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Need Help With PC Upgrade ?

I dont know what i should go for next for upgrading i dont want things that are very expensive but i just wanna know in what order should i start looking at switching things out

 Mother Board: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P 

Processor: AMD FX 8350 Eight-Core Processor 8 Gigs Ram

Graphics Card: Radeon RX 570 Series 

Power Supply: Corsair CX600M

3 Answers

  • 2 months ago
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    Your CPU is OLD

    dating to 2012

    You're MB has an AM3+ socket and ATX form factor.

    This will help.

    Your CPU appears pretty far down (do a page search for 8350)

    CPU Mark 8959.

    Its one of the top AM3+ CPUs, though.

    The FX-9590, the top AM3+

    has CPU Mark at 10188 (only 14% better), but cost is > $400. Not good!

    Now look at this

    Top-rated performance/dollar is the Ryzen 5 1600

    CPU Mark 12,304 (about 37% improvement over your current)

    cost just over $100!

    if you want a CPU that does double your current performance

    look down that chart for at least 18000 CPU Mark

    and you find Ryzen 5 3600 for < $200, more than double your current performance!



    when you replace CPU with a new socket type

    you also need new MB and new RAM.

    The 5 1600 and 5 3600 are both AM4 socket CPUs

    which is not necessarily a good thing

    because a newer AMD socket is now available: sTRX4

    but...the CPUs for that new socket cost in the thousands of dollars.


    best bang for the buck is probably going to be the AM4 and whichever of those Ryzens you can afford.

    I've had great luck with Gigabyte MBs

    and so

    The X570 is the top AM4 chipset currently

    and so that first MB is a great deal at ~$150

    Now we need RAM. That Gigabyte MB takes up to

    - DDR4 3200 (not overclocked)

    - DDR4 4000 (overclocked)

    (about double your current RAM speed!)

    Top-rated Corsair 3200 is available for < $80 for 16 GB

    while highly-rated Team Tforce is $71.

    Upgrade cost:

    MB - $144

    RAM - $80

    CPU - $100-$200, depending on your choice

    Total: $325-$425

    use the same GPU and hard drive(s).

    Perhaps a more important consideration is hard drive speed.

    Usually that is the bottleneck in any system.

    A fast SSD might be the cheapest way to speed up your system noticeably

    especially if you don't currently have an SSD.

    Unfortunately, your current MB does not have an SSD-specific connector (which speeds up SSDs considerably), so I'm still going to recommend the MB/CPU upgrade.

    CPU 37-120% faster (depending on CPU)

    RAM ~100% faster

    cost: $325-425 (depending on CPU)

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I really wish Yahoo Answers wouldn't encourage people to award a best answer until 48-hours. Most of the sections where people ask legitimate questions, it takes a couple days for people to answer. This isn't the politics section.

    Upgrade for What?

    The CX600M isn't known to be a great PSU but it will get you by. I would encourage you to replace it in favor of a higher quality unit when power supply prices go back to normal.

    The FX-8350 is about on par with the Ryzen 3 1200 in Gaming and in multithreaded tasks it's on par with the Ryzen 5 1400.

    The CPU is the best of your platform, so that means you'll have to upgrade to a new platform, which includes upgrading the CPU, RAM, and Motherboard. You can get a Ryzen 7 2700 for $150, a decent AM4 B450 costs $100, and 16gb of RAM is $70-100. The older b450 and x470 motherboards are capable of running the Ryzen 3000 series processors. I'd say, look at the Ryzen 5 2600 or 3600, Ryzen 7 2700, 2700x or the newer 3700x.

    Intel is coming out with a boring new line of processors pretty soon and these new processors won't be backwards compatible with the old ones. Don't even bother with Intel's stuff. The only difference between the old Intel 9th Generation and 10th Generation is the i3, i5, and i7 series will have Hyperthreading.

    I know the other guy mentioned the FX-9590 but you need a high end 990fx motherboard and very large CPU cooler to keep the FX-9590 from destroying your system. If you had a decent motherboard and a good CPU cooler, you could overclock the FX-8350 to 4.5ghz. But you don't so don't bother with it.

    The RX 570 is capable of gaming but it's become an entry level card.

    If you'd like to game at higher quality setting then upgrade the Graphics card first. If you want higher framerates and less framerate drops then upgrade the CPU, motherboard, and RAM. I'd say the best approach is to upgrade the CPU, motherboard, and RAM first.

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  • Lv 7
    2 months ago

    what do you hope to do with it?

    honestly, the FX CPU is too old to upgrade without just getting a newer board that supports newer CPUs, which will of course require newer RAM. save up at least $450 and get these 3 pieces to start.

    i strongly recommend a 8th Gen Core i5 or i7 CPU, and ASUS motherboard.

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