Budget Range: 400 Before Rebates, could go to about 425-450
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies
Are you buying a monitor: maybe
Parts to Upgrade: Anything but hard drives/ssd and psu. I have a Corsair AX650. I need a cpu cooler
Do you need to buy OS: No, unless I buy a new mobo
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon
Parts Preferences: Ati, but I'll buy nvidia if its the best choice
Overclocking: Yes, mild
SLI or Crossfire: maybe
Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080
Additional Comments: I'd like a cheap ips monitor, but might rather get other hardware
Hardware I have:
Phenom IIx4 965BE w/ stock cooler. I was thinking about a hyper 212, because I'm not going to do any crazy overclocking (4ghz+)
xfx 6850 BE O.C. to 875mhz
Gigabyte 890-GPA-UD3H http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4gb Patriot DDR3 1600mhz ram
CM Storm Trooper case
Why Are You Upgrading: I could run some games a bit better.
My bottleneck is probably the GPU now, so I was considering adding another 6850, but I think I would prefer a 2gb card, like the 7850. Thanks in advance for any input.
7870 or gigabyte windforce GTX 670 <- beast performance for 350ish, even you can get 300ish on sale
and cooler master 212 evo, it will make sure your cpu to operate on normal temp while gaming thus ensure your system longetivity
but i am sorry to say that your phenom will bottleneck that 670
people will suggest you to save money for future intel i5 build
So my best bet is to spend most of the budget on a graphics card? Would that change if i could sell the 6850? I think I might be able to get around $100 US for it. Should I just put that money towards a future processor/mobo upgrade?
I'm starting to rethink spending all of my money on the gpu. i was considering upgrading to a XFX 7850, and buying a Asus VG23AH IPS monitor with it instead, and still get the cpu cooler. The non-reference cooler will let me overclock pretty well, and I'll be able to play whatever I want, although maybe with less eyecandy.