PC upgrade suggestions, working with $800

By Blkfx1
Feb 11, 2012
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  1. I've posted here a couple times about my rig and potential upgrades. I recently came into about 800$ of spare cash in which Id like to put into my gaming PC. I'm looking for any suggestions to improve my gaming performance. My specs are listed below.

    Monitor: Acer AT3265 Black 32" 6.5ms HDMI LCD Monitor
    Keyboard:Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse:RAZER Naga Molten Wired Laser 5600 dpi Special Edition Gaming Mouse
    Optical Drive: Lite-On 24 X iHAS424-98 DVD
    MOBO: MSI 880G-E45 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
    Case: HAF 932 Full Tower
    PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3
    CPU Cooler: Coolermaster V8
    GPU: SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit
    Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200

    Ive been playing most games on max or very high detail settings. I wish to increase them for games such as : SWTOR,RIFT and BF3 because my FPS currently isn't ideal.

    Any suggestions will be considered. I really was thinking of getting into a crossfire setup. But.. I will see what you all think would be a good idea.

    Thanks in Advance!
  2. Spruce

    Spruce TechSpot Member Posts: 33

    Maybe it doesn't improve FPS very much but you should grab an SSD drive for OS, programs and games. I think it's recommended for highest of high settings for BF3 to have 2GB of memory on the graphics card, not sure.
  3. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    Going crossfire is a good idea, an ssd wont help your fps much at all.
  4. dikbozo

    dikbozo TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 106

    CF baby!!! He77 Yes!!! You would prolly wanna upgrade PSU too.

    Or

    sell your 6950 and get a 7970 or 2.
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    As long as you're not running some rediculously high resolution you can just CF the 6950. IF you upgrade your video card to something better and then CF you will definately need a new psu.
  6. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 866   +167

    @LinkedKube

    That's what I was thinking. Although, I cannot immediately crossfire now.. due to my lack of another PCIe slot on this MOBO. So I would be due for a new PSU and MOBO if i was to crossfire.

    Right now im trying to decide if I should grab either: new PSU,MOBO and second 6950 Or grab a 7970.. which would still end up around the same price.

    Does anyone know how the 7950 is performing ? Is it more powerful than 2 6950's?
    The resolution I'm running is 32" at 1920x1080p
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    One 7950 isn't more powerful than 2 6950's.

    If you can upgrade your mobo too that's just another added bonus.
  8. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 866   +167

    I thought so.. but wasn't completely sure how they scaled against one another.
    Here are the parts I plan on upgrading to then. What do you guys think?

    MOBO : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131735
    PSU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
    2nd GPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945

    I am not a 100% sure if i am going to get that MOBO. I saw quite a few bad feedback posts. I couldn't find anything else with as many extra features for decent price.
  9. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    I like your choices, good product selection.


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