I have 500 to upgrade my PC; where should I throw it?!

Here are my current specs,

AMD Phenom 940
4 Gig's of DDR2 800
180GIG HDD
460 gtx
m3a78 pro mobo


Any advice on the best upgrade path would be much appreciated!! Thanks!
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  1. what will you be using your PC for? gaming? at what resolution? do you have a copy of windows 7/8 to put on a new motherboard?

    (assuming gaming build for 1080p) hmmm....IMO, i would either hold out till you have a little more money to spend and get a whole new system, or go this route...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130637
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127678

    and then use the rest on a copy of Windows. that should come out to about $500. Crossfire the 7770 when you get the money.
  2. Phenoms are still quite capable processors . Roughly as good as a new intel dual core ... if you can overclock the phenom to around 3.5 GHz

    You are in a strange situation because your hardware is all out of date so replacing a motherboard means replacing everything and its probably not worth it to do any of that ..

    If this is for gaming , and if you have a 1080p monitor
    Id suggest waiting . In a month or two the newer Radeon 8870 and 8850 could be good upgrades . Similarly the nVidia GTX 660 could be an option now .

    Add a decent sized hard drive , or SSD as a boot drive

    and a cpu cooler to get the phenom running a bit harder
  3. Outlander_04 said:

    If this is for gaming , and if you have a 1080p monitor
    Id suggest waiting . In a month or two the newer Radeon 8870 and 8850 could be good upgrades . Similarly the nVidia GTX 660 could be an option now .


    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Radeon-GeForce-Delay-GPU-Next-Generation,20838.html

    it depends on what games he's playing as well. the cpu cooler isn't a bad idea too, he'll want one in the future anyway and might as well get the most out of the CPU you have now.
  4. Here's an option:
    Sell all, so you can get more money to buy a better new.

    Another option:
    Sell all, buy second-hand in order to afford even more.
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