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old pc crapped out, so decided to buy some parts and use some old stuff. first time building my own, not sure where to go or what to upgrade first from this point. any advice appreciated.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

What you have is fairly well balanced. i3/H77/7850 should all play nice together.

I think for an upgrade path I would go:

First:

  • CPU/Mobo - Core i5 k series with a z77 (or z87 if haswell), or FX-83XX with a 990x or 990fx
  • Ram - Could add 2 more matching sticks of 2 or replace with 2 sticks of 4 to get to at least 8. Most people do not need 16, but if you feel you do, go 2 sticks of 8.

Then I would either add an ssd or upgrade video:

  • SSD - these are fun but may not benefit performance if you run programs from your mechanical drive.
  • Video - the Radeon 7870xt is a really good budget choice, Radeon 7950/70 or Geforce 670/770 for a higher end card. That is assuming that you need one. The 7850 is adequate for single monitor gaming, but may not have the fastest framerates. If it performs well, just stick to it until it doesn't anymore.

Hope this helps and good luck!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

you can get a better hard drive for the price and the ram also. everything else is cool for the price

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

hard drive and ram are left overs, as is dvd burner and OS.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

most of the prices on here are a little off too, ended up getting the cpu fan for 2.49 after all my rebates.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I would invest in some cableties to help airflow. Where to go next depends on what you plan to use it for. For gaming a nice aircooler and the gen 3 i5 would be a nice start.for any use, an SSD boot drive, samsung and intel are generally in favour right now, would allow you some added performance.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

I would have gone with a piledriver quadcore over the i3, unless that was one fo the parts that you reused.

  • 81 months ago
  • -1 points

only if buyer will overclock it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

Not really, the 4300 or 4350 now, beats the i3 in gaming.

  • 81 months ago
  • -1 points

Definitely not true. Here the i3-3240 beats the fx-4300 in every game: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/fx-8350-8320-6300-4300_6.html#sect0

Another one where i3 beats out fx-4300. http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/57615-amd-vishera-fx-6300-fx-4300-review-12.html

fx-4300 is designed for overclocking.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

FX-4300 vs i3-3220 (the i3 OP is using): http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/700?vs=677

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

that link doesn't compare the CPUs in games.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

The 4300 is a better CPU for gaming than a phenom ii. The 7850 would work just fine with a piledriver.

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