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Hey everyone,

I got a friend of mine looking to do some upgrades to his rig. Looking to spend no more than $500 CND.

Right now, he has an E7200 at stock with an ATI 5750, 4gb of DDR2 ram and an OK power supply. I think he would benefit most from getting a 560 Ti and a CPU cooler so I can help him overclock that chip. What do you guys think? He could do an upgrade to sandy bridge on that budget, but I don't know if that would get him the best performance.

Thanks!
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When I decide I upgrades I always weigh need vs. future proofing.

In this case I would say that he should go with a SB upgrade first. Next-gen doesn't come out for roughly another 6 months, and the only thing that -might- drop the prices to upgrade in this area is BD. It's a safe area to upgrade at this time and will be a solid performance boost.

On the other hand, GPU prices and deals happen all the time. Does he need a better gpu right now? Probably not till the end of this year when the biggest games are coming out. So no real need to upgrade at this moment. If BF3 came out this month, it would be a different story. I'd say wait on the GPU and start saving.

A solid upgrade to the core+mobo will go a long way and open up more options in the future. Especially if he doesn't need an upgrade to graphics right now, better to start future proofing. Plus a weak CPU+mobo will bottleneck a good gpu card.
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What resolution does he play at? If he is playing at a low resolution go for a new mobo and CPU. At low resolutions FPS are more CPU dependent then at high resolutions. After that he has a stable platform to further his rig when more money comes in.
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