Solved What do i upgrade first to have a better gaming experience

April 23, 2017 at 13:42:51
Specs: Windows 7, AMD FX(tm)-8120 Eight-Core Processor
Specs:
Extreme Gear 700w ATX power supply
760 GM-P34(fx)(ms-7641)
AMD FX(tm)-8120 Eight Core Processor
AMD Radeon HD 6670 series graphics card
Seagate Barracuda 1000 GB

I need help on what i should upgrade first. A lot of game run fine on my PC but a few get a bit laggy in the cinematic scenes and a few just lag in the game. I already need a new motherboard because the Ethernet port is burnt out i guess but it would be nice to know which i should first to help my gaming performance.

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May 6, 2017 at 07:44:46
If you're going to stick with the FX(tm)-8120, you should get a board based on the 900-series chipset. All the major manufacturers are good these days - ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, MSI, etc. They should all perform about the same so look for the options you feel you want/need (or don't need/want). Pick a couple that fit your needs & do a search for reviews.

This ASUS 970 board for $70 after rebate would be a good choice: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/asus...

If you'll willing to spend $20 more for an 990FX board, this MSI board would be a good choice: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...

https://www.pcper.com/reviews/Mothe...



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April 23, 2017 at 15:36:46
Extreme Gear 700w ATX power supply - generic cheapie. Luckily your system doesn't need anywhere near 700W because I highly doubt it's capable of putting out that much. Google it - no one says anything good about them.

MSI 760 GM-P34(fx) - low end AM3+ board based on the old 700-series (760G+SB710) chipset combo that was developed before the FX-series CPUs were even a thing. FX-series CPUs perform best with the 900-series chipset.

RAM - you didn't list anything but it should be DDR3-1866. 8GB (2x4GB) should be the minimum for decent gaming.

AMD Radeon HD 6670 series graphics card - 5-6 year old graphics card. Even when it was popular, it was considered an entry level gaming card.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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April 23, 2017 at 17:58:29
Ya i have read a lot on the power supply, i will buy a new one very quickly. i don't want to buy a part and have to replace it again when i upgrade another part. What would you suggest i change first to have decent system by the end?
I have 2 G.skill 8GB (2x4GM) stick of RAM.

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April 23, 2017 at 19:05:06

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#4
April 23, 2017 at 21:17:37
The NVidia GTX1050 or GTX 1050Ti would be better.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
April 24, 2017 at 05:18:21
"The NVidia GTX1050 or GTX 1050Ti would be better"

True, but can you find one for $70?


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#6
April 24, 2017 at 07:21:57
i generally use this site to compare hardware:

http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compar...

and damn riider that rx 460 does look like a steal

Simple solutions are often the best


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#7
April 24, 2017 at 16:35:10
Wow the rx 460 is a lot cheaper then i was expecting. The NVidia GTX1050 is only 20 bucks more, would it be worth it? After looking it seems there are a few different brands, is there one that is better then the rest?
So if i bought the rx 460 or NVidia GTX1050 then what should i get next? at that price i will be able to get another part right away. Thanks for the help guys.

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#8
April 24, 2017 at 20:41:20
I would say power supply first for system safety and overall reliability:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...
Then motherboard upgrade.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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April 25, 2017 at 09:26:54
ok what would you suggest for a good motherboard compatible with the other parts you have listed? Ill probably buy the power supply and graphics card right away then ill move to the motherboard.

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#10
April 25, 2017 at 20:34:39
I do not know AMD well so I will leave that to riider or others to answer.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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May 6, 2017 at 07:44:46
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If you're going to stick with the FX(tm)-8120, you should get a board based on the 900-series chipset. All the major manufacturers are good these days - ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, MSI, etc. They should all perform about the same so look for the options you feel you want/need (or don't need/want). Pick a couple that fit your needs & do a search for reviews.

This ASUS 970 board for $70 after rebate would be a good choice: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/asus...

If you'll willing to spend $20 more for an 990FX board, this MSI board would be a good choice: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...

https://www.pcper.com/reviews/Mothe...


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