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What should I upgrade (if anything)? [gaming]

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November 20, 2011 6:02:14 AM

Howdy folks. I've been thinking about upgrading something in my computer since Christmas/BF is rolling around, and I'll prolly have an easier time convincing my girlfriend to let me buy something within the next month or two as opposed to 5-6 months down the line. I plan to use my computer a lot to play stuff like Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, and some Battlefield. I put this thing together using benchmarks on this site, but that was about a 1.5 years ago, so I don't know what's changed since then.

Here are my current specs (I plan to upgrade the RAM anyway, since it's so cheap):
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 B35 Processor 2.90GHz
RAM 4.00 GB DDR3
GPU: POWERCOLOR AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 (2.1v)
MOBO: Some ASUS thing, I can't quite remember what it is since I misplaced the box
HDD: Western Digital 640 GB Caviar Black SATA 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk
PSU: 550W Rosewill something or other
OS: Windows 7 64-bit

If there's anything in there that any of you think might be worth upgrading (within the 100-200 dollar range) let me know; otherwise, if my specs seem okay, maybe I'll just hold off on the upgrade until later. Some stuff I was bouncing around were crossfiring another video card (something I've never done before) or maybe buying an SSD (that would solve my long Windows booting issues, but I know it wouldn't improve my gaming much). I'm also running things on two 16:9 24" monitors. If there are any parts I left out that I should mention, let me know. Thanks in advance.

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November 20, 2011 6:14:39 AM
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If you're upgrading anything, get a new video card. It's not going to matter much for skyrim, or probably even me3, but bf will use everything you can throw at it. amd 6870 or nvidia 560 are probably in your price range. If you could squeeze a 6950 or 560ti, that would be better. Everything else looks ok. But you'd probably be ok holding out too. 5770 should be playable in bf3.
November 20, 2011 8:01:22 AM

Yeah, just get a new GPU like a 560. or 570
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November 20, 2011 6:00:06 PM

So if I wanted to upgrade the GPU, I'd be better off buying a new one as opposed to crossfiring with another 5770? It looks like 6870s and 560s can be had for about 170, so that's definitely within my price range, but I don't know if I can justify wasting a $100 card.
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November 20, 2011 11:08:23 PM

Dual 5770's would likely out-perform a single, standard 6850/6870 but not by much.

Personally, I would upgrade to the 6850/6870 seeing as they are quite affordable and run well when in CFX.
November 30, 2011 11:48:48 PM

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