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Budget Gaming Upgrade on a Budget.

Humpday

37 months ago

This was my first budget build. I'm wanting to do a budget upgrade since I can't afford a shiny new rig. I just need to know if this is the path I should be going since I went with AMD. I don't expect to max newer games out on ultra, I just want to be able to play at decent settings. Is it worth it, or should I just start saving for an intel build that will be more future proof?

Here is my current setup:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $100.98 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $17.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $108.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $53.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card -
Case Corsair SPEC-03 White ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $476.30
Mail-in rebates -$25.00
Total $451.30
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-05 12:07 EDT-0400

And here is the budget upgrade:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $149.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H75 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $74.99 @ B&H
Motherboard Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $108.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory $76.80 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB GAMING X Video Card $264.99 @ B&H
Case Corsair SPEC-03 White ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $865.23
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $845.23
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-05 12:11 EDT-0400

Thoughts?

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking just upgrade your GPU to the RX480 and save the rest for building an Intel based rig or waiting to see if AMD Zen is anything worth buying.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, thanks for the reply. I've been thinking I may have to bite the bullet and start looking into an intel build, I just haven't figured out how to sell it to my fiancé yet. In the meantime, will I notice a difference with just the GPU upgrade? Also, I'll do some research on the Zen (never heard of it) thanks again.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Zen is upcoming from AMD. We know nothing about it yet.

Rx480 is much faster http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-RX-480-vs-AMD-R9-280/3634vs2241

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