what should i do......
That's a very open ended question, I'm sure you will get a lot of different opinions from it.
Without knowing what motherboard and GPU you are using now, it is hard to know what would be an upgrade.
Upgrading is a very personal issue and a lot of things need to be taken into account, such as your budget, brand preference and performance expectations.
In my opinion if you really need to upgrade the motherboard, any of the newer models that use the 970 or 990 chip set will do fine. I like the ASUS Crosshair and Saber tooth lines myself. If you can do without a new motherboard, save your money and just upgrade the GPU. The newest models are the RX 480, 470 & 460.
There is also the option to save your money and go with "Rysen" in the near future.
Unfortunately, their best honey moon has been passed far away. This processor, http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Bulldozer/AMD-FX-Series%20FX-8350.html , released in 2012, more than four years ago. That generation is gone! So the problem does not lie on upgrade, but make your processor and memory just work. I am afraid whether there would be manufactures making those motherboards these days, if you could find, that would be very lucky. I suggest you this one, ASRock > 970 Extreme4 , that could support your processor and memory modules. The charming thing for that mobo is that it provides three PCI-e 2.0 x16 slots (X16, X8 and X4), providing support of 3-Way CrossFireX, in other words three graphics cards could work together on this mobo, giving out incredible performance through external SLI link. As to the graphics card, you have lots to choose without worrying about things for your mobo. No matter PCI-E 2.0 or PCI-E 3.0 cards they both could work on this mobo. But choosing the latest and proper one would ease your future upgrade without needing to buy new cards at must. If you want to make your expected computer as a entry-level graphical workstation or game computer, the NVidia GTX 1080 is the idealised choice. If you just want to make this machine work for paper work and casual pleasure for some little games, without plan to spend too a lot, NVidia GTX 1050 is good for you.
This year AMD would release their new coming processor and GPU, if you could wait, if you could forget your processor and memory modules. Customising a machine based on AMD Ryzen processor and new coming GPU would be idealised too. Good luck!
Worst recommendations I think I've ever seen on here,A POS Mobo and a $900 GPU, Wow!
Sorry Ray,I just had to say it!!
Yeah, you are pleased to make better suggestion than this! I have already made clear that the suggested graphics card is provided for later use. And that mobo is just suggested to make his processor and memory work. You have all the right to say anything here and there, it is all up to you.
Frankly, I would never have the purpose to purchase some a graphics card, like NVidia GTX1080. For some a short term work, I have experienced its performance, and I believe this graphics card would find its value for at least more than 5 years. You know, the very first generation GPU based on CUDA core from NVidia, Geforce 8800GT (2007). Today I still burn it up for modern applications under Windows 10. But I found seldom GPU from ATi/AMD would satisfy a user with the needs for nearly 10 years! My suggestion is set first on the factor of responsibility, I do not stand on any side. NVidia GTX 1050 is an entry level one, its price might be low. I would not suggest him for some phase-out products for the configuration.
I have also mentioned that one can wait until Ryzen and latest GPU from AMD released later time this year. I am also expected AMD would also release some future GPU at a reasonable price with maintenance for a longer time than those Coca-Cola like products, drunk and throw away...
It would be a very bad idea to upgrade at this time with AMD Ryzen with Socket AM4 to be released in a matter of weeks and bringing a 60% performance increase over the 8350.
When it would be out on market, remind please.
Top tier Ryzen processors SR7 and SR7 Black (akin to the Intel i7 tier) will release this month after CES along with Vega 10. SR5 and SR3 (akin to i5 and i3) around March.
If your current MB is good just leave it together no point breaking it down. Wait for Rzyen or in my case I build a Intel machine I know alot AMD poeple will hate me for this. I had married my RX 480 something good vs my APU 7850k. Zen CPU took way to long.
Just for be a evil Person Hello BIG BLUE TEAM RED MADE ME WAIT TO LONG!!!!
What MB are you currently using and is it still good. If it failing just about any MB AM3+ do good. If it a Upgrade no repoint for your CPU and DDR3 be used. AM3 Slot is dead route. As for a video card I can suggest RX 480 8 more less a gaming one and 4 gig is more normal day and light gaming like LOL and WOT. Plus AM3 only support PCIE2 bottle neck today GPU's
ASUS TUF TUF SABERTOOTH 990FX R3.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX/SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Motherboards - AMD - Newegg.com
Is the Best and Newest AM3+ board available. Also more than likely the Last AM3+ board.
There will be lots of AM3 boards around through 2017. Inventory in the channel for the DIY repair and refurbish will want new boards. AM4 will slowly move the sector to DDR4 but this will be an incremental process. The high end will move faster than the mainstream.
