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Partial gaming system upgrade

I have been having some issues with my gaming rig, so I'm taking the opportunity to upgrade. I play Arma 3, GTA 5, Battlefield 4, ect. on this rig.

Budget: $1,000 (very flexible)

Long story short I thought I'd try my hand at overclocking. I found I have no business meddling inside my rig because now, after everything was put back to settings before I messed with Bios and it ran good I am getting random blue screens and freezes. Not very often, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with me messing with it. This system is a couple years old so I'm ready to put a little more money into upgrading. I don't plan on doing anymore overclocking (unless absolutely necessary and I have a mobo that makes doing it easy) and would rather throw money at performance than deal with tweaking things I don't fully understand.

I'm currently getting about 30 fps with this rig on these games on high settings. I'd like closer to 60 with same settings.

Listed below is my system as is currently.

Current Parts

CPU: AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

Ram: 2 x CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (16G)

Video Card: XFX Double D FX797GTDFC Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Hard Drives:
Main OS: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
Games:Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s SSD x 2 in Raid 0
Non-essential Files:Western Digital WD Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

Power Supply:CORSAIR HX Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified

Monitors: 2 x Acer S230HLAbii Black 23" 5ms

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I have this ram sitting here ready to use.
G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400

What all would I need to do to get somewhere closer to 60 fps with these games? I don't mind spending money on a new copy of windows if my motherboard is junk. Obviously I'm looking to reuse as much of this system as I can, but am willing to spend the money on upgrades if it's necessary.
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  1. Without a total revamp, the thing which will increase your FPS the most is the GPU of course.

    Your CPU is still good and will have no trouble powering any of the current models.

    In 4 days time, Nvidia is launching the 980 Ti and shortly after this Radeon is launching the 390x. These will be interesting and will give you a very measurable and noticeable boost in FPS.

    So I think this is the are to focus on. It will take a high end card to give you a massive and worthwhile boost over your current GPU.

    I was also going to suggest quicker ram, though this isn't critical and won't give you a massive boost or anything. As you have it already, deploy it for sure xD !

    You could also consider a better cooler than the single fan h80 for lower temps and noise and overall better cooling performance. Again this is optional and will only give certain improvements. Could go some way to stabilizing your system if you overvolt slightly and correctly.
  2. This upgrade will certainly supercharge your PC.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($162.98 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB FTW+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($373.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $949.93
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-28 08:33 EDT-0400
  3. I think it's a bad time to buy GPU's. With new ones DAYS away.

    It's also a bad time to buy a new processor, when Skylake hits this September...

    His PC is totally fine and will give him excellent FPS if he upgrades his GPU to one of the new units coming out, or a lower price 980 GTX.

    I wouldn't recommend upgrading your board etc at this point.
  4. Joseph DeGarmo said:
    This upgrade will certainly supercharge your PC.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($162.98 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB FTW+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($373.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $949.93
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-28 08:33 EDT-0400


    Is moving from my current CPU to an I7 really needed? Seems wasteful to move to a different CPU that's set at the same speed as what I've already got. What benifits would the Intel chip give me that AMD isn't?
  5. Best answer
    There is no question that the i7 is a vastly better chip and gives you much more computing power. Good for crunching numbers and doing heavy cpu-based work.

    For gaming...there is limited gain, unless you play Football Manager or cpu intense titles (and I mean really intense, not like GTA or Witcher).

    It is wasted money in the sense that the noticeable step up will be small to none in some cases. The biggest factor is STILL the GPU, clearly.

    Like I say, it is not the ideal time to upgrade the CPU at the moment for what you are after. you should spend what you can on GPU power, consider even 2x 970 or 980 IF THE 980 TI IS BAD for some reason or the radeon fails.
  6. DasHotShot said:
    There is no question that the i7 is a vastly better chip and gives you much more computing power. Good for crunching numbers and doing heavy cpu-based work.

    For gaming...there is limited gain, unless you play Football Manager or cpu intense titles (and I mean really intense, not like GTA or Witcher).

    It is wasted money in the sense that the noticeable step up will be small to none in some cases. The biggest factor is STILL the GPU, clearly.

    Like I say, it is not the ideal time to upgrade the CPU at the moment for what you are after. you should spend what you can on GPU power, consider even 2x 970 or 980 IF THE 980 TI IS BAD for some reason or the radeon fails.


    I'm pretty sure my motherboard isn't capable of running 2 GPU's. I may have read it wrong, but I thought I looked into it a long time ago and it wasn't an option. Is that an issue with these new GPU's you've recommended? The motherboard has 2 PCI Express 2.0, but 1 is at x16 and the other is at x4. Not really sure what that means, but I read one thing it means is no crossfire or anything. Off the top of your head do you know if the new cards will need something better than this PCI Express 2.0?
  7. Well, I do think SLI is only an option if a single card doesn't do the job...which I doubt.

    In terms of PCIe 2 and various lanes being available, in short, it has to do with how much the GPU's can communicate at one time with your other components. I won't go into a long explanation as you can google it easily.

    The main point is your mobo will take one good GPU for now which you can reuse once you build a new platform on intel when the time ir right.
  8. DasHotShot said:
    Well, I do think SLI is only an option if a single card doesn't do the job...which I doubt.

    In terms of PCIe 2 and various lanes being available, in short, it has to do with how much the GPU's can communicate at one time with your other components. I won't go into a long explanation as you can google it easily.

    The main point is your mobo will take one good GPU for now which you can reuse once you build a new platform on intel when the time ir right.


    Thanks for you're honest replies. I'm going to look at these up and coming GPU's when they release and chose one of those.
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