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What should I upgrade in my PC?

I have had my computer for about a year and a half now and I feel that it is time for an upgrade! I have 500$ but I could save up more. This computer is used for gaming and that is about it. I prefer to play on high video settings. These are my computer's components right now:

Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560Ti FPB (1 GB)
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 3.7GHz
Mother Board: ASUS M5A97
RAM: 2 Corsair Vengeance (8 GB)
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue (500 GB, which is plenty for me)

Could you guys please suggest what part I should upgrade and what I should upgrade it to. I was thinking that I should upgrade to an i7 because my CPU is that worst part in my computer in my opinion but then I would have to buy another mother board and I heard that the CPU is not that important when it comes to gaming. My monitor is 1920x1080 and so I plan to play games at that resolution until I need a new monitor (which should not be any time soon). The more detail that you can provide the better.
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  1. An i7 would use up all your money as you would need a new mobo too, really you should get a better GPU for gaming
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    You should upgrade the hard drive to an SSD, I recommend something like a SAMSUNG EVO. It's the single best improvement to that machine. Keep the hard drive for data storage. Plus it's a great starting point should you want to upgrade other items.
  3. I also agree on the 840 EVO, just installed the 500GB flavor myself, Windows 7 Pro boots in under 5 seconds, it's sweet
  4. GavinLeigh said:
    You should upgrade the hard drive to an SSD, I recommend something like a SAMSUNG EVO. It's the single best improvement to that machine. Keep the hard drive for data storage. Plus it's a great starting point should you want to upgrade other items.


    I was considering that for a while. I will probably do that unless someone has a better idea.
  5. Well for 500$, you can get for example an r9 280X, which is a very good card, and a samsung evo 250 gb.
  6. If you want to improve the overall gaming power of the machine you could go with an i5 (ivy Bridge or Haswell) and get great performance. It's doubtful you'll need all the hyperthreaded goodness of the i7 to get good gaming frame rates. Pair that with a Z77 or Z87 motherboard. That will easily burn $300+ of that money. Pick up a 120gb SSD for about $90 and then put any leftover money towards a fund for a new video card.
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