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ok so im getting ready for school.. and i need advice. Should i just upgrade my sig rig? (Like add an SSD and a better video card? or should i build a whole new rig?
    
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What will the PC be used for and how much are you wanting to spend? Is it used for school only applications of will you be rendering and/or gaming with it as well?
    
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What will the PC be used for and how much are you wanting to spend? Is it used for school only applications of will you be rendering and/or gaming with it as well?
oh im going to be gaming for sure, especially with Battle Field 3 coming out soon. Im willing to fork over 1000?
    
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If you are into heavy gaming then you will benefit from a new build but the cpu you have is by no means a slouch, you could get by with a new graphics card for now. If you are looking for a nice step in performance then go for a 2500k with a gtx 560ti or hd 6950 for bf3 bliss

It all depends on your budget and what you want from your pc
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SSD, Wait for a sale and buy a decent one: Crucial C300/M4 Intel 510, etc.
And a GPU again one that is cheap check out the unlockable 6950s some people are selling


btw where in NM, i used to live there
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oh im going to be gaming for sure, especially with Battle Field 3 coming out soon. Im willing to fork over 1000?
With a grand as budget I'd say build a new one and sell the old one!
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SSD, Wait for a sale and buy a decent one: Crucial C300/M4 Intel 510, etc.
And a GPU again one that is cheap check out the unlockable 6950s some people are selling


btw where in NM, i used to live there
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With a grand as budget I'd say build a new one and sell the old one!
im planning on giving it to my little brother if i build a new one. He can start gaming more.
    
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Build an i5 2500k Based rig. As above said get a 6950 or higher... I don't think SSD are a good upgrade since they are very expencive. They are not worth the price right now for me...
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To be honest, I'm not sure why everyone is telling you to build new. SandyBridge with a nice GPU will be really tough to squeeze into 1000 bucks. maybe if you keep a lot of your old parts, like the case, HDD, ODD, maybe even the PSU, and the peripherals of course. I'd go with an upgrade, considering you're running a quad core at 4.0. with SB you're garunteed 4.5-4.6 with nice cooling, but you could do so much more for gaming if you upgraded instead of built a sandybridge. If I were you, I'd get the best card i could buy, maybe a better PSU if it needs it, possibly an SSD and call it a day. If you're worried about your CPU (I wouldn't be) then maybe see if you can pick up a nicely priced Q9650 or 9550, but I'd say you'd need closer to $1500 to build a solid SB.
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