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Old 02-01-2013, 09:32 AM   #1
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Question What to replace?

Howdy, I got a 200eur budget(more with time but this is for now) to upgrade my old pc, so what to upgrade to get to most performance for gaming?

Graphic: HD 4770
Processor: athlon 64 x2 5200 2.7ghz
mobo: asrock n68c-gs fx

So for that money I can get a hd 5870 and a Phenom II X4 965 or discard one and take a GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 990X ?

So gpu,cpu or mobo and cpu/gpu?
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:37 PM   #2
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CPU and video card upgrade would be the best way. However. It seems the Phenom II X4 965 (and some other CPU's I had in mind) are not compatible with the ASRock N68C-GS FX motherboard(?)

Therefore, upgrade to the Gigabyte GA-990AX-UD3 motherboard and get a better CPU (Phenom II or FX-4300) in the meantime.

Upgrade the video card later when it can be afforded.

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Ah ty for pointing that out, misread the cpu support list. Then im going with a fx-6300 or 6100, gona have to get extra 30 euros which should not be a problem.

Well thanks for your feedback , cpu gpu here I come!

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Your system is too old; you probably will have to sell the computer and buy a new one. You will have to replace the motherboard to upgrade the CPU, probably replace the RAM to match the new motherboard (DDR2 vs. DDR3), and probably replace the power supply when replacing the video card.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:17 AM   #5
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Yes, everything is outdated. I intend to switch every component, but I have limited funds that I set aside for this so I cant buy it in one shot, so piece by piece I intend to upgrade. The mobo is somewhat new, and supports the fx-6300 and can also run an equally good graphic card (HD5870 is what I intend to).

As for the power supply, I intend to buy a 600w power supply. But its about the 30 euros. Which is cheep, I did do some research but im still somewhat confused. Will it still work well as a 600w power supply despite not having the bronze sticker 80% or what is it? The power supply is: LC LC600H-12

When I get the funds for the other parts, will this power supply still be ok?
End build: fx-8350, HD7870, GA-990XA-UD3 990X (after selling the fx-6300 and hd5870)

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A 600W PSU is more than enough capacity for your proposed (final) system.

The "80" series qualification refers to the efficiency of the PSU (from 80 plus, up to 80 plus platinum). Although it is preferable to have high efficiency PSU to minimize power loss, it is not critical.

More important is the PSU should supply stable and reliable power under all loads. This usually means having to spend a bit more money on a PSU that is capable of providing good clean and stable power.

Cheap(er) PSU's are usually less stable and less reliable, and may risk damaging motherboard and other components due to PSU power fluctuations and PSU (component) failure.

There appears to be little information on the LC600H-12 PSU, so it's performance (stability and reliability) is unknown. But, it appears to be a general purpose unit which may not be suitable for more intensive tasks including gaming.

It is suggested that another PSU of known performance be considered instead.

As you're in Europe (presumably), and depending on where you are, availability and pricing of PSU's is not entirely certain. However. A few suggested PSU's are: Seasonic M12II-520, Seasonic S12II-520, XFX Core Edition Pro 550.

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Forget that LC 600W PSU. It's probably really only a junk 300W with a 600W sticker. Get yourself a Seasonic G-550, or one of the ones suggested in the above post
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I decided to go with XFX Core edition pro 550, more my price range. And if I recall correctly XFX have really good reputation with guarantees, also when buying graphic cards im leaning towards them.

Thank you all for the help

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Yes, XFX power supplies are excellent. This LC is one of the worst pieces of junk around.
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