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To Upgrade or not to upgrade?

Post by amythompson172 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:06 pm

This is my current config.

I was thinking about changing my motherboard to LGA1155 H61 MSI H61M-P23 ... 004RPNM86/
My processor to Intel® Core™ i3-2100 ... 004JEVGMO/
I only have 2 gb ddr2 ram and to get 2 gb more is more expensive than getting 4gb ddr3. but to do that i have to change my motherboard to newer model so as my socket.
My graphic card has 1gb gddr3 rest is on the picture.

My budget is around #230 not beyond that. but if you really suggest i spend more i might go beyond that point. I play a lot of games mostly new ones.
i would be thankful if you helped me out here :)

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Re: To Upgrade or not to upgrade?

Post by Sttm » Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:52 pm

I'd wait a few months and try and save up some more. If you can manage to save $10 a week to it that will be quite the difference.

Intel should be releasing new CPUs within a few months.

Also your graphics card is a very weak spot in your system, so saving up and getting a new GPU as well would be a good idea, or possibly getting AMD's next generation APU which is a CPU and Graphics in one chip. Right now is the tail end of the 2011 model year, with 2012 models rolling out in the next few months.
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Re: To Upgrade or not to upgrade?

Post by Apoptosis » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:18 pm

Why not look at the Intel Pentium G850??

It costs very little ($85 shipped, which is $35 less than the 2100) and the performance is just slightly behind the Intel Core i3-2120 in gaming

You can get the Biostar H61 board for $44.99 shipped after rebate.

You can get some Patriot Viper Xtreme Series Division 2 Edition 1600MHz DDR3 CL8 Memory for $24.99 shipped after rebate.

Processor: $85
Motherboard: $55
Memory: $25
Total: $165

That leaves you with $65 and like Sttm said I'd save up for a better video card. The AMD Radeon HD 6850 is $119 after rebate, so save up for something like that.
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Re: To Upgrade or not to upgrade?

Post by effx » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:34 am

Onto my new build with the i7 3820 and thinking going with the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard....

My last build was over a year ago, heavy into gaming, BF3, OC'n Video and 3D movies.....

i7 940 - 1366
2.93 ghz
6144 MB DDR3


Lemme hear your thoughts..

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