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Time for a upgrade, advice please.

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February 28, 2012 4:04:17 AM

So I'm looking to get a small upgrade done on my system. I think I know what route I want to take, but am looking for a little validation...

Firstly, the specs:
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
Intel Core i3-2100
16GB (4x4GB) Patriot RAM
2x HIS 5770's in Crossfire
Seagate 500gb 7200RPM Barracuda Primary
A 1tb and a 750gb backup drives
Some other stuff that probably isn't important in this decision.

So, I'm thinking that the best upgrade is one of three:

1) I drop my 5770's in favor for a Crossfired set of ??? (open to options)
2) Go for a Core i7-2600k.
3) Invest in an SSD for my boot

My system has never failed me for what I have wanted it to do, but I am getting a little extra spending money and thought if I didn't do it now, it might be awhile before I have a better chance.

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 28, 2012 5:28:04 AM

In Crossfire 5770 is almost equal with the old 5870 .Now is your decision. If like to play games sell the 5770 and buy a 6850 , 6870 video card ( i recommended this because are good budget video cards)
If work with your PC ( video rendering ,3D design and some other heavy programs) the i7 2600k is a good investment.
If you aford buy a bigger SSD 120-128GB for OS and other programs what you use mostly and need a quick boot.If not a 64GB for OS is a good investment.
February 28, 2012 5:51:01 AM

I guess I should have said, I can put $600 +/- into this, if that changes anything...
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 28, 2012 6:22:48 AM

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit
TOTAL : $622.97 and 607$ after MIR.
For 20$ more you can buy this 6870 video card SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit
If you want an SSD just for OS then buy Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III today is on $64.99. And buy a Nvidia 560Ti.
February 28, 2012 4:20:47 PM

Best answer selected by scottiemedic.