Best Upgrade For 600$

so i have 600 buck to blow and right now my pc cannot play bf3 on low cause my dual core and my weak gpu but any way whats the best upgrade current stuff btw i wanna record and stream gamplay

Pentium G860

asus H61-m lx plus r2.0

his 7770 


I would add these:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core

G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866



ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2

16GB is over kill for gaming, and the 660ti is faster in most cases.

i5 3570k and a 7950 is around 500...might be pushing your psu, so grab a new one too.

WELL, actually an 8350 would be better for streaming. but you'd need a new motherboard, and psu if you wanna get a new gpu because it uses a bit more. soo idk. corsair has a 750 watt for 70, extreme 3 is like 85 since you dont have usb 3, 8350 is about 180, could probably get a 7870.

if you end up witth extra, try some more ram. 8 is enough, but 16 is probably going to help a decent amount for streaming.

intel option:

amd option:

Could throw a 7870XT on the AMD which would perform almost on par with the 7950. that msi card is just a hell of a deal so i chose it. AND you could afford a 2x4 kit of ram to add. I'm assuming you have 8 already which i probably shouldnt. if not, i'd choose the AMD so you can have enough ram. i just guessed your case doesnt support usb3 so i picked the extreme 3.

the only problem with the amd option is the OP has an 1155 Mainboard

i added in a new one..i realize that...

Do you have a second hard drive to record and store all of your video files? If you're running everything off a single mechanical drive, especially if its an older or smaller one, you might run into bottlenecks while recording. A SSD would be something to consider working into the budget for the system/games drive. At the very least try for a second HDD or if you don't already have enough space.

Go for the i5-2500K if you can find it for less than the i5-3570k. If you do go with an Ivy Bridge CPU you'll need to check that your BIOS is update to at least the required version. Also, you'll need to do this with the G860 you already have, as Ivy Bridge won't be supported without the update.

That should leave enough room for a 7870 GHz Edition for sure. The 660 Ti is something to consider as it might perform better, but with the price difference you could roll the money into a lot of other things.

One such would be a cheap 970 mobo along with an 8350, you could even ebay your older kit or use it in another build. You could go for a better PSU, but as long as you're reasonably sure it won't catch fire you should be fine. Also, more hard drive space and RAM is almost always nice to have. It really comes down to what you need and what you think will suit you better.

Anyways... here's a few combinations of parts to give you an idea.



so i was thinking this

Thats an amazing deal for a 3570K. If you have a Microcenter near you that you can pick it up from snag it now. Just hit the buy button before its gone.

Unless you plan to do triple monitors though I'd go with one of the new 7870s. They perform on par if not better than the 7950s, just with 2GBs instead of 3GBs.

Also, unless you really need/want a modular PSU, the CX750 is a much better deal at the moment. Plus, you should be able to buy all of this from Microcenter and pick it up, which is a plus I guess.

Use the extra money on extra RAM(at least 8GBs in total) or more harddrive space. Again, no idea what you situation is on this.