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Need some advice on a gaming system upgrade! 500-$800 budget

so in 2007 I built my first gaming desktop, Q6600, 8800 GTX, 8G DDR2, 750W PSU all on a Abit 35 pro motherboard in a HUGE Armor case that would play everything on kill until i picked up ffxiv. I'm forced to play it on low-medium setting and i definitely don't like it. some advice on some upgrades i could make would be wonderful. my budget is about $500 atm but if a little more can get me a lot there's some wiggle room. thanks everyone.
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  1. you need everything. start with a new video card. then save more money to add to core components. what resolution do you play at?..............

    ...............see my thoughts about core components in this thread.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/1920744/last-read
  2. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2huU4
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2huU4/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2huU4/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus A88XM-A Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($83.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($112.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $524.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-09 02:25 EST-0500)
  3. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2huYP
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2huYP/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2huYP/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.48 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($160.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $612.39
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-09 02:30 EST-0500)
  4. Best answer
    the second build has a faster cpu and gpu set up.
  5. Core i5 3570k 214$ Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 99$

    corsair Vengence 4gb 1600mhz 42$
  6. smorizio said:
    the second build has a faster cpu and gpu set up.


    wow thanks for the extensive parts lists much appreciated!
  7. jet use parts picker look at some larger cases if you think you upgrade the build at a latter time. cases like the r300 line are only 20 or so more when there on sale. some people like using larger cases as there easy to build at fit parts into.
  8. jjthejetplane said:
    smorizio said:
    the second build has a faster cpu and gpu set up.


    wow thanks for the extensive parts lists much appreciated!


    what build are you talking about?
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