Need help! sell current desktop or upgrade!

Hello everyone ... i'm currently having trouble deciding weather to sell my desktop PC or upgrade deficient parts. The reason why i'm considering selling it is because i recently purchased a laptop that is going to be more powerful / on par with my desktop which makes me question the need for me to have my desktop. I will use my PC mostly for programming (Java / C# / C++ / php) and gaming (first person shooters mostly, maybe some WoW). If i could make my desktop PC significantly better for minimal investment then i would do it but i am not looking at spending more than 300-500$ in upgrades. If i upgrade it would be to be sure to be able to run BF4 on max settings!

Here is my current Desktop PC specs:

PSU: NZXT Hale 82 650W ATX 12V 24PIN 80PLUS Bronze Modular Power Supply

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Fermi 732MHZ 1280MB GDDR5 (never OC'D)

SSD: Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB

CASE: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB @ 1333

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) (never OC'D)

Mobo: BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 LGA 1155

If upgrading it would be too costly to see significant changes, how much do you think i could be getting for a PC with specs like these ... i tried looking for them online but most of these pieces are "old" and no longer available on popular websites such as Ncix / newegg ...

Btw i live in Canada.

Here are the specs of the laptop that i bought:

Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor( 2.40GHz 1600MHz 6MB)

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT750M 2GB GDDR5 x2 (SLI setup)

RAM: 16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz

Display: 15.6" FHD LED Glare Wedge 1920x1080

HDD: 1TB 5400 rpm

Chances are that my laptop is going to come with a 16GB SSD-cache to deal with the rather slow-ish HDD ... if it doesn't come with one i will probably invest in a 240 GB mSATA SSD to put in the laptop.

Thanks for going through this long post and helping me resolve this dilemma i'm having!
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  1. Your desktop is still decent, just needs a GPU upgrade.
  2. A GTX770 would be an upgrade over your existing GTX570. They are $400 at the US Newegg. You may wish to get a decent air cooler (I use the Xigmatek Gaia; $25 at US Newegg) and overclock your CPU some, as it is still quite capable.
  3. Ya I doubt the laptop will be faster than the PC. That "M" at the end of the CPU and GPU really cripple them compared to the desktop partners. You should be good with your PC, you're not going to see a huge different going to like a new I5-4670K isn't that much faster than your PC now.

    You're not worried about OC'ing, you could get a kickass videocard, maybe bump the RAM up to faster RAM, but even that's a small increase that'd you only see in benchmarks.
  4. forgot to mention that i had a Hyper 212 CPU Cooler since i originally planed on OC'ing my 2500k but never had the time to do it. so a GPU would be the only upgrade that would be necessary?
  5. Yes, the GPU should be all you need. Your PSU is powerful enough for it.
  6. Agree overall your desktop is good. Upgrade the GPU and you should be good to go. Overall the i5 2500K is a good gaming CPU. Upgrading your GPU to a GTX 670 or GTX 770 and you will be good to go.

    Depending on the money you have to spend a GTX 670 can be had for around $319(US) and is still a very good GPU. The GTX 770 is still based on the same silicon as the GTX 670. Besides Boost 2 and higher Vram speed it is not that far removed. If you are running on a single 1080p monitor a GTX 670 would be able to handle any game you can throw at it with no problems at all.
  7. last interrogation i have about the GPU is about upcoming games ... is 2GB of Vram going to be enough for games such as BF4 and other late 2013 - early 2014 games on ultra settings?
  8. Best answer
    At 1920x1080, 2GB of VRAM should be enough.
  9. Thanks! I'll stay on the look-out for a deal on a GTX 670/770 in the upcoming weeks!
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