor, motherboard and ram today. So I'm happy. Just have to wait until Christmas now for my other goodies lol
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