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March 11, 2013 1:35:06 AM

Hi all!

Last summer i built this rig,

Cpu : i5 2400 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80623i52400
Mobo : Gigabyte B75M-D3H http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gab75...
Gpu : hd 6670 DDR3 1gb http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr667...
Ram : Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx1600c9d...
Psu : Thermaltake 450w litepower http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/730
Monitor : LG IPS226V-PN 21.5" Monitor http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-ips226vpn

plus, an hhd 750gb WD, a Sony Dvdrw and a midi budget case (Thermaltake V2 Black) to fit all the above in.

The facts :

1) I was in a 800 Euro budget. I know overclocking is cool, lots of hours of fun, but drives you to more expensive cpu, mobo, psu, case + cooling solutions.
2)Had in mind to upgrade my gpu when i could afford it.
3)Next gen cpu's are in the corner.
4)No intetion of multi monitor setup or even buy a better monitor for a couple of years.
5)I play some games, but i'm not a hardcore gamer though.

All the above said, i have 2 upgrade paths (or if anyone could suggest a diff one, pls do) to follow.
Which is the right one? (Money wise, performance/bottlenecking wise, fun wise)

1) upgrade my gpu to gtx 660 (i'm confident that my psu can run it), and in a year or so (again when my pocket allows it)
upgrade everything.
Estimated cost : 200/250 Euros now + 1000+/- in a year

2) upgrade my gpu to gtx 670/hd 7950, buy a better case and a decent 600/650w psu and next year upgrade my cpu/mobo.
Estimated cost : 550/600 Euros now + 400+/- in a year

So? What you would do? :hello: 

Pls give me some arguments, some facts, any thoughts if you can.

Sorry for my bad English, not my native language.

TY for reading. :D 

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a c 87 U Graphics card
March 11, 2013 4:41:02 AM

Your CPU, motherboard, and memory are fine, so I'd recommend focusing on graphics upgrades. As you are not a heavy gamer, something such as a Radeon 7770 or Radeon 7850 or GTX 650 Ti or GTX 660 should be plenty and none of these are very expensive cards.
a c 204 U Graphics card
March 19, 2013 5:06:31 AM

if you can wait a few weeks amd dropping the 7790 video card.
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Sapphire-HD-7790-Bonai...
from the beta drivers and price right now the card is about 5 percent slower then a 7850.
depending how amd prices the card your going to see vendor dropping the price on both the 7770 and 7850 and some nvidia gpu. before you buy a new gpu look at the ps 12v rail check the wattage and amp rating. last thing you want to do is have the ps take out your rig.
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March 19, 2013 6:33:29 AM

thanx for the responses mates,

blazorthon said:
Your CPU, motherboard, and memory are fine, so I'd recommend focusing on graphics upgrades. As you are not a heavy gamer, something such as a Radeon 7770 or Radeon 7850 or GTX 650 Ti or GTX 660 should be plenty and none of these are very expensive cards.


I know, my cpu-mobo-ram are decent enough, and i was thinking about an hd 7950 for futureproofing (if there is such thing). Just trying to make an early upgrade plan, so i wont spend money that wont give me the performance boost they ment to give.
i was thinking more like upgrading gpu one year and cpu-mobo the next.

smorizio said:
if you can wait a few weeks amd dropping the 7790 video card.
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Sapphire-HD-7790-Bonai...
from the beta drivers and price right now the card is about 5 percent slower then a 7850.
depending how amd prices the card your going to see vendor dropping the price on both the 7770 and 7850 and some nvidia gpu. before you buy a new gpu look at the ps 12v rail check the wattage and amp rating. last thing you want to do is have the ps take out your rig.


Gpu prizes will drop the following weeks and thats good.
I think that the 7850 should serve me well now, but i dont want to upgrade my gpu for 2 years at least so i was thinking about 7950.
My psu has 2 12v rails rated 17A each and it says that its 34A rated combined. According to Hardwaresecrets.com review, its a decent 450w psu and its golded awarded from them.

thx again,

Snaider.
a c 87 U Graphics card
March 19, 2013 8:33:40 AM

Radeon 7850 or GTX 660 really are the best that I'd recommend with your PSU. If you want a better graphics card such has a Radeon 7950, which is a great card, then your PSU should be replaced. With the Radeon 7950, a PSU more like the XFX Proseries 550W (goes for around $70) is more preferable.
March 19, 2013 2:51:05 PM

blazorthon said:
Radeon 7850 or GTX 660 really are the best that I'd recommend with your PSU. If you want a better graphics card such has a Radeon 7950, which is a great card, then your PSU should be replaced. With the Radeon 7950, a PSU more like the XFX Proseries 550W (goes for around $70) is more preferable.


Ofc, my psu has only 1 6pin connector anyway.
That was the plan, to get a 600w psu and a new case to fit the 7950.

a c 87 U Graphics card
March 20, 2013 4:34:09 PM

There's no need for a PSU better than the XFX that I suggested with a Radeon 7950 and the rest of your system ;) 
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