Incremental Upgrade Suggestions

This is the computer I built last year. I am looking to make incremental upgrades next year, and was wondering what upgrades would give me the most improvements for my money. My priorities are gaming, virtual computers, photoediting, etc. I am willing to spend a few hundred dollars over the course of the year for upgrades.

Also, I am using 32bit Windows 7, should I switch to 64? I definitely will switch monitors. I want to get mechanical keyboard (like razer blackwidow).


Case:
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

PSU:
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

CPU/Motherboard:
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.205337

Memory:
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231193

Graphics:
HIS H465FS512P Radeon HD 4650 512MB DDR2 PCIe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161262

Hard Drive:
WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR GREEN 750GB SERIAL ATA/300 32MB
http://www.frys.com/product/5954944

Optical:
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175

Monitor:
Acer P191WD 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 5ms, 1440x900, WXGA+, 700:1, Black, (Refurbished)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4211615&sku=S445-D19007

Keyboard:
Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 (USB)
http://www.frys.com/product/5300998?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Wireless:
D-Link WDA-2320 IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Rangebooster G Desktop Adapter Up to 108Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, WPA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127075
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  1. I'd go with x64. Support is right with x86 now, and with 4GB of DDR in there, you're losing out on things you paid for. :)

    I'd suggest a new GPU, but only if it's holding you back. You resolution is quite low, but I think even a 5770 would be a decent upgrade. How's the performance in heavy 3D?
  2. 1) ^+1... A new GPU will be your biggest impact in gaming. I would look at the ATI 6850, since you plan a monitor upgrade.

    2) A SSD (or a 500GB Platter based HDD) will impact your applications more. The Green series HDD's are not know for their speed & performance bit for their low power consumption (great storage drive). I would look to add a SSD to go along with your current HDD for an overall system speed boost.

    3) I would look to move to the 64-bit system when you have the chance before or after working on the other two.
  3. What is good monitor resolution/size to get?
  4. gheedsgreed said:
    What is good monitor resolution/size to get?

    21" to 24" at 1920x1080 is typically my recommendations.
  5. IMO you can live with 3.2GB of RAM or whatever the 32-bit OS can use. The monitor should be the first thing and the video card. Get a bigger one, 23 or 24".
  6. gheedsgreed said:
    What is good monitor resolution/size to get?

    Here is a nice monitor 24'' 1920 x 1080: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049&cm_re=asus_24_gtg-_-24-236-049-_-Product
  7. You can live with 3.2GB of RAM, but why? You paid for it, use it. It makes no sense to not go x64 these days. Hell, I got an x64 driver for a scanner I bought in 2004.

    Monitors are monitors. People have their preferences, but I've never had an LCD die. Just hunt for a good 1920x1080, the higher the refresh rate the better. If you can, get a 120Hz :)
  8. ^Yep but a 64-bit OS costs about two thirds of what a monitor or good video card is. And he's gaining actually only 0.8GB with that. I still use a 32-bit OS and I have 4G of RAM like for always. I'm too lazy to even steal a 64-bit one from the Interentz.
  9. @mosox: It's ok cuz I already have OS on hand. I'm only worried about what software changes I have to make if I switch

    @joelmartinez: Nice, I was just looking at that one.


    I'm looking at the 5770, but I'm not sure if it fits in my medium tower.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-127-490&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=2#scrollFullInfo
  10. It will fit with no problem in your case!!
  11. It costs two thirds of a monitor, definitely. That is, unless you bought it, then you get x64 and x86. ;)

    And the 5770 will fit without a doubt. I'd go with the GTX460 if you can find a good deal on it though, it can be had for around the same price if you shop a bit, and outperforms the 5770 by a good bit.
  12. Are you saying the gtx 460 1 gb can be found for as much as the 5770? Or the 768mb?

    I'm pretty sure you mean the 1 gb version just trying to clear it up.
  13. ^ Price wise, 5770 1gb = GTX 460 768mb. But performance numbers 460 768mb (before and after OC) > 5770 1gb (Before and after OC) The 460 is a great card since Nvidia now is dropping prices. XD Thanks to the AMD contest.
  14. understood now I will recommend this gtx 460 768mb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130562&cm_re=gtx_460_768mb-_-14-130-562-_-Product

    Decent Price with MIR
  15. If you believe in MIRs, then I suggest this one actually. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121390&cm_re=460_768mb-_-14-121-390-_-Product

    It has a great heatsink and OC's very well. Plus it's decent with MIR as well.

    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1369/17/
  16. For 30 dollars more, you can get the 1GB version of that ASUS 460. I've not looked into performance differences between 768 and 1, are they worth 30 bucks?
  17. The EVGA one has better reviews and 2 customer awards. I'd rather go with reliability. After I switch video cards, I probably use my 4650 for a build for my parents, which is probably more than they need.

    For harddrive, I'd rather just get faster HDD than get a SSD. Maybe a velociraptor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136322

    Another question: my parents are using a really old (like 8 years) 2wire router at home, and it freaks out when there are 3 or more computers connected. I think its time to get a new router; do you guys have any suggestions for an inexpensive wireless router/modem. It doesn't need extra functions like extra storage or software, just something more up-to-date and simple to use.

    Thanks guys for all your help!
  18. Don't get a velociraptor it is not worth it, save your money for a SSD. The highest performance HDD for the money I would recommend is the samsung f3 1tb. Anything above that in HDD would be better spent on an SSD
  19. +1. Velociraptors aren't all that anymore, especially for the price. The best storage solution, IMO, is a medium sized quick SSD (~60GB), and a 7200 for storage.

    I prefer my Windows to boot fast, I can wait 1/3 second for a video to start playing or an image to load.
  20. SSD Suggestion: Adata S599 64gb, it sports a Sandforce controller so thats sweet. Plus it's one of the cheaper faster SSD's, if that makes sense.

    Review: http://www.guru3d.com/article/adata-s599-100gb-ssd-review/7

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211485&cm_re=s599-_-20-211-485-_-Product
  21. +1 for Adata SSD
  22. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227542&cm_re=ocz_agility_2-_-20-227-542-_-Product

    Or this. Uses Sandforce as well, it is quite quick. I use it currently, and if you ever get the rebate, it will be 100. If you have a Microcenter near you, they have the Adata drive rebranded MC for 100 as well.
  23. ^ Haha "if you ever" Hate OCZ. They never do return their rebates!
  24. I got one once, 7 months later. I've submitted 9.
  25. ^ Bahah, that made me chuckly.
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