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$100 budget increase, need help deciding which part to upgrade

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April 2, 2011 4:31:15 PM

Didn't build the computer yet but im going to very soon. Im basically on the fence on getting a better mobo, graphics card, or just try to look for a sound card under $100...since my build includes none

Current Parts
mobo:
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gpu:
msi gtx 560 ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1920x1080p monitor

Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speakers

My options:
1) upgrade the asrock board for a GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD5-B3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2) upgrade the gtx 560 to a gtx 570

3) try to look for a decent sound card under $100 (if any exists)

4) screw it and stay with what I have

Anyone got any thoughts?
April 2, 2011 4:43:36 PM

Since you want to get a better graphics card, I'm assuming that you are wanting to play video games. If so, I would definitely recommend upgrading the video card. If you don't play video games, you really don't need a video card. Usually, the sound on motherboards are perfectly fine, in my experience. On the other hand, you could just keep the video card that you already have listed. To answer that question there are a few questions that need to be answered. First, how much do you play video games? Second, what resolution do you game at?
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April 2, 2011 4:49:11 PM

If this is a gaming PC there isn't any question that a GPU upgrade will get you the best immediate increase in performance @ 1920x1080.

What PSU do you have in your build plan? Planning on a 2nd video card?
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April 2, 2011 5:31:46 PM

Without a doubt; gpu
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April 2, 2011 5:31:48 PM

Have you bought it already? The 850W PSU is sized correctly for 2x GTX 750 SLI.
Have you found a review on that unit that says it can perform well when pulling near it's max rated power?
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April 2, 2011 5:32:29 PM

An 850 can definitely support SLI 570, use the money to get the 570 instead of the 560 ti. You'll see a major performance upgrade.
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April 2, 2011 9:39:26 PM

I didn't buy anything yet, im just making some last minute changes before i start odering. The main reason i choose that PSU is because it is mostly modular and a 850W for a decent price, but I'll take the xfx into consideration after I do some research
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