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Trying to upgrade my current computer but need input PLEASE HELP!

Hi all, the purpose for my computer is gaming, gaming and more gaming. lol. I love to game and I love pc games, I want to play at the highest settings and never have to worry about stutter or fps drops or whatever. I would like to upgrade my computer, some components are already nice, others are mid range, I will explain what I have:

Case: Nzxt Technologies Phantom with Green Trim (Green LED) Enthusiast Full Tower Case - Phan-002Gr (Black) ((currently installed in the case is a NZXT 140mm fan in the front, 2x 120mm fan's in the hdd cooling fan slot on the side, 2x 200mm fan's in the top of the case, the cpu cooler falls into this category so i will tell you I have a 2x 120mm push pull corsair 80 liquid cooling system. all of these fans are wired into the fan control board on the top of the pc and are adjustable with fan speeds.

Motherboard: gigabyte ga-970a-ds3 revision 1.1 (no v-ram cooling)

CPU: AMD FX-6100 currently overclocked to 4.2ghz per core stable, this is a 95w tpd core.

RAM: 2x (Corsair XMS3 4gb 2x2gb ddr3 1600mhz with xmp profile enabled in bios) so with 2 of these 4gb kits that's a total of 8gb.

HDD's: I have 2x 1TB WD Black hard drives in raid 0 config for primary OS and games (these 2 hard drives in performance hardware raid 0 are pretty awesome will not be upgrading to ssd's they are to expensive for not enough storage. I am playing games like fallout 4, gta 5, w.o.w. and swtor where each game is putting 40+gb on the hdd, that is just a few games so SSD's just don't tickle my fancy I get great performance from these hard drives) I also have an extra 2TB WD Black HDD for a data drive.

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX760 FTW with ACX Cooler 4GB GDDR5 256Bit Dual-Link DVI-I DVI-D HDMI DP SLI Ready 04G-P4-3768-KR

PSI: XFX 650w 80 bronze edition with dedicated 4 6+2 pin adapters for graphics cards in crossfire or sli

So currently my gaming computer can play any of the games I come across in the highest graphics settings without issue. But I have a little extra money to play with ($400) so I am trying to put some worthwhile upgrades into this computer so that its ready for the next generation of games that will require more than what I can provide. I will not be buying another graphics card any time soon, when that card I have is not enough I will purchase the same one again and SLI it, Although my current motherboard is a 16x 4x config for SLI so I think (correct me if I am wrong, that I should get a new motherboard first?) like a Gigabyte 990FX? I will be staying AMD as they are extremely overclock-able and forgiving, this poor core and board have been running overclocked as a pair for 4 years and they are still kicking. Intel is also just to expensive for not that much gain if you ask me. The RAM and Graphics ratings on windows are 7.9, the core is 7.6, and the hdd's are 5.9 although i know that's only because they are standard hdd's, even though there are 2 1TB WD Black hard drives in a Hardware Performance Raid-0 windows still rates it a 5.9 (if you benchmark them though they beat out some SSD's so its a nice HDD setup). I don't really want to upgrade the hard drives, or the graphics card, the core-cooler and case are nice and work very well so I don't really want to change them either unless there is some supper advantage I am not yet aware of. What I am thinking about upgrading is the motherboard, core, ram, and maybe psu. Any recommendations on what I should upgrade first and what I should get? Remember this is for hardcore gaming at full settings only. I would like the new motherboard if one is being recommended to be full 16x 16x so when I do get another gtx760 and sli it with the current one I am fully able to use both cards. I would also like it to have full v-ram cooling so I can overclock the core to its fullest without burning out my board. Please help me with recommendations as to what I can do with this setup to keep it able to play the latest games at full 1080p without any issues at the highest settings.
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  1. Upgrade you CPU to a an FX-8350. Same socket as FX-6100, but a lot better CPU (FX-6100 is First gen bulldozer, FX-8350 is second gen).
    Upgrade your GPU to R9 390. This should cover the $400 budget. Your PSU is good and it will handle the R9 390 fine.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Wnx823

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($168.77 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($274.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $443.76
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-07 02:00 EST-0500
  2. rohitbaran said:
    Upgrade you CPU to a an FX-8350. Same socket as FX-6100, but a lot better CPU (FX-6100 is First gen bulldozer, FX-8350 is second gen).
    Upgrade your GPU to R9 390. This should cover the $400 budget. Your PSU is good and it will handle the R9 390 fine.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Wnx823

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($168.77 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($274.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $443.76
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-07 02:00 EST-0500


    Hy current motherboard dosn't have any v-ram cooling so to upgrade the core to a 125w tpd core and then overclock it. I think that would kill my old motherboard. I also plan to buy another gtx760 in june (birthday present) and sli my current one with it since they are both high overclocked and 4gb of ddr5 ram I think they would be just fine for any new games. I am basically looking for a new motherboard that would fully support sli at 16x and 16x. Also I think a new motherboard that has 8+2 phase power with full v-ram cooling I could extreamly overclock my current core. I am not sure.... this is why I am asking for help.
  3. rohitbaran said:



    CRYORIG H7 is that better than my current CPU Cooler? Corsair h80 (the 2 120mm push pull closed loop liquid cooler)?

    Thanks for the Motherboard recommendation I will buy that one and the new core. Before I get the cooler though I would like to know if its better than what I currently have
  4. http://www.microcenter.com/product/446583/990FX_Killer_AM3_ATX_AMD_Motherboard

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/401795/FX_8350_4GHz_AM3_Black_Edition_Boxed_Processor

    Subtotal $259.98
    Tax $15.60
    Grand Total $275.58

    I just looked on MicroCenter's website and they have a bundled deal for this motherboard and core, would this motherboard be acceptable? Would it still preform like the one you recommended? Seams to be a better price, would still leave me 125 to play with if you had other recommendations?
  5. Best answer
    I will say get the Asrock. The MSI board is pretty solid and gives two USB 3.1 ports, but it's not really worth it if you are getting a better deal on the Asrock board. Also, the Cryorig H7 was added in error, since I skimmed your post and didn't see cooler mentioned separately as a bullet point. The rest of your system is fine.
    Although you don't like SSDs, just buy a Samsung EVO 250 GB. You will start to like them. It costs $80 or so and I think is a good investment to make.
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