Should I upgrade some components?


Mar 6, 2012
Hi all,

I am wondering if now is a good time to upgrade a few components from my current system. Most of it is 3+ years old, but I was hoping to be able to salvage some of my parts. Below is what I currently run:

AMD Phenom II 940 Black Edition
Asus M4A79 Deluxe MB (Old)
Sapphire 7870 GHz Edition OC 2GB DDR5 Graphics (New)(Replaced my HiS IceQ 4850)
GeIL Black Dragon 8GB DDR2 800 RAM (Old)
Corsair Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W Power Supply (Old)
Patriot Pyro 120GB SataIII SSD (New)
Windows 7 64Bit
COUGAR CF-V14H 140MM Case Fans (x3)
SilenX EFX-12-15B 120MM Case Fan

My case is soemthing I know I want to change for a more silent solution, but I can reuse my fans. Heat has never been a problem and I know my way around cabling solutions. Noise level is something I need to keep as low as possible for various reasons.

As far as my SSD, 120gb is more then enough space for what I use this for (Surfing, Rift, Black Ops 2, OS). I want to continue my current games as well as prepare for EverquestNext and other games in the next few years.

Should I upgrade my CPU/MB and RAM? I plan to reuse my power supply, as it is a beast and a workhorse and I dont see it failing anytime soon.

I have noticed some bottlenecking in Rift, I seem to be stuck in the 40-50FPS range even with my settings turned down. I play on a 1600x1050 resolution, IIRC as I am at work. All drivers are updated for all devices, all old drivers were purged using software solutions and my know how. I mess with various settings (AA/Texturing/Draw Distance/Spell FX) but my results are pretty consistent no matter what I do.

Some components I had in mind were as follows:

Intel I5 3570K CPU
Asus Sabertooth Z77 MB
G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB DDR3 1600 RAM
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO Heatsink
Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Case

Would these components mesh with what I currently have? I havent had issues with my AMD cards at all in 15+ years. The case is something I saw had good reviews and was relativley quiet, but if there is a better, more quiet solution I would be up to that.

Budget would be around $800 if I need to upgrade.

Thank you very much.
I would try this first: Your 940 is a pretty fast cpu; if you don't like the results, go with your upgrade and a less expensive board such as this one:

I like asus (use one now) but they can be picky about ram and I never spend more than what works.