My budget for this upgrade is around $300-$400. I want to get better performance out of my system, although it runs great right now, I want a little more. What are the best upgrades I can make to this system?
GPU maybe... PSU for sure.
And i gave some software...
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Is the PSU really that bad? Also, I have Office, is there something I could get instead of that?
You could get no software and spend the saved money on a ton of bacon instead.
As good as that sounds, I would like to use the money on the PC.
oh, Then an Antivirus...?
The Corsair CX is only good for Basic PC's
thats them, not me. i havent experienced it.
Which is why I commented that. It's referencing what you said in a way.
I don't need any software, looking for hardware upgrades
i gave you some.
I know and I appreciate that, but are there other hardware upgrades I can do with the $100 I save from not buying Office?
People are having issues with that GPU like the card not turning off in shutdown, heat, and loud noise. Get the XFX 390 for $10 more.
I am not experiencing those issues. My Reference 380 is going average.
But the card you included isn't a reference one, so you probably won't have the issues people are with that specific card.
I added first a CPU cooler so you can push an overclock on your CPU to try and get a little extra performance out of it. Next I doubled your RAM so you have plenty to play with. I then added an SSD, since that is the easiest way to speed up a slow system. Finally I added a new GPU, an r9 380, It is a really good card for the money and will give you much more performance than your current GPU.
Great thank you, those upgrades look great. Now, if I was to look at a new CPU, what one would you recommend? It can be Intel or AMD.
I have built systems with both before, if you are stuck in a budget I say look amd, unless you have a larger budget, to go intel with at least a 4 core it will cost you $400 ish, and really for the gain I do not think its worth it. I would say do the graphics this upgrade and get some supporting upgrades like a SSD. I would wait for another series of intel to come out when ddr4 is cheaper, in a year or so. If you want to switch to intel you can but that would most likely spend your whole budget. At this point your CPU is not going to limit your graphics so I would'ent bother.
Thank you for the info, I will definitely focus on the GPU and such then.