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Metro last light. Best benefits sooner, upgrade my cpu/ram/mobo/hdd or gpu first

With 500 bucks, basically what the title says. For max settings no SSAO at 1080p , which should I do first. Upgrade my cpu/mobo/ram/hdd first or just upgrade my gfx card first. I'm curious which would get me the best benefits sooner.

My current system

Phenom 965 stock 3.4ghz
4gb ddr2 corsair
Gigabyte mobo
150gb hdd
Gtx 560ti
650watt antec earthwatts psu
Corsair h60 cooler
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  1. Looks like you are about due for a major build/replacement.

    Do a rebuild and live with your 560Ti 'til you have some more money for a newer card.
    Here's some suggestions:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157370
    ASRock Z87 $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116896
    Intel i5 4570 Haswell $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    8GB DDR3 1600 $53
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    Either one of the above HDD's: WD=$90, Seagt. = $70
    sub-total = $442 plus tax and shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    Windows 7 Home PRem. 64BIT OEM = $100

    TOTAL = $542 plus tax and shipping.
    SAve a hundred if you have an operating system., Save $20 going with the Seagate HDD

    I guess I didn't answer the question, though. A new video card will benefit you the quickest, but it will be bottle-necked by your old system. Yes, you could spend ~$475 for a new GTX770, and it would work in a new system down the road some period of time, but it would not perform to its capacity in your current system.

    Sorry, I only wanted to highlight the $ totals, but don't know how to shut off Bold. Nothing I am trying works.
  2. Looks like you are about due for a major build/replacement.

    Do a rebuild and live with your 560Ti 'til you have some more money for a newer card.
    Here's some suggestions:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157370
    ASRock Z87 $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116896
    Intel i5 4570 Haswell $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    8GB DDR3 1600 $53
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    Either one of the above HDD's: WD=$90, Seagt. = $70
    sub-total = $442 plus tax and shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    Windows 7 Home PRem. 64BIT OEM = $100
    TOTAL = $542 plus tax and shipping.
    SAve a hundred if you have an operating system., Save $20 going with the Seagate HDD

    thanks for the reply! very similar to what i was looking at getting.

    My only question is that motherboard only has like 1 review on newegg, wanna go with a motherboard with better feedback and that is good for OC'ing. Any other recommendations?

    I Want to spend no more than 500 on newegg.
  3. Best answer
    Looks like you are about due for a major build/replacement.

    Do a rebuild and live with your 560Ti 'til you have some more money for a newer card.
    Here's some suggestions:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157370
    ASRock Z87 $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116896
    Intel i5 4570 Haswell $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    8GB DDR3 1600 $53
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    Either one of the above HDD's: WD=$90, Seagt. = $70
    sub-total = $442 plus tax and shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    Windows 7 Home PRem. 64BIT OEM = $100
    TOTAL = $542 plus tax and shipping.
    SAve a hundred if you have an operating system., Save $20 going with the Seagate HDD

    thanks for the reply! very similar to what i was looking at getting.

    My only question is that motherboard only has like 1 review on newegg, wanna go with a motherboard with better feedback and that is good for OC'ing. Any other recommendations?

    I Want to spend no more than 500 on newegg.


    WEll cRAP! I thought I could find a comparable system using AMD parts, but to get into a name brand board with a good chipset (990FX or 990X) bumps the mobo up $40, and the six core FX processors are only $60 less then the i5, the 8 core are $40 less. So you could do AMD AM3+ (FX series CPU) for a little less then the i5.
    Highc, it's getting late for this old guy. If you want I will look at some FM socket AMD setups tomorrow, they will be a little less expensive, but the performance will not match the i5 I layed out for you no the AM3+/FX stuff.
    Put your cursor on my avataar and my specs will show up. I already had a big SATA HDD and OS, but the mobo, 16GB of RAM, and the 8120 CPU set me back just under $500. To use more then 4GB of RAM you need a 64bit OS, and 8GB is the sweet spot for gaming etc. If you have access to a legitimate copy of W& 64, then that's a hundred bucks saved there.
    Let me know what you do or want done.
  4. Looks like you are about due for a major build/replacement.

    Do a rebuild and live with your 560Ti 'til you have some more money for a newer card.
    Here's some suggestions:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157370
    ASRock Z87 $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116896
    Intel i5 4570 Haswell $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    8GB DDR3 1600 $53
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    Either one of the above HDD's: WD=$90, Seagt. = $70
    sub-total = $442 plus tax and shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    Windows 7 Home PRem. 64BIT OEM = $100
    TOTAL = $542 plus tax and shipping.
    SAve a hundred if you have an operating system., Save $20 going with the Seagate HDD

    thanks for the reply! very similar to what i was looking at getting.

    My only question is that motherboard only has like 1 review on newegg, wanna go with a motherboard with better feedback and that is good for OC'ing. Any other recommendations?

    I Want to spend no more than 500 on newegg.


    WEll cRAP! I thought I could find a comparable system using AMD parts, but to get into a name brand board with a good chipset (990FX or 990X) bumps the mobo up $40, and the six core FX processors are only $60 less then the i5, the 8 core are $40 less. So you could do AMD AM3+ (FX series CPU) for a little less then the i5.
    Highc, it's getting late for this old guy. If you want I will look at some FM socket AMD setups tomorrow, they will be a little less expensive, but the performance will not match the i5 I layed out for you no the AM3+/FX stuff.
    Put your cursor on my avataar and my specs will show up. I already had a big SATA HDD and OS, but the mobo, 16GB of RAM, and the 8120 CPU set me back just under $500. To use more then 4GB of RAM you need a 64bit OS, and 8GB is the sweet spot for gaming etc. If you have access to a legitimate copy of W& 64, then that's a hundred bucks saved there.
    Let me know what you do or want done.





    Thank you so much for being so generous to take the time to help :)!

    I would rather go the i5-3570k or i5-4670k route. I know what HDD (WD black 1tb 90 dollars) want and what RAM (8gb corsair vengeance). I just don't know the best cpu / motherboard combo to keep it all under 530 about.
  5. the 3570K is $220 ( $20 more then the 4570) and the 4670K is $240 (and you won't gain much performance, ultimately, over the 4570).
    The least expensive Corsair Vengenence is $70.
    Add also a premium for a Gigabyte or ASUS or EVGA mobo (if you don't go withASRock).
    Looking at all that, you will be close to or over $500 without the OS

    What would I do? I would save a little more money and get what you really want; not rush into this.
    Yes, it sucks when you go to someone's place and their games look better then yours, but be patient and you will end up with a really nice PC that you are happy with.
    Can't live without (and to tell the truth, this would probably be me) I would borrow what I needed to do it may way plus a nice GTX770 or 760.

    Good chance some others will reply to this thread, but when it is all over don't forget to choose a Best Answer.
    Good Night (or good day, depending on your location)! I'll check here tomorrow.
  6. Thanks a lot for the detailed reply! U rock
  7. Hope you are awake; Heres the Shell Shocker deal for this morning.
    ONLY LASTS 'TIL 9:59 A.M. PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME (1 HR. 55MINUTES). USE YOUR POWER SUPPLY, IT MIGHT BE BETTER THEN THE ONE IN THIS PACKAGE.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1389338
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