Is my computer worth upgrading? Or would I be better off purchasing new core components?

I have recently been doing some thinking about yet another computer build. I am pretty happy with my current build but it seems to be falling behind the par-line when I play some higher end titles, like GTA V for example. I have pre-ordered Star Wars: Battlefront and it would deeply sadden me if my trusty steed will be reduced to a brisk walk instead of an all out run when playing the game (if you catch my drift). I had thoughts of: buying a new motherboard, buying a new CPU and motherboard, or just buying a new everything. What do you guys think?

Specs:
CPU: AMD FX-6300 Stock Clock (coupled with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo)
MOBO: MSI 970A-G46
RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 (4x4)
GFX: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 Dual-X
PSU: Ultra LSP 650w
HDD: WD Blue 1TB
Case: Antec GX-500
(I have a basic DVD burner, a PCIe network adapter and some other bits and bobs, all of which are likely irrelevant)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
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  1. I'd get a new PSU, cpu and motherboard.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($163.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.89 @ OutletPC)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $253.87
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-01 14:34 EST-0500
  2. It's not terrible. You could overclock your CPU to squeeze as much as you can out of it. It may even give you enough boost to not really need to upgrade and save you some money for a while. Your GPU isn't bad, have you been disappointed with the performance you currently get while gaming or?
  3. no i would save your money and upgrade to ddr4 intel 5 broadwell system and you can keep your GFX, PSU, CASE and HDD.
    network adapter will be on board unless you need wireless then get an AC adapter. you can stick with dvdburner to save money.
    later you would then up grade the GFX when the new ones come around. and you have more money saved up.

    im in the same boot as you i had an intel sytem, fried the CPU, got a FX and Board on the cheap and ill just get a new systen around tax seasion cause it will last me till then and ill be good to go for a while. it would really be only board cpu and ram that youd get and the performence increace is just INSANE compared to the AMD systems
  4. basicly what ever you could upgradeon the system you could alos just over clock and it will still only get you fractions of more performence vs just going with intel and litraly doubling your speed no overclock needed and futer proff it at the same time
  5. bignastyid said:
    I'd get a new PSU, cpu and motherboard.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($163.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.89 @ OutletPC)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $253.87
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-01 14:34 EST-0500

    Ah, the 4460. I am just wondering if it would be a good idea to switch to that. It is pretty barebones for like $220. I could do some more research on it though. I am just worried about having to change it again in the future when it is not fast enough for AAA games and cannot be overclocked.
  6. rowdymoody said:
    It's not terrible. You could overclock your CPU to squeeze as much as you can out of it. It may even give you enough boost to not really need to upgrade and save you some money for a while. Your GPU isn't bad, have you been disappointed with the performance you currently get while gaming or?

    Honestly, it isn't bad right now! I am not too sure whether the poor performance comes from a bottleneck thanks to the CPU or the card just isn't that great. I am thinking if I keep the card and upgrade the motherboard and overclock the chip, I might see a worthwhile performance increase. What do you think?
  7. no, that would put you almost in the same catagory as you are already in, it is out dated.
    if you want to upgrade do it right and think towards the future.
    just giving you and intel system on the cheap is not really a solution either!
  8. koffeeshop77 said:
    no i would save your money and upgrade to ddr4 intel 5 broadwell system and you can keep your GFX, PSU, CASE and HDD.
    network adapter will be on board unless you need wireless then get an AC adapter. you can stick with dvdburner to save money.
    later you would then up grade the GFX when the new ones come around. and you have more money saved up.

    im in the same boot as you i had an intel sytem, fried the CPU, got a FX and Board on the cheap and ill just get a new systen around tax seasion cause it will last me till then and ill be good to go for a while. it would really be only board cpu and ram that youd get and the performence increace is just INSANE compared to the AMD systems

    So you're suggesting that I just upgrade the motherboard and CPU to an Intel platform and I will see a big improvement? I didn't think the Vishera was THAT bad :(
  9. the "FX6300" isn't that bad. it the boards that are bad. they dont support PCI-express 3.0, They have limited USB3 they have out-dated and slow chipsets. they support drr3 to 1866 properly and anything above is hit and miss. you can over clock the 6300 but it will never get near an i5 even with superior cooling and some tripple AAA games are now asking for 8 core or 4 with at least hyper threading. like and i7. im sry it just is what it is and getting the slowest i5-4460 also wont help you much cause it is also getting out dated with 4 cores at 3.2 max , like i said save alittle and like 600 and all is good.
  10. koffeeshop77 said:
    the "FX6300" isn't that bad. it the boards that are bad. they dont support PCI-express 3.0, They have limited USB3 they have out-dated and slow chipsets. they support drr3 to 1866 properly and anything above is hit and miss. you can over clock the 6300 but it will never get near an i5 even with superior cooling and some tripple AAA games are now asking for 8 core or 4 with at least hyper threading. like and i7. im sry it just is what it is and getting the slowest i5-4460 also wont help you much cause it is also getting out dated with 4 cores at 3.2 max , like i said save alittle and like 600 and all is good.

    Yeah I guess I agree. Wish I would have consulted this site before I built this thing haha!
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