What to improve next?

Hey all,

I'm looking to improve my custom build, not sure where it start, i'm thinking an SSD about 250gb then a 1 or 2tb hard drive?

But recently I've been getting some issues with my RAM so maybe i should upgrade that?

Let me know what you think please, thank you.

CPU
AMD - FX-8370E 3.3GHz 8-Core Processor

Motherboard
Asus - Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard

Memory
Crucial - Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

Storage
Samsung - Spinpoint M8 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card
EVGA - GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card

Power Supply
EVGA - SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

Operating System
Microsoft - Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 OEM 64-bit
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  2. Where to start....

    AMD FX series CPU... weak by today's standards, and even when released wasn't very strong. (If you stay with AMD, think Ryzen as the replacement)

    NOTE: a CPU upgrade will require a motherboard and RAM upgrade as well.


    RAM: Good enough for most games, although a few want more for best performance.

    Storage: 5400 RPM is slow. A good 1TB 7200RPM SATA3 HDD can be had for about $50.00 USD. adding a 256GB class SSD (240-256GB) will add around $100 to the cost.

    GPU: a GTX-960 is similar in performance to a GTX-1050... It's Okay for 1080p, albeit not necessarily at max details.

    EVGA SuperNOVA GS... power rating is good, however, if the GS (can't remember off the top of my head) is a first gen model, it isn't very good.

    Win 7 Ultimate... Not bad, although no DX12 support... OEM version may force Win10 with certain upgrades, unless you can get MS to authorize the transfer. (EULA doesn't support transfer)


    You don't really say what kind of RAM issues you're having, so its hard to say if just upgrading RAM will fix it.

    I know for me though, 500GB (of slow) HDD would be my biggest issue.
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  3. shrapnel_indie said:
    Where to start....

    AMD FX series CPU... weak by today's standards, and even when released wasn't very strong. (If you stay with AMD, think Ryzen as the replacement)

    NOTE: a CPU upgrade will require a motherboard and RAM upgrade as well.


    RAM: Good enough for most games, although a few want more for best performance.

    Storage: 5400 RPM is slow. A good 1TB 7200RPM SATA3 HDD can be had for about $50.00 USD. adding a 256GB class SSD (240-256GB) will add around $100 to the cost.

    GPU: a GTX-960 is similar in performance to a GTX-1050... It's Okay for 1080p, albeit not necessarily at max details.

    EVGA SuperNOVA GS... power rating is good, however, if the GS (can't remember off the top of my head) is a first gen model, it isn't very good.

    Win 7 Ultimate... Not bad, although no DX12 support... OEM version may force Win10 with certain upgrades, unless you can get MS to authorize the transfer. (EULA doesn't support transfer)


    You don't really say what kind of RAM issues you're having, so its hard to say if just upgrading RAM will fix it.

    I know for me though, 500GB (of slow) HDD would be my biggest issue.


    I was considering a Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB & a Western Digi 1TB Black as the first improvement.
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  4. Gabriel_Shears said:
    shrapnel_indie said:
    Where to start....

    AMD FX series CPU... weak by today's standards, and even when released wasn't very strong. (If you stay with AMD, think Ryzen as the replacement)

    NOTE: a CPU upgrade will require a motherboard and RAM upgrade as well.


    RAM: Good enough for most games, although a few want more for best performance.

    Storage: 5400 RPM is slow. A good 1TB 7200RPM SATA3 HDD can be had for about $50.00 USD. adding a 256GB class SSD (240-256GB) will add around $100 to the cost.

    GPU: a GTX-960 is similar in performance to a GTX-1050... It's Okay for 1080p, albeit not necessarily at max details.

    EVGA SuperNOVA GS... power rating is good, however, if the GS (can't remember off the top of my head) is a first gen model, it isn't very good.

    Win 7 Ultimate... Not bad, although no DX12 support... OEM version may force Win10 with certain upgrades, unless you can get MS to authorize the transfer. (EULA doesn't support transfer)


    You don't really say what kind of RAM issues you're having, so its hard to say if just upgrading RAM will fix it.

    I know for me though, 500GB (of slow) HDD would be my biggest issue.


    I was considering a Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB & a Western Digi 1TB Black as the first improvement.


    That would be an improvement that you could see with how much you can store... and load times would improve, especially boot times. Also, I'd recommend getting a GPU with at least 4GB of VRAM (GTX1050Ti, GTX1060 6GB, RX570, RX580... dependent on pricing.)
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  5. shrapnel_indie said:
    Gabriel_Shears said:
    shrapnel_indie said:
    Where to start....

    AMD FX series CPU... weak by today's standards, and even when released wasn't very strong. (If you stay with AMD, think Ryzen as the replacement)

    NOTE: a CPU upgrade will require a motherboard and RAM upgrade as well.


    RAM: Good enough for most games, although a few want more for best performance.

    Storage: 5400 RPM is slow. A good 1TB 7200RPM SATA3 HDD can be had for about $50.00 USD. adding a 256GB class SSD (240-256GB) will add around $100 to the cost.

    GPU: a GTX-960 is similar in performance to a GTX-1050... It's Okay for 1080p, albeit not necessarily at max details.

    EVGA SuperNOVA GS... power rating is good, however, if the GS (can't remember off the top of my head) is a first gen model, it isn't very good.

    Win 7 Ultimate... Not bad, although no DX12 support... OEM version may force Win10 with certain upgrades, unless you can get MS to authorize the transfer. (EULA doesn't support transfer)


    You don't really say what kind of RAM issues you're having, so its hard to say if just upgrading RAM will fix it.

    I know for me though, 500GB (of slow) HDD would be my biggest issue.


    I was considering a Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB & a Western Digi 1TB Black as the first improvement.


    That would be an improvement that you could see with how much you can store... and load times would improve, especially boot times. Also, I'd recommend getting a GPU with at least 4GB of VRAM (GTX1050Ti, GTX1060 6GB, RX570, RX580... dependent on pricing.)


    Considering as a RAM Upgrade this: G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB

    https://www.newegg.com/global/uk/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231560

    Or should i use the money to get another GPU?
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