The AMD 970 boards are ideal for a single video card setup and there are still lots of them around. The I have has a SB950 so it's not short on SATA or etc. Lots of USB 2.0 and there is the Asmedia USB 3.0 chip.
AMD said the FX-8300 series would continue to exist for the entry level market below the SR3, though you are most likely right and no new AM3+ boards will continue to be developed. Is curious though, AMD's decision for that. The new low end i3 Kaby Lake part, the i3-7100, is $120 and is 14% faster than the 8350, which means the 8350 would need to carry a $100 price tag, a 33% cut from its current $150 price. It's going to depend on if AMD's projection of the cheapest SR3 being $250 holds true, and $100 would be 40% of the $250 price...February is definitely going to be an interesting month.
I expect AMD will still offer AM3 processors for the legacy market.
I agree that Q1 this year should see a rebalancing of supply and demand as new processors come to market
The intel page says i3-7100 is $109
Dude, it seems that I owe you nothing at all! I am not interested in your suggestion, but want to tell you something: Show your suggestions like this post you gave, rather than bring me any annoyance, not a piece! Do you understand?
I am not selling computers, I am not someone working for AMD. Put all of your business out of my sight! Alright?
I agree with the recommendation of the ASUS 990FX Sabertooth R3.0. It will support your existing processor and RAM, and also allow you to add newer tech, like NVMe solid state drives.
It has most of the newer features supported by the upcoming AM4 boards, such as NVMe drives and USB 3.1 Type C.
It does not support DDR4 memory, which is fine. DDR4 will not vastly improve your performance, it may however, become difficult to find DDR3 modules in a few years as the industry leaves it behind.
You will also miss out on PCIe 3.0. This board only uses 2.0, which again is more than enough bandwidth for modern GPUs. Even with an Nvidia Titan X, PCIe 3.0 8x is comparable to 16x in most tests. https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Titan-X-Performance-PCI-E-3-0-x8-vs-x16-851/
Seeing that PCIe 2.0 x16 on this board is the equivalent bandwidth of PCIe 3.0 8x, you likely don't have to worry about saturating the BUS.
The real downside to this board is the price. It costs as much as most high end AM4 boards will likely cost. But by holding out for one of those, you will also have to rebuy your processor and memory. If that is just too much for your budget, you can pick up the Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 and have a lot of modern features with your existing hardware. That setup will be fine for gaming for years to come, provided you couple then with a decent enough GPU.
As I said before, AMD is now moving the DDR4 so it's time to save up for some hardware
i wouldnt buy anything more then a 290 if that i found out that my 9370 was bottlenecking my 390x by a whole lot i upgraded to i7 6700k and got a fps boost from 30 fps to 160 fps
to be honest i would wait though if u really want amd wait for the ryzen to come out it seems promising but it is amd so they have alot to prove
In the vast majority of games, if you play at high enough settings, the GPU will always be the bottleneck. I have been playing Gears of War 4 with most settings at Ultra at 1920x1080. When I look at the benchmark results, the GPU frames generated by the R9 Fury X are below those of the CPU frames generated by my FX-8350. So in my scenario, any CPU will perform identically.
Granted, an Intel CPU would likely raise the CPU benchmark result, but that wouldn't affect the actual gameplay. I haven't actually played a game where the FX-8350 gave me unplayable framerates on it's own. If I update the Ryzen, the game will again perform identically since the Fury X is what is holding it back.
Now, would a Vega GPU or an Nvidia Titan X raise the GPU frames above the CPU? Maybe. But that hasn't happened yet, and the Fury X still runs just fine ~100fps. So there really isn't any reason to upgrade anything.
So as I stated for John117, the FX-8350 you have will be great for gaming as will your DDR3 memory for years to come. Upgrading to an AM4 board circa March will require you to purchase a new CPU and RAM as well. If that is simply to expensive, the ASUS Sabertooth R3.0 mentioned on another reply will serve you well.
I have been running the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R1.0 since 2011 and still use it in my primary PC. Not a single issue with it so far.
i like the Gigabyte 990 boards ,had new Sabertooth and not happy with it , it was returned the rev 2.0 board was good . As for video AMD 290 series card , would be good enough . But really I'd wait for the new lineup Ryzen CPU and new boards.
The R9 290 is a respectable video card, should be viable for gaming at 1920x1080 for a long time to come.
I have noticed Asus motherboards quality has been dismal.
Yes have noticed quite a few negative reviews of late on Asus boards , MSI and Gigabyte seem to be good choices , I'd stick with 990 series boards , had a few problems with some 970 boards with 8350 and 1011t cpu , ran into stability issues then they went dead . I run all with 16 gb memory .
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