Low End (< $500) Gaming Rig Upgrade


Nov 29, 2012
Greetings all,

I have an older AMD gaming rig that I'd like to upgrade to see if I can get squeeze bit more performance out of Planetside 2. I'm looking to re-use as much as possible, but I'm recognizing that my CPU and GPU are a bit long in the teeth. I don't need anything other than CPU / Mobo / Mem / GPU - I already have a good monitor, SSDs for the drives, etc. I'm pretty price sensitive - especially this close to the holidays - so every little bit counts.

Here's what I currently have:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 (Deneb)
Mobo: MSI 870A-G54
Memory: 16 GB DDR3-1333
GPUs: 2x Radeon HD 4850s (Crossfire)

And here's the bits from the template:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks
Budget Range: $500 total out of pocket; prefer lower
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3D Design, Browsing
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Mobo, GPU (RAM if necessary)
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.com
Location: Columbus, OH (near a Microcenter)
Parts Preferences: AMD
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Sure
Your Monitor Resolution: 2048x1152

Why Are You Upgrading: Want more than 10 FPS in Planetside 2


Nov 25, 2012
sorry i dont really know how to help you hardware wise (im a bit new at this) but i am trying to build a new gaming pc for EXACTLY the reason you are, getting better frames on games, specifically planetside 2. beast game but really hard to run. what i can recommend is a program called Razor Game Booster. its free on razors website. it does what ever other game booster does but i just like this one. it just shuts down all your non essential programs taking up space in the background and focuses your computer 100% on the game. i get 30-40 FPS on planetside with this, running 8 GB of ram, an intel i3, and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 520.

so this can help you run it while you are looking for parts with which to upgrade with.


Jun 25, 2011

And throw in an aftermarket cooler such as the Hyper 212 EVO for extra overclocky goodness!