Question Looking for some Upgrade for old setup

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Hi all,

I am testing a game and need some upgrades (~400€) asap for an old setup that was only used for CS:GO .
The current game is running so far on the old setup but I'm encountering problems sometimes during the game.

Game requirements:

Minimum Specs:
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD Opteron 3365 or better
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 or better
Memory: 8GB RAM
Recommended Spec:
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K/AMD Ryzen 5 1400
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 390X or better
Memory: 16GB RAM

Current Setup:
Motherboard: M5A97 R2.0
CPU: AMD FX-8150
Memory: 2x Corsair 10700 4GB
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB
Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z

I know I won't be getting much with 400€ and I'm not expecting to play the game on highest settings. A minor upgrade would be enough I guess. Or will I be able to get a whole new setup with this budget? What would be better?

I'd appreciate some help.

Greetings from Germany
 

SamirD

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You could upgrade your motherboard to something newer that uses the same ram and get a decent kick in the pants if it moves you to the 3770k:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/AMD-FX-8150-Eight-Core-vs-Intel-i7-3770K/263vs2

You could also get new ram as well and move to a newer ryzen platform that should give you an even better future upgrade path, but it would cost more. Either route should be well under your 400€ budget.
 
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You could upgrade your motherboard to something newer that uses the same ram and get a decent kick in the pants if it moves you to the 3770k:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/AMD-FX-8150-Eight-Core-vs-Intel-i7-3770K/263vs2

You could also get new ram as well and move to a newer ryzen platform that should give you an even better future upgrade path, but it would cost more. Either route should be well under your 400€ budget.
Do you have any specific recommendations?
I'm guessing CPU would be the first part I should upgrade? And then choose a compatible motherboard?
 

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Do you have any specific recommendations?
I'm guessing CPU would be the first part I should upgrade? And then choose a compatible motherboard?
It really depends on what you want to spend. I'm not familiar enough with the current ryzen deals to guide you to the best one, but I know 3770k combos can be had for near $100 usd in the used market.

As far as what to choose--you will need to make the cpu/motherboard choice together since one doesn't really make sense without the other. And if you're going ryzen, you'll need to think about the ram too.
 

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Should I get this one instead?
https://www.mindfactory.de/product_info.php/AMD-Ryzen-7-2700-8x-3-20GHz-So-AM4-BOX_1233730.html

There is a discount for this one in a local shop
Depending on how much that one is and then the motherboard and ram, it may not be as good a value as just dropping in a 3770k in your current setup:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/AMD-Ryzen-7-2700X-vs-Intel-i7-3770K/3238vs2

Of course, you've got the budget to get the Ryzen combo so if the pricing is good, go for it. :)
 
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Should I get this one instead?
https://www.mindfactory.de/product_info.php/AMD-Ryzen-7-2700-8x-3-20GHz-So-AM4-BOX_1233730.html

There is a discount for this one in a local shop
I'd go with a new system, getting an old 1155 board or other old system is counter productive unless the budget is around 150-200. Sure it can be done, but it'd be living on borrowed time.

https://de.pcpartpicker.com/list/4Rg9tp

Depending on your psu, if it's not terribly aged and good quality, you can re-use it and instead get a graphics card, say a rx 580 or gtx 1650 super, or rx 5500xt.

Also, if you don't mind using a smaller motherboard in a large case and don't plan to overclock, you can opt for a budget b450 pro4, aourus-m, or heck, even a b450 ds3h.

If the 2700 is considerably discounted, get that as it comes with a substantially better cpu cooler, but for the most part, there wont be a discernible difference in gaming.
 

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