So i have a crappy PC here are the specs- OS- Windows 7 64-bit CPU- AMD Athlon II x4 640 RAM- 4 GB dual-channel DDR33 @669MHz Motherboard- Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd. M68MT-S2 (Socket M2) Graphics- ATI Radeon HD 5570 Hard Drive- 932GB Hitachi HDS721010CLA SCSI Disk Device (ATA) Optical Drive- ATAPI IHAS124 B SCSI CdRom Audio- AMD High Definition Audio Device PSU: Maxpower 480W I was just wondering what should i upgrade with my money limit which is $300, here is what i would like to get and i would like to know what should i get first and what should i get later? I use my pc to watch youtube videos in 1080p and for gaming http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=wish_list
Another consideration might be to get your computers hard drive to SSD ($123)
You can have two hard drives, put your OS on your SSD so it runs lightening fast, and the data files on your secondary SATA hard drive.
That's about $300 for your upgrades.
Depending on your games you later might want to upgrade your video card, and then an appropriate Powersupply.
FACT: INTEL IS MUCH BETTER FOR GAMING THAN AMD.
Buy a new processor, I recommend getting the new Ivy Bridge Intel Core i3-3220 ($130 and the best budget gaming processor), buy a new motherboard ($50-$90), LGA1155 socket and either Z77 (best) or B75 chipset.
Buy a new graphics card, Radeon HD 7770 or HD 7850, or even better get a GeForce GTX650 Ti. ($110 to $140).
Total upgrade cost: $290 to $360
And you will have a very good, solid gaming PC setup.
It's true that your CPU could stand an upgrade. However, the #1 rule for gaming builds:
Your performance in games is approximately 70% determined by your graphics card, so that's the most important component. Your CPU has much less overall impact. That Athlon II X4 640 isn't the greatest, but is still capable of playing most mainstream games well, if paired with a good graphics card. And money spent on the graphics card has much higher return per dollar.
Upgrading your CPU would give a 20-30 percent boost in performance, but upgrading the graphics card can give you a 100-300 percent boost!
Your Radeon HD 5570 is an entry-level card, fine for watching videos in 1080p but too slow for most newer games except at low/medium settings. Here's how it compares:
So a graphics card upgrade is the most important thing. And that will require a better PSU, because your Maxpower 480W PSU is very low quality, probably closer to 350W in terms of what it can actually deliver. And gaming level-graphics cards have much higher power draw than budget models like the 5570.
So I recommend getting the following items:
Graphics card- Radeon HD 7770
Power supply- Seasonic S12II 620W
The Radeon HD 7770 would approximately triple your fps in games compared to the 5570.
Now for the CPU upgrade, doublecheck your motherboard first. When I search for the Gigabyte M68MT-S2, it comes up as a socket AM3+ motherboard, not socket AM2+
Now if your motherboard is really socket AM3+ that means it can take FX processors. In that case I'd recommend the new FX-6300:
But if your motherboard is socket AM2+ that means the best CPU you can install would be a Phenom II X4 965:
Anyway, those upgrades come to $280 with the Phenom II, or $320 with the FX processor.
As I mentioned the CPU upgrade is really the least important, you could wait and upgrade other things first. For example if you're not going to upgrade the CPU right away, you could choose the 2GB Radeon HD 7850 graphics card instead of the HD 7770.
Here's gaming performance with midrange to high-end cards:
Keep in mind those BF3 results are on ultra detail level. With a Radeon HD 7770 you'd be playing on high settings (it's not powerful enough for ultra in that game), so fps would be better.
Here's the difference between the 7770 and 7850:
Some other things look weird about your computer- your specs say a SCSI disk drive and CD-ROM, which is an interface mostly used for servers, not desktops. And SCSI hard drive upgrades are expensive. Anyway, I won't bother suggesting swapping out those items for SATA versions since you wouldn't see much difference. I suspect the reporting software in Windows is just confused and you really DO have SATA drives, like 90% of computers these days.
An SSD would greatly speed up your boot times but that's about all. SSDs don't really impact performance once you're past the splash/startup screen of your applications. They would also require re-installing Windows from scratch along with all of your software, so I wouldn't recommend an SSD upgrade unless you don't mind going through all that.
But if you did upgrade to an SSD for your boot drive, you'd make your 1TB Hitachi drive the secondary drive where you store photos, music and install games.
Switching to an Intel motherboard and processor isn't really cost-effective. In addition to the cost of hardware you'd have to buy another copy of Windows (OEM versions of Windows are only valid for one specific motherboard, that's Microsoft's licensing). And the FX-6300 is quite good, better than any Core i3.