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Old February 20, 2012, 05:35 AM
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this is not a thread about a new build... but i want some upgrade suggestions.

my system was build about a year and a half ago to be a budget gaming system.
however, i need just a little more punch.
i can't afford a new system, but i thought that i could upgrade my system.

here are the current specs:
- intel core i3-550
- asus p7h55
- 8gb 1333mhz ddr3 (4X2gb underclocked at 1066 for 8-7-7-20 timings)
- 500gb samsung hdd with 2tb seagate barracuda lp storage drive
- ati radeon hd5670 512mb graphics
- samsung sh-222bb dvd burner
- cooler master elite 311 plus chassis
- cooler master gx450 psu
- cooler master hyper 212 plus cpu cooler
- windows 7 home premium 64-bit

note that my psu is 450w.

would i be able to run a 6850? 6770? 7750? 7770? which one is best for me? i have 1080p monitor btw.
should i upgrade my cpu first? i dont video edit or render on this comp.
ssd? im willing i guess but they cost sooo much -___-

or possibly i could build a new system...... but i'd wait till the 7800 series radeons come out and ivy bridge chips come out. my budget for the upgrade is 500 bucks. for a new system if you have ideas to recommend.. 1300 bucks.

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Old February 20, 2012, 05:46 AM
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What games do you play ?
Your CPU will likely be a limiting factor, but I'd still get a new GPU first. I'd go for a 6950 (or better) or a 560ti (or better), that way it will probably give you a decent enough boost in performace and if you change CPU, they won't hold you back too much.
Along with that, I'd defitinively get a new PSU even if it might be sufficient. I'd go for a Corsair, Antec, Seasonic one(I surely have forgotten other brands, but others will suggest them). And I'd go for 520w or preferably for 600w (that way you have plenty).
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Old February 20, 2012, 06:09 AM
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My suggested upgrade would be a quality 600ish watt power supply (seasonic/corsair/antec/xfx are a few good ones) and graphics card. For the graphics card I would say a 6850/7770 as a minimum, but I would recommend a 6950 on the amd side or GTX 560Ti on the Nvidia side (right now). That said if you can hold off the 78xx or new nvidia cards should be just around the corner.

For the CPU it may start bottlenecking a new graphics card, so keep your eyes open for a used i5 750/760 or i7 860. I wouldn't spend the money on a new CPU for your platform. Wait it out and upgrade the CPU and motherboard later if you can't get a good deal on a used CPU IMO.
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Old February 20, 2012, 06:20 AM
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i play crysis 2 and battlefield 3.

thanks for the insight. im noticing some suggestions regarding a new psu and the 6950 or 78xx
i guess that will be an option ill look into more...

its so annoying how my 1156 platform is already old -___- hahaaa but i guess thats the way tech works
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Old February 20, 2012, 08:58 AM
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thanks for the insight. im noticing some suggestions regarding a new psu and the 6950 or 78xx
i guess that will be an option ill look into more...
While there are definitely better CPUs out there, your biggest bottleneck for gaming is by far the 5670. Hence the suggestions to fix that problem first (and a better power supply is required to do that). Just make sure that whatever graphics card you get will fit in your case (some of them are too long for some mid size cases).
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Old February 20, 2012, 09:36 AM
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PSU first, probably want a 600-650, and a 470/480 used for cheap(new 480's are $260), or a 6950 2GB and try to unlock it.
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About the PSUs, is the FSP Aurum 600W 80+ Gold a good one?
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Old February 21, 2012, 01:11 PM
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Bottomline even with a new PSU and GPU that Mobo / CPU combo is going to hold you back from any "real performance gains"......personally I'd start at the "grass roots level" Mobo / CPU / PSU / GPU
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Old February 21, 2012, 01:42 PM
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Your system will easily run a 6850 no problem and possibly a 6870 as is. Then find agood deal on an i5 750/760 or i7 860. You will need a PSU if you go any further than that.
Even the 6870 may be a bit too much, and definitely any graphics card more powerfull than that. I wouldnt even suggest any overclocking at that point until you get a PSU of 550-650W.

But if your budget is 500 for an upgrade, Get the PSU/CPU/GPU and you shouldnt have to spend more than that and could still end up with a pretty fast gaming rig.
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NCIX Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked CPU & ASUS P8Z68-V Pro GEN3 Motherboard - Bundle Deals - 2500K-P8Z68-VPro-Gen3

PNY GeForce GTX 560 XLR8 Black Box 810MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card - PNY Technologies Inc - VCGGTX560XPB

slightly more than what you wanted to spend by about $150 but if you sold your old cpu + mobo...
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