Solved Which processor upgrade path should I take?

February 6, 2015 at 07:04:47
Specs: Windows 7, AMD A6-3500 / 8GB
I'm currently stuck with an FM1 socket mobo so I clearly don't have more upgrade path for my processor.. Which do you think will be the better upgrade path? I'm also in a tight budget right now btw.

AMD FX - 6300
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2
GTX 750Ti 2GB
(after a few months I'll upgrade the 750Ti to a 970)
or
AMD Athlon II X4 631/641/651/651k or A8-3870k/A6-3670k (which ever I find available at stores)
GTX 960 2GB
(after a few months I'll upgrade my cpu to fx-6300 and mobo to something that supports sli and buy another 960)

Here are my current parts:
AMD A6-3500
Gigabyte GA-A75M-DS2
GTX 550Ti 1GB
8GB
650W PSU
I also play on 720p (1366x768)

TIA!

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#1
February 6, 2015 at 11:41:50
I'm not sure what the future holds for the AM3+, but if that's the route you're gonna take, choose a board based on a modern 900-series chipset, not the old 700-series. Even so, why would you upgrade the CPU & board, then turn around & upgrade again for SLi? Personally, I think SLi & Crossfire setups are a complete waste of money, but if that's what you want, I suggest you hold off until you can do it right.

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#2
February 6, 2015 at 12:28:24
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You do not need to purchase the fastest or the best, but always look for the latest so you will not be outdated as soon as you finish tweaking it.
Especially when money is tight, it is best to wait a bit longer and do it right. Purchasing a motherboard for a few months does not make sense. Purchasing the more basic gaming graphics card as a temporary measure makes some sense if the one you have will not hold you until you can afford something better.
If you can swing it, I would recommend the i5-4690K or the i7-4790K from Intel and a Z97x motherboard (see link) as being better for gaming and remember that the CPU and graphics can be overclocked if you find it is needed.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...
If you are planning on SLI then you should go with a 750Watt quality power supply so you will not need to purchase that again as well.

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#3
February 9, 2015 at 06:18:33
So what do you guys can suggest for me? My budget is roughly around $300 for the upgrade. I've changed my mind about the SLI since I recently saw that SLI has so many issues with some games and it would also need a lot more power.

I'm thinking to go with the better CPU for my FM1 mobo and buy the GTX 960. Then I will just wait for the time that my CPU will be very outdated that I need to upgrade it. Any insights about my decision?

Oh and as much as possible I wont go with an AMD card because I've had overheating issues before with AMD cards, Idk why but I like their CPU more. Although I've heard many positive reviews about them.

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#4
February 9, 2015 at 07:49:12
Look online for your supported CPU list for your motherboard. Then compare that to the chart I posted and depending on the price, choose the best and an alternative and post those for comment by those who use AMD. Also look to see if you will need a BIOS update to run those CPU's which will have to be done before you switch it out if it is required.

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#5
February 11, 2015 at 05:29:08
I will be buying the AMD A8-3870k and decided to go with the GTX 970, both are compatible with my mobo and I don't need to run a BIOS update. I have one remaining problem though, my RAM is only 1333Mhz (1 is 1333Mhz and 1 stick is 1600 but running at the lower speed), it will only be temporary though as I have a coming delivery of another 1600MHz RAM, will there be any problems when I run the 1333Mhz RAM with the 3870k and 970?

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February 11, 2015 at 17:24:04

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