Can you guys help me finish my pc upgrades?

Ok i have been slowly upgrading my pc, it is almost done,but i am having trouble deciding what to get now,for my budget i am getting 100$ that my sis owes me on the 15th of this month,and i MIGHT be selling my old rig to a coworker for 400$(if not i will try to sell it on craig'slist),so i may have $500 to spend on upgrades,and mabye even more if i can sell off an old server tower i have lying around.

Ok here is my current system specs:

CPU:AMD FX-8150 @3.6ghz
CPU COOLER:Cooler Master Hyper 212+
MOBO:ASUS ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
GPU:Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB
RAM:2x4GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1600mhz
CASE:Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
PSU:Cougar 1000w
HDD:Seagate 1.5TB SATA II 7200RPM drive
Keyboard:Razer Arctosa
Mouse:Razer Deathadder
Headset:Turtle Beach X12(barrowing from my xbox,cause my 60$ 5.1 surround headset broke after 6 months)
Speakers:Logitech X-530
Gamepad:MadCatz Wired Xbox 360 controller
Monitor:1x Samsung SyncMaster 2333HD 23" 1080p Mointor/TV,and a 1x 17" HP widescreen 1400x900(with VGA hookup only)and i can't even use the HP with my new video card.

Thank you guys for all the help.
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  1. Did you have something in mind? I'm a little confused as to what you want to do with this computer when all is said in done. If you are gaming, you might consider a change over to I5-2500k with a new motherboard. For anything else, i'm really having trouble seeing any upgrade that would be worth your time and money given your current setup. :??:
  2. Well i do game a lot,but i do also plan on recording gameplays with fraps,and then editing and uploading it,but also i am wanting to start learning coding,photoshop,3D modeling and other stuff related to making video games,cause i think that is what i want to do with my life.

    Also when i bought my cpu+mobo,i was at a store called frys,and i was considering a the 8150 or the 2500k,but looking the mobo's they had in stock,i could not find a board that had the stuff i wanted from it(SATA 3,USB 3,support for 2 or more crossfire/SLI)within my budget.
  3. I suppose you could get a ssd or something...
  4. I'm normally not the first to suggest specific parts, but given that you are going into production and 3d modeling, i am going to say you would need to get hyperthreading.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115071
    i7 2600 (would suggest the k version due to overclockability, but to stick within your $500 budget, this is what we have to go with) $299.00

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $199.00

    You could also go down to the non-sandy bridge i7's, but i think the performance benefits of the sandy bridge will definitely help with where you're going with this. I'm also not sure what your hardware the hyper 212+ comes with, so you may need to purchase another cooler for this. You could also pick up another stick of that ram depending on how far into the video game production you want to go, but for just playing games, it should not be neccessary.
  5. kelthic said:
    I'm normally not the first to suggest specific parts, but given that you are going into production and 3d modeling, i am going to say you would need to get hyperthreading.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115071
    i7 2600 (would suggest the k version due to overclockability, but to stick within your $500 budget, this is what we have to go with) $299.00

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $199.00

    You could also go down to the non-sandy bridge i7's, but i think the performance benefits of the sandy bridge will definitely help with where you're going with this. I'm also not sure what your hardware the hyper 212+ comes with, so you may need to purchase another cooler for this. You could also pick up another stick of that ram depending on how far into the video game production you want to go, but for just playing games, it should not be neccessary.


    Well i am happy with my current cpu+mobo,cause it's not as bad as people say it is,it's not bad in games,the temps are not bad at all(43c MAX under gaming load) plus this cpu is great at multi tasking,i once was playing BF3,and alt-tabbed for a sec,and noticed i had a lot of stuff running at the same time(15 programs,and google chrome with 15 tabs running)and there was no noticable frame rate drop at all.

    I have been thinking mabye i should get a storage upgrade,and mabye a new headset(so i can return my X12's to my xbox),i am also wondering would selling my hp screen(since i can't even use it) getting a second screen that i can acctually use be a good idea? If so do you also have any suggestions for that?
  6. Actually, there are a few upgrades you can do. SSD, Better branded power supply or another 7970.
  7. As suggested above, you could start with an SSD for a boot drive and keep programs you want to load quickly on that as well.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706.

    that's the model from tom's best ssds for the price @$170 list from Feb 2012 (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-review-benchmark,3139-3.html). Looks like the price has gone up some though.
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