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Have $500-700 to spend on upgrade for gaming PC.

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February 17, 2013 6:49:35 AM

Hey I was looking to upgrade my PC to be able to run basically every game on highest settings. I don't really have a preference between AMD or Nvidia for my GPU. Basically I'm asking if this was your PC, and you had about $700 to upgrade this rig, what would you upgrade in order to achieve the aforementioned goal?

Mainboard : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
Chipset : Intel Z68
Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3300 MHz (overclocked on water to 4500MHz)
Physical Memory : 8192 MB (2 x 4096 DDR3-SDRAM )
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570
Hard Disk : ATA WDC WD20EARX-00P SCSI Disk Device (2000GB)
Hard Disk : Intel Raid 0 Volume SCSI Disk Device (240GB)
Monitor Type : Samsung SyncMaster - 27 inches
Monitor Type : Gateway HD2200 - 22 inches
Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RTL8188CE 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter
Operating System : Windows 7 Professional Professional 6.01.7601 Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
DirectX : Version 11.00
Windows Performance Index : 6.8 on 7.9

I appreciate ya'lls help.
Sean.
February 17, 2013 6:57:54 AM

What is your Power Supply? This will help us decide if you can get a dual GPU setup or not
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February 17, 2013 7:23:20 AM

With your budget you can even grab 2x7970/7950

The 7870XT offer much better price/perf as long as you're going more than 2 screens (3gb vram gets useful as you head onto more screens)
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February 18, 2013 1:38:17 PM

I have a 750W Corsair. Will that suffice with Crossfire?
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February 18, 2013 2:15:13 PM

seanmc122 said:
I have a 750W Corsair. Will that suffice with Crossfire?


I would also grab a new PSU, just so you have some headroom.

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $649.97

My recommended upgrades. Fully modular PSU + Silver rated.

EDIT: Also you can look into getting a $50 caching SSD to speed up your HDD further. These are different from normal SSDs by the way, you have to look specifically for a caching SSd.
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