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Help Choosing Which Upgrade Is Best for 4 Year Old Rig - CPU, GPU, RAM, HD? ~$400 budget

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June 27, 2013 8:13:16 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Now through End of Summer

Budget Range: $400 USD without shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > Streaming > Surfing the Net > Watching Movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, motherboard, GPU, RAM (Reusing PSU Thermaltake Purepower W0121RU 600W)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Seattle, WA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, MSI motherboard

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Feel like my computer is in need of some upgrades. I have not bought any parts for it since 2009, and I want to make sure I am upgrading correctly for what I want to do. Games are getting a little choppy for me (<35 fps), and I'd like to see fps increases. Also, I'd like to stream my games with my webcam running. When I try to stream at 720p, frames drop from my normal ~60 to 15-30 in League of Legends. I would prefer to stream at 1080p with high frame rates. My net should not be a bottleneck as it is 100 mb up/down. I feel like a CPU upgrade might help, but I would like people with more experience to weigh in on it.

Current
CPU: i5 750
Motherboard: MSI P55-GD55
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600
GPU: Radeon HD 5770
HD: Western Digital 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache

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June 27, 2013 8:23:05 AM

IMO I would upgrade the GPU to something like a 7850, 7870, 7950, GTX 760 or something along those lines. Maybe also get an SSD with one of those GPU's to store the OS and some games on. I don't know much about that CPU, but if you're going to upgrade that, you'll also probably need to upgrade your motherboard. I don't think the CPU is bottlenecking too much, but don't quote me on that.
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