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

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February 5, 2013 1:55:45 AM

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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February 5, 2013 2:23:57 AM

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=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
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February 5, 2013 2:24:09 AM

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You are in a strange situation because your hardware is all out of date so replacing a motherboard means replacing everything and its probably not worth it to do any of that ..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
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February 5, 2013 2:43:41 AM

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-G...

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.
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February 5, 2013 2:51:42 AM

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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