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Mid/high-range gaming PC, looking to upgrade parts

Hello everyone,
I have had a pc for a few years now and have slowly been upgrading each part to better versions. I am at a loss recently, though. I have not kept up with the latest in graphics cards, among other things. I would like some help on what I should upgrade next.

System specs:

Motherboard-
Asrock Z77 extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

CPU-
Intel i5 3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

Heatsink-
Corsair H90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181036

GPU-
Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB x 2 / Crossfire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121399

RAM-
G.Skill Sniper 12GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460

Hard Drive-
1TB x1
160GB x2
500GB x1
(I'm not worried about my drives unless you are suggesting solid states)

Case-
CM Storm Stryker - White Full Tower Gaming Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119260

Power Supply- Corsair CX 750M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139051&Tpk=CX%20750m
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  1. 1. SSD. 2 Video card or Cards. 3. PSU.
    I think thsi is good buy SSD. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-drive-sdssdhp256gg25
    If you want cheaper and smaller look 128GB.

    Good PSU http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-lightning1000

    With video cards Id look R9 270X or faster R0 280X / R9 290 is good.

    Better wait for new platforms to come out before upgrade cpu and mobo.
  2. Is my PSU not that good?
  3. No it is not so good. Corsair cheap ones are not really a good ones. Sorry.
  4. You psu should be fine. ssd is nice but far from a requirement. The main thing you are looking for is a new gpu.

    what does your budget look like for upgrading?
  5. Depends what GPU is what you plan on getting how much power they will take.

    Look this. http://www.reviewstudio.net/868-amd-radeon-r9-270x-crossfirex-and-r9-280x-4-way-crossfirex-review
  6. jtenorj said:
    You psu should be fine. ssd is nice but far from a requirement. The main thing you are looking for is a new gpu.

    what does your budget look like for upgrading?


    I will have a budget of around $300 or so, maybe a little more in the upcoming months.
  7. Best answer
    PSU is fine: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/505 These guys tear down PSUs. The conclusion "great 750W power supply" is as strong an endorsement as you will get. Nice PSU.

    CPU is great, no upgrade will help you game there. Same for the rest of the system except:

    GPUs are fine, but could get better. Here is a great ref, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html Consider GTX 770 or 780. The AMD cards are too pricey -- they make great bit-coin mining cards and the nvidia cards don't so the AMD cards are more expensive than they should be right now. Also read the trade press on the frame latency issues with SLI / crossfire and the micro-stutter issues. Suggest you buy a single GPU card and replace the 6850s.

    Disk: You could add a boot SSD. I don't use one on my gaming PC even though I use them in my laptops. The value of the faster boot isn't worth much to me vs. the hassle of having a smaller c drive.

    EDIT: re-reading the thread I find that my append just repeated what jtenorj already said. So please replace my append with +1 Jtenorj
  8. That PSU is putting out too much noice (electrical noise)
    There is better ones like rosewill cappstone.
    Same site says it is a outstanding psu.
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-CAPSTONE-550M-Power-Supply-Review/1584/11

    So this is just for what I think is good psu. Rosewill makes good quality and they work reliable and they are resonagle price. With quality they do have. Cossie fan boys are talking here :D
  9. tsnor said:
    PSU is fine: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/505 These guys tear down PSUs. The conclusion "great 750W power supply" is as strong an endorsement as you will get. Nice PSU.

    CPU is great, no upgrade will help you game there. Same for the rest of the system except:

    GPUs are fine, but could get better. Here is a great ref, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html Consider GTX 770 or 780. The AMD cards are too pricey -- they make great bit-coin mining cards and the nvidia cards don't so the AMD cards are more expensive than they should be right now. Also read the trade press on the frame latency issues with SLI / crossfire and the micro-stutter issues. Suggest you buy a single GPU card and replace the 6850s.

    Disk: You could add a boot SSD. I don't use one on my gaming PC even though I use them in my laptops. The value of the faster boot isn't worth much to me vs. the hassle of having a smaller c drive.

    EDIT: re-reading the thread I find that my append just repeated what jtenorj already said. So please replace my append with +1 Jtenorj


    Thanks for sharing this.
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