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What would be a good upgrade?

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June 15, 2013 6:09:16 PM

My current specs are as follows

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo)
Ram: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600

I'm just wondering what would be my most cost effect upgrade?

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June 15, 2013 6:14:05 PM

Well, you can't upgrade to a Haswell CPU without upgrading the Motherboard - so that won't be very appropriate.

I'd say a GPU upgrade would be the best upgrade path, maybe to a 7950 or a GTX 770 or something? Depends on your budget.
June 15, 2013 6:17:09 PM

Well I could probably spare a max of $500. What Mobo would you recommend? Or would upgrading from the 7850 really be the better option? I feel like next gen cards will be coming out "soon" so I should hold off for those.
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June 15, 2013 6:21:19 PM

I agree that a GTX770 would be a nice upgrade. Your CPU is powerful enough for any game. You might also get a $20 Xigmatek Gaia (cools within 1C of the more commonly mentioned Hyper 212 EVO for 2/3 of the price) and overclock it some. Still, the graphics card upgrade will make the biggest difference.
June 15, 2013 6:23:29 PM

Alright and is Nvidia leading now? Back when I built it everyone was on the other side of the fence lol. Also I already have a Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler.
June 15, 2013 6:27:31 PM

Also I'm curious would I benefit from upgrading to 16GB of ram instead of 8GB? And how about slapping another 7850 in for Crossfire?
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June 15, 2013 6:30:50 PM

Another 8GB is unlikely to make any visible difference, at least not in games. Crossfire remains broken, so I don't think it is a good idea. If you prefer to remain with an AMD card, get a single HD7970.

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June 15, 2013 6:30:57 PM

Tough call. Nvidia and AMD are still pretty much neck and neck for the majority of the market.

AMD still win on the lower-end with the 7750, but Nvidia's Titan is pretty hard to beat up in the high-end.

At your level, Nvidia and AMD are pretty much even I reckon. AMD still offer better value for money on all fronts, however.

And 16gb won't benefit you much. It's unlikely that you'll ever need more than 8gb of RAM, at least for the mean time. In the forseeable future, 16gb is likely to be mandatory for many users.
June 15, 2013 6:35:43 PM

Alright thanks so much for allowing me to pick your brains :)  You were both a great help.