Critique my upgrade pls

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#1 Posted by ZombieKiller7 (6248 posts) -



AMD Athlon II X2 250 @ 3Ghz

AMD HD5770

2x2GB DDR3 1333 (dual channel)

ASUS M4A77TD mobo socket AM3

Antec 550W PS




AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

ASUS Nvidia GTX560

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (getting 8GB RAM total)

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (for better airflow and more fans)


First off I desperately want to upgrade my CPU because I feel it's slowing down physics in some games, for example I get only 14fps in Railworks Train Sim 2012, I'm hoping that a quad core will be able to handle the physics better and give me a framerate boost.

Having a hard time deciding between GTX560 and 560Ti, the Ti is a little better but I'm not sure by how much, or whether it's worth the price, and whether my 550W PSU can handle it all. I definitely want a NVidia GPU because I think they're better and for games that make use of PhysX.

For RAM right now I have 2x2GB sticks in dual channel, if I get 4 sticks of the same RAM does dual-channel still work? And I'm not sure this upgrade is worth the bang, I don't see games using alot of RAM.

The current case is held together by duct tape after I was doing some repairs to the headphone jack, I wanted to get it clean and also have more airflow and fans. Again hoping my 550 W PSU can handle 3 fans + lights + etc.


Thoughts? Suggestions? Criticism?


#2 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -

Need a top hat.

560Ti is worth it. 8 gb will work, but 4 gb will do the job. However, RAM is cheap, so if you don't plan to upgrade for a while, 8 gb would be nice.

#3 Posted by 04dcarraher (19491 posts) -

Fine choice on the cpu, Now as for the gpu, The GTX 560 at stock is only about 10-15% slower then a stock GTX 560ti(384) and since the gpu you selected is already overclocked slightly it will kick the heels of the performance of the 560ti, but your willing to OC it to 875-900mhz you will match and or surpass the ti performance. Also Get 8gb of memory 2x4gb for $46

If your antec psu has two pci-e power connectors for the gpu your golden.

#4 Posted by ZombieKiller7 (6248 posts) -

I will open her up soon and see if I have enough PCIE plugs.

Thanks for your ideas

#5 Posted by ionusX (25715 posts) -

solid upgrade enjoy :D