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Upgrading Computer, Noob here

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October 28, 2011 5:27:16 PM

Hello guys,

I am new to building computers and i just recently put together my 2nd rig. I have an extra 600-700 dollars to put into it next month, where would you spend it to see the biggest performance gain? I'm a hardcore gamer, however i use a few other programs as well.

Also a side note, i am playing on 3 23' monitors using eyefinity.

Part of me wants to make the switch to i7 2600k since the bulldozer flopped. However I just dont know if going from 1090tx6 to i7 2600k will make a big difference. It does seem however that my GPU's are being held back by the CPU.


My rig:
AMD 1090T Phenom II x6
AMD 6950 x 2
Vengence 8gb of ram
2 TB HDD
ASUS EVO MB
850w Black widow PSU

again i'm a noob but thank you so much for understanding my illiterate and incorrect understanding of computers!
October 28, 2011 5:42:21 PM

Go with a better PSU like an HX850, an intel i5 2500k, an Asrock/Gigabyte Z68 Extreme4 GEN 3 Mobo, and a Crucial M4 128GB SSD.

PSU- $160
CPU- $220
MoBo- $145
SSD- $200

$760 ( i know a bit more, but you could wait on the SSD).
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October 28, 2011 5:50:31 PM

casualbuilder said:
Go with a better PSU like an HX850, an intel i5 2500k, an Asrock/Gigabyte Z68 Extreme4 GEN 3 Mobo, and a Crucial M4 128GB SSD.

PSU- $160
CPU- $220
MoBo- $145
SSD- $200

$760 ( i know a bit more, but you could wait on the SSD).


will a PSU increase the performance of my rig that much? I'm just trying to learn while doing this. thanks for your quick response.
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October 28, 2011 6:53:32 PM

a good PSU is the single most important thing in a computer. Without that, all the other hardware could be damaged or perform with glitches. While you technically have enough juice in there already, i would recommend you change that over while you have the budget too.
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