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    Building a new PC. Where to start?

    Ugh, so I've finally decided to build a new computer. I've been rocking this rig for quite some time and have only really changed out video cards in recently months. I'd like to have something that can play GTA V when it comes out Q1 next year. I'd love to stay under $1,000 but is it even possible anymore? I know I'd like to have an SSD, lots of ram, and a GPU that can handle GTA V. There's so much new technology I don't know where to start. Anyone care to help?

    I'm currently running a Phenom 955 w/ a GTX 470 and 8 gigs of Ripjaws.

    CPU: Phenom 925 X4
    MOBO: BIOSTAR A870U3
    MEM: G.Skill Ripjaws 4GBx2 1333
    VGA: GTX 260
    PSU: Cougar CMX 700
    HDD: WD Black 500GB

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    Re: Building a new PC. Where to start?

    Your current MB can run an AMD 1090T with a bios update. They can be bought used for around $100. 2x8gb DDR3 1600 is around $150-160. I'd wait a little bit on the video card since AMD is bringing out new cards & the prices will drop.
    AMD 8350 w/Xigmatek Dark Knight Night Hawk Ed - Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 w/4x4gb GSkill Ripjaws 1600 CL7 - Samsung 850 Evo 500gb - WD Black 5Tb - Gigabyte 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming OC Ed - Win 10 Pro 64bit - Lite-On iHES108 - White Corsair 500r w/Corsair AX860i 860W - ASUS VG248QE 144Hz

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    Re: Building a new PC. Where to start?

    A place to start might be migrating to an SSD (e.g. Samsung EVO 500GB + HD7970/R9 280X):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147249

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150665

    HD7970 at $250 after rebate + Samsung EVO SSD for $340.

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    Re: Building a new PC. Where to start?

    Is there a way I could transfer all my data over to the SSD or will it be a fresh install? Also wouldn't my 955 be a bottleneck for a new top of the line video card? Also I'm going to start looking for a used 1090T

    CPU: Phenom 925 X4
    MOBO: BIOSTAR A870U3
    MEM: G.Skill Ripjaws 4GBx2 1333
    VGA: GTX 260
    PSU: Cougar CMX 700
    HDD: WD Black 500GB

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    Re: Building a new PC. Where to start?

    Samsung ssd's (at least with the Evo & 840 Pro) come with a data migration program that is pretty slick 240-256gb is usually the sweet spot for ssd's now. Yes the 955 will bottleneck a top of the line video card. The 1090t is a nice cpu, usually overclocks easily too.
    AMD 8350 w/Xigmatek Dark Knight Night Hawk Ed - Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 w/4x4gb GSkill Ripjaws 1600 CL7 - Samsung 850 Evo 500gb - WD Black 5Tb - Gigabyte 980 Ti Xtreme Gaming OC Ed - Win 10 Pro 64bit - Lite-On iHES108 - White Corsair 500r w/Corsair AX860i 860W - ASUS VG248QE 144Hz

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    Re: Building a new PC. Where to start?

    Quote Originally Posted by 96s10 View Post
    Is there a way I could transfer all my data over to the SSD or will it be a fresh install? Also wouldn't my 955 be a bottleneck for a new top of the line video card? Also I'm going to start looking for a used 1090T
    Yes, like sttubs said the Samsung does come with a data migration program. That is the reason why I recommended a 500GB evo too, since your current hard drive (as per your sig) is about that size, so the migration is a lot less hassle (if you only have ~200-300GB used on your current drive, see what you can delete/back up on e.g. an USB HD, you may get away with a smaller sized SSD).

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    Re: Building a new PC. Where to start?

    If you can get a good stable OC on your current Phenom I would just upgrade the GPU to something like a GTX 660 and increase the memory to 8GB 1600. Will lit bottleneck as compared to a top I3/I5 etc yes a bit but you will still get 75% of the performance, and in the interim you can save for an intel platform upgrade. SSD is not a bad idea too.

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