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Time to upgrade my Desktop PC

Hello everyone,

Couple years ago I built myself a decent desktop PC for gaming, video editing, and general office work.

It has served me very well over the years but I have been wanting to upgrade it for a while. (perhaps better graphics power and rendering speed etc)

I would build a new one from scratch, but I want to see if any of my hardware are still viable in this ever so expanding tech market.

Here are the specs for my PC,


Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 AM3+/AM3

Processor: AMD FX(tm)-8350 Eight-core processor, 4300 Mhz, 4 cores, 8 logical processors

Graphics card: HIS IceQ X Turbo boost Radeon r9 270X

Ram: 8GB GSkill Ripjaws x series

HDD: 256 gb SSD, 500gb HDD, 250 GB HDD, (possibly gonna be adding couple TB of HDD, and upgrading SSD)

Power: Raidmax blackstone 700W

Processor is hooked up with a Corsair Hydro H50 liquid cooler

Mid size tower.


I'm hoping the motherboard is not so obsolete. It would be much easier to just slap on a new processor and the graphics card.

If anyone has a recommendation for upgrades please share!

Thank you!
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  1. That is already the best processor you could have on that MB. Only other improvement would be a new GPU in the order of Rx 470/480.
    Other than that, it's a dead end, only a new build can make any difference.
    Reply to CountMike
  2. Thanks for the reply CountMike, I've updated the specs to be a bit more specific. Would you recommend swapping out the MB, and GPU or upgrade the GPU first then upgrade the MB later on?
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    That system with FX processors is a dead end. Any serious upgrade and you will have to get new CPU, MB to go with it and memory too. You can only upgrade GPU and use it later on when you change everything else which can be done only in one shot as new stuff is not compatible with your CPU, MB and RAM and can't do it part bay part.
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