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February 27, 2014 4:23:35 PM

First post, but long time follower of Tom's.

Here's my situation:

I have a computer I built 4-5 years ago that I'm wondering if I should upgrade or just spend a little bit more to build a new one. If I do build a new one, I plan on using my old one as a linux server.

I mostly use the computer for gaming and watching HD videos.

Old computer:
Intel i7 920
Evga x58 3x SLI
Nvidia GTX 275
6 GB Ram
Windows Vista
24" Dual monitor Setup (3840x1080)

The upgrade I was looking at was a SSD (Samsung EVO 250GB), new video card (GTX 760), and Windows 7 and it looked like it would be around $600.

Considering those 3 upgrades would also be in a new computer, would another $400 give me RAM, CPU+MB, and additional storage?

Sites I mainly use would be Newegg and Amazon. Since I live in CA I pay tax on most online purchases these days (Newegg is 7.5%, Amazon is around 9%), though Tigerdirect and some other sites do not charge me still.

Edit: I looked at some configs and couldn't find any I liked for a full system so I'm looking for a GPU and maybe an SSD for about $450 + $150 for Windows Pro

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February 27, 2014 4:30:57 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus H81M-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $384.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

you can get something like this for about 400 (tax will put it above ofc, but not by a lot), but is it worth it over your current set up? eeeeeeeh not really, at least I would say no.
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February 27, 2014 7:34:38 PM

I didn't really think there would be much point in getting a new cpu/mb. I would also take suggestions on different GPU if there is something better than the GTX 760 for similar price range, I'm not sure if the GTX 770 for an extra $100+ is worth it, however.
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February 28, 2014 10:34:56 AM

Another option would be to drop the 250GB SSD to a 128GB and upgrade to the GTX 770 for around the same price. I'm wary of using such a small SSD though.
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February 28, 2014 1:58:21 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of March

Budget Range: $1000 for full system; $600 for upgrade

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HD Movies, Office applications, Modding/coding

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: GPU (PSU is an OCZ 750W)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7 Professional)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Location: California

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (SLI Capable MB)

Your Monitor Resolution: 3840x1080 (Gaming at 1920x1080 on one)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: GPU showing age in newer games

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($167.68 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($267.27 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($142.27 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $577.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-28 16:54 EST-0500)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.17 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($355.48 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($142.27 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $586.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-28 16:57 EST-0500)

I'm going to assume most people would choose option 2? Or should I forgo an SSD completely?
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February 28, 2014 9:06:38 PM

Would really appreciate some suggestions/insights into what would be the best way to spend my budget.
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March 1, 2014 11:49:24 PM

Couldn't find any good configurations for $1000, so I changed the title for just the upgrade. Any help would be appreciated for $400-450 what GPU/SSD combination should I get (or just spend it all on the GPU and forget the SSD?)
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March 6, 2014 2:41:02 PM

for 400-450 dollars get a GTX 770 from a decent company like Asus or MSI, and add on a small 64 or 120GB SSD from Kingston or Samsung, that should just about fit in that budget range
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