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What are my options for upgrading?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by PrivatePC, Feb 14, 2013.

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  1. PrivatePC

    PrivatePC Thread Starter

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    Here are my current specifications
    Windows 7 basic
    Asus A99x mobo
    8gb of patriot Ram
    AMD Phenom ii x4 960t @ 3.0 Ghz - 3.2 overclocked
    Crossfired Sapphire HD Radeon 6850 graphics cards
    ModxStreamPro PSU @ 700watts

    The only upgrading I have done since I built the machine was the extra Graphics Card, but I'm going to be switching to Nvidia once I get the money.

    I want to start playing newer games at higher graphics with better frames per second, I am talking games like Arma 2 (Dayz) Crysis 3, Battlefield 3 ect.. I feel like my processor isn't beefy enogh and since my Motherboard doesn't support Intel I have to stick with AMD. What are my processor options with my motherboard? I can't go too far over two hundred dollars.
     
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  3. dai

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    ModxStreamPro PSU @ 700watts=junk

    would expect to see a min quality 80+750w psu in it ,preferably a 850w

    quality psu's come with a 5-7yr warranty

    seasonic
    xfx
    corsair hx,tx,ax,axi models only
     
  4. PrivatePC

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    Yes, I meant the M5A99x. I don't know why I left out the "m5".

    I went through that link you posted and my options look pretty good as far as price.. but as far as quality what do you think? I think the six cores would be good for the type of gaming I want.
    And do I need to invest in a new psu, Dai?
     
  5. Simba7

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    YES
     
  6. crjdriver

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    Your board will support a fx8350 as long as you update the bios. This is what I would go with [in fact the system I am using now is running a fx8350 overclocked to 4.5gig] It will be quite an improvement over what you currently have installed.

    Next get a quality corsair [not builder series] seasonic, pcpower&cooling or FSP pw supply to go along with your new cpu.

    Make sure you do the bios update before installing the new cpu. Once it reboots with the new bios, shutdown and swap cpus. Clear cmos or as asus calls it RTC. Pw ON and enter the bios. Make any custom settings you need ie sata mode, boot order, hard disk priority, etc. Save settings and restart.

    Now have fun upping the clock speed to see how fast it will go :)
     
  7. PrivatePC

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    Oh! So my motherboard does support eight cores! I thought differently. It's not too pricy either.

    Only thing is the thought of me updating my bios gives me nightmeres. I'm afriad of losing my motherboard, or even my computer. I did ready that it's easier for my type of motherboard, but still. :eek:
     
  8. Simba7

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    It's not as scary as it sounds. Just follow the directions and make sure it has a solid power connection.
     
  9. crjdriver

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    With an asus board, use ez-flash NOT the windows based bios updating tool. Read your manual as to how to use ezflash; it is not difficult however be sure you fully understand the flashing procedure.
     
  10. PrivatePC

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    Okay, I will look into it more when I get the processor. thanks. If I have any questions I'll post here.
     
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    Ha.. http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4989
    Blew the secondary switching transistors in a test? Wow. I would've loved to see the scope shot before it blew.
     
  13. Amd_Man

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    That why I use and only recommend SeaSonic built units as they deliver above their rated outputs. I have a pile of dead video cards and motherboards due to people using low quality power supplies because they think they deliver their advertised wattage output when in fact, they don't.
     
  14. PrivatePC

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    I can lose my gpu and mobo due to that psu? I'v only had it for about a year..
     
  15. dai

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    if a psu decides to go,if you are lucky you just lose the psu

    if you are unlucky you could lose everything or be somewhere in between

    quality units you usually just lose the psu

    i had a silverstone go ,while in sleep mode i just lost the psu in my computer but

    it damaged the sat tv box and i thought the tv had exploded

    it took out the front wireless doorbell

    it took out everything in my daughters computer which was turned off

    it took out the ups backup power
     
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