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$400 Whole-system upgrade

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December 25, 2012 5:55:36 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

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

Location: Chicago

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
4gb Patriot DDR3 1600mhz ram
Corsair AX650
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.

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 25, 2012 6:01:04 PM

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
December 25, 2012 7:18:12 PM

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?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 25, 2012 7:23:33 PM

yes get 670 atm even it will not work fully 100% potential because of phenom...
and you can save money for future intel build, i5 and mobo will cost you another 350
December 26, 2012 4:05:01 AM

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.

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 26, 2012 5:23:17 AM

^ very wise choice, both 7850 and ips LED are great investment

they will last long

and Asus VG23AH IPS is the exact same monitor i want to buy in the next couple months. great picks buddy :) 
December 27, 2012 4:41:40 AM

Best answer selected by fms714.