Upgrading an existing Outdated PC

Hey there everybody

This is my first forum post and would like a bit of assistance with otpitons on what to go with when upgrading my current PC. I have never overclocked my system because I was and still am too unsere how my system will go

Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Deluxe  

CPU: Intel E8500 Dual core 3.16Ghz Stock Clock

GPU: PowerColor Radeon HD5850 Stock Clock

PSU: OCZ 750W Fatal1ty Champ1on Series

RAM: 2x2GB DDR2 Geil Dual Channel 

HDD: Seagate Barracude 7200RPM 320GB

I have had a few thoughts in mind but im not completely sure yet. Also if i get a SSD would i also be able to run a HDD aswell for more storage space for games, movies ect. 

 I live in australia so australian sites and prices would be handy dandy. Cheers

OK, you looking to upgrade your pc. Are you looking for gaming proformnce? Im thinking you just want a better user experiance. Whats your budget? If your thinking low cost solution for storage i would go with a (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148837) or a 240gb vertex 2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148837) i dont think you have sata 6 so going with a newer drive is pointless with that mb/cpu.

If you can spend about $300 a lager hd and a fm2 or am3+ cpu/mb (its like  would be a nice upgrade. then for $200 look at a new gpu (this option is geared for gaming. and an ssd will have zero impact on gaming) ex1 FX-8120 @160+ MB $75 + HD 500gb $70+ram 2x4gb$35 = $340 and you have a much faster system.

"I have had a few thoughts in mind but im not completely sure yet" what are your thoughts? Also, what do you use your pc for?

Yeah i was looking for gaming performance, my budget is kinda inexistant at the moment but it would be aronnd the 400-500 dollar mark. I was thinking of an intel i5 2500, ASRock Z77 PRO4-M Motherboard,3x4GB g.skill sniper ram. Taking what you adivsed I sought out some parts

Mobo: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_1207_803&products_id=21341

CPU: http://pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18658

RAM: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_538_914&products_id=18361

I was considering breaking the budjet and going to a X-fire config with either two 6870's and selling my existing 5850 or either purchasing a second one for half that price of the two 6870's

lga1155 is a dead socket. am3+ will have 2 more cpus for it. amd uses dual chanal memory and lga 1155 so buying 3 sticks wont help and for gaming 8gb is more than enough. Thats about what I was thinking. Now about buying two older gpus. You should buy the best single gpu you can get. going from a 5850 to a 6870, or 2 for that mater, Im thinking 2 6870's would be about $300 your looking at 7950 cards then.

How come on the ASRock 970-PRO3 Motherboard it says it can hold 4 x DDR3 ram when it is a am3+ board and you are saying it only handles dual channel? And with the gpu will upgrading for an extra $180 for a second 5850be more benificial than getting two 6870's cost wise? And if i were to go the two 6870's would i be better off buying a single high end card from the 7000 series?


Also If i get the ASRock 970-PRO3 Motherboard that means i would have SATA 6 correct? Meaning i could go for the OCZ vertex 4 124Gb SSD cached with a seagate barracude 1TB correct? 




you cant do ssd cashing with amd without third party hardware. yes am3+ is dual chanal you have two sets of dual chanal. 2x2=4

I would go with a 256gb ssd and use your old hd for extra storage http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_909&products_id=21543

ram http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_538_913&products_id=16509

if you dont go with an ssd and you can sell your gpu for 100 i would get a  7950 or a 660ti  also 7870 isn't bad


3x4GB Sticks of ram.....  Yeah, don't go buying tripple channel kits for dual channel boards.  Unless you want to run your system extra slow in single channel.

2x4GB, 2x8GB or 4x4GB, 4x8GB.  <  Them's your choices.