Upgrade choices? 500-600 dollar budget.

here's what I have now:


CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V

in a 50 dollar case and with a 20 dollar optical drive.

my two upgrade paths: a second gigabyte 7870 and a fully modular PSU in a decent case (still ATX mid tower - probably looking at a 550D) or a bitfenix prodigy, asus's P8Z77 deluxe (the one with the VRM on the vertical sister card) and a 3570K (with h100i or h60)

to start with, I am open to any other upgrade suggestions, besides a watercooling loop.

I am only considering intel because they don't make mini-itx boards for AM3+ (and because asus's board looks sexy as hell.) and I really love the prodigy. it's so perfect for Lans, which I do often. the total cost of the prodigy upgrade would run me about 540-580 (dependent on the cooler I use) and the total cost of the 550D upgrade would be around 540 (I would get a corsair 850 professional gold PSU to go with my 550D and my new gigabyte 7870) and I might get a hyper 212 evo to go with it.

my question to you guys: what should I upgrade? I could upgrade just my PSU and GPU in my current rig and get a decent SSD (128 GB 840 pro) instead of the case. I could do quite a few things. but I really am looking at the prodigy. I would get a white one, so later I could get the fully modular PSU and get pre-done white sleeving. Or maybe I would do that instead of the CPU cooler. I might sell my CPU off, but if I change my mobo I won't be selling it, I'll be giving it to a friend. I would hold onto my case for another friend who might be building a PC.
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  1. PSU + SSD

    Everything else looks good. I wouldn't upgrade anything else. Just not worth it at the moment.
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