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$500 to upgrade my pc. opinions wanted!

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March 4, 2013 1:53:39 AM

I wondering how i should spend $500 on upgrading my pc and what will get me the most performance increase for my money.
here are my current specs.
cpu: phenom ii 965 c3 overclock to 3.9ghz
ram: adata 4gb 800mhz ddr2
mobo: asrock a770de+ am2:( 
gpu hd 6850
powersupply rosewill 630w 80+ certified. (recently bought)
case: nzxt guardian 921 rb
monitor: hp 20" 1600x900

any tips is much appreciated.
btw keep in mind if i buy another motherboard(I'm sure i will) i have to buy another copy of windows 7
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March 4, 2013 2:37:05 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ho8W
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ho8W/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ho8W/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.97 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $479.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 23:37 EST-0500)
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March 4, 2013 4:04:08 AM

seems well rounded. see no reason to upgrade. ave your money. in a year and a half what you have will be farther behind and really in need of an upgrade........... depending on what you do.


if you have to spend money buy a 24 or 27 inch monitor and see how it goes from there.
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March 4, 2013 8:05:56 AM

I say, stick with your rig until next year and see what happens.
Phenom II 965 and HD6850 can perform just fine for now.

Even now, I am still keeping my Q6600 and HD6850.
I get myself Crucial M4 128GB 18 months ago and I ordered last week Dell U2412M.
SSD made the biggest difference :) 
My plan for next year: CPU, mobo, RAM...and GPU if I still have some money...

I say, get an SSD and an 23-27" IPS monitor for this year (also a new GPU if you like).


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March 4, 2013 8:17:23 AM

The system is good, but if you did want to upgrade you could upgrade your CPU (Intel i5) and Motherboard. And if you wanted to you could add an SSD into the build. Other than that I don't see any need to upgrade.
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March 4, 2013 11:00:23 AM

CPU = AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
= $139.99

GPU = PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
= $184.99

MOBO = GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2 AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
= $48.99

RAM = Kingston HyperX Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX13C9B1RK2/8
= $43.99

STORAGE = Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
= $59.99

PSU = 600-650w PSU


= $495

Additional $45.99 for Rosewill Challenger [Case]


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March 4, 2013 12:17:27 PM

I would recommend a motherboard and ram upgrade to ddr3.
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March 4, 2013 12:50:12 PM

I would upgrade the CPU as well...

A lot of your system could be upgraded, I'd Say get a fairly decent motherboard first so that you can upgrade as you go maybe?

Also, Any specific reason why you need another copy of win 7?

(If youre referring to one CD key per PC you can still use it on a new MOBO just phone up support if you have any problems , I had to do the same when upgrading)
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