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Hi,

 

My machine is getting a little slow for DCS nowadays and it seems the main bottleneck is the CPU.

 

My current config is:

  • 2,30 gigahertz AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core
  • ASUS M3N78
  • 4GB RAM
  • ATI Radeon HD 6850 1 GB DDR RAM

 

It seems that my mainboard supports, with a BIOS update, a AMD Phenom II X4 980 (just $ 100,--).

 

Does it make sense or would you go straight for this upgrade package:

 

  • AMD FX-8320
  • MSI AM3+ AMD 970A-G43
  • 8GB Ram

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Hi,

 

My machine is getting a little slow for DCS nowadays and it seems the main bottleneck is the CPU.

 

My current config is:

  • 2,30 gigahertz AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core
  • ASUS M3N78
  • 4GB RAM
  • ATI Radeon HD 6850 1 GB DDR RAM

 

It seems that my mainboard supports, with a BIOS update, a AMD Phenom II X4 980 (just $ 100,--).

 

Does it make sense or would you go straight for this upgrade package:

 

  • AMD FX-8320
  • MSI AM3+ AMD 970A-G43
  • 8GB Ram

 

 

AMD Bashing aside.

 

An FX-8320 w/ a 990FX Board and 8GB of Ram will perform Alot better than a 1st Gen Phenom at 2.6Ghz and 4GB of Ram.

 

You Might wanna go for a decent GPU too, 79xx,7870XT(<-note the XT is actually a 7930) or 660ti/670/680.

 

Bundle/Deal Shop, Also Stay away from Budget Boards, the $40-$70 boards typically have cheaper components that fail quickly.

 

For Example: a 990FX Board w/ FX-8Core, and 8 GB of Ram

 

Prices From NewEgg:

 

FX8320 $159, Plus $15 off Code

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113285

 

MSI 990FXA-GD65V2, $124 (Free 8GB of Ram, Limited Offer)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130677

 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB, $0, (Free w/ Above Mainboard Purchase, normally $72)

 

$258+Shipping.

 

 

You may or may not need to upgrade your Power Supply.

 

 

No Gamer Needs 32 GB of Ram, unless they are purposely making a RamDrive.

The Difference between an $500+ Intel Chip and a $180 FX 6/8 Core Chip is marginal, and not worth the price premium.


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FWIW i was AMD for the last ten years but DCS made me go Intel.

 

i5 2500 overclockable one to 4.0 GHz is fine. Possibly the most popular processor ever and still useful due to its overclock-ability. The more money you have the better honestly, but I wouldnt budge for a tiny upgrade.

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FWIW i was AMD for the last ten years but DCS made me go Intel.

 

i5 2500 overclockable one to 4.0 GHz is fine. Possibly the most popular processor ever and still useful due to its overclock-ability. The more money you have the better honestly, but I wouldnt budge for a tiny upgrade.

 

 

Phenom 9650 -> FX8320

Geforce8200 -> 990FX

DDR2-1066 -> DDR3-1600

 

Is not a Tiny Upgrade, it's a Considerable one.

Windows 10 Pro, Ryzen 2700X @ 4.6Ghz, 32GB DDR4-3200 GSkill,

X470 Taichi Ultimate, 2x R7970 Lightnings Crossfired @ 1.1/6.0GHz,

3x ASUS VS248HP + Hanns·G HZ201HPB + Oculus HMD,

Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS + MFDs, CH Fighterstick+Pro Throttle+Pro Pedals

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now iM confused.. lol

Windows 10 Pro, Ryzen 2700X @ 4.6Ghz, 32GB DDR4-3200 GSkill,

X470 Taichi Ultimate, 2x R7970 Lightnings Crossfired @ 1.1/6.0GHz,

3x ASUS VS248HP + Hanns·G HZ201HPB + Oculus HMD,

Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS + MFDs, CH Fighterstick+Pro Throttle+Pro Pedals

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Pretty sure the i5 2500 is discontinued...

 

FWIW i was AMD for the last ten years but DCS made me go Intel.

 

i5 2500 overclockable one to 4.0 GHz is fine. Possibly the most popular processor ever and still useful due to its overclock-ability. The more money you have the better honestly, but I wouldnt budge for a tiny upgrade.

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Pretty sure the i5 2500 is discontinued...

 

Yup, Can get it on ebay, but 90% of consumers stay away from ebay due to fear, or simply cuz they dont navigate it and use it right.

 

I've gotten stuff off ebay for 10% of the actual retail cost. :p

Windows 10 Pro, Ryzen 2700X @ 4.6Ghz, 32GB DDR4-3200 GSkill,

X470 Taichi Ultimate, 2x R7970 Lightnings Crossfired @ 1.1/6.0GHz,

3x ASUS VS248HP + Hanns·G HZ201HPB + Oculus HMD,

Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS + MFDs, CH Fighterstick+Pro Throttle+Pro Pedals

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