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Looking to upgrade for 200-300 bucks

post #1 of 15
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Looking to spend a little on my sigrig. Don't know what to upgrade sens everything needs it lol. What do you think would give me the biggest gaming performance increase for 200-300 dollars? Maybe 400 if the stars align.
Edited by timma100 - 10/22/11 at 2:56pm
post #2 of 15
That entirely depends on what you're doing with it...
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by jlells01 View Post
That entirely depends on what you're doing with it...
You sir! make a valid point. OP edited to reflect
post #4 of 15
I would say a GPU. 6950 maybe?
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post #5 of 15
Most all games nowadays are GPU bottlenecked, and your 955 certainly delivers plenty on the CPU side of things:



Without a doubt...upgrade that 460.
post #6 of 15
I'd also go GPU, your CPU should be fine for any single GPU you can get in the 200-300 range. I'd go for either a hd6970, or gtx570, whichever you can find a better deal on.
post #7 of 15
Go for a 6950 or 6970 I say. You won't see too much of an increase from a newer AMD cpu and unless your a big Civ5, GTAIV or another CPU heavy game player you don't need a new CPU.
The extra VRAM of the Radeons will come in handy. I ran out of VRAM frequently when I had a 570 and I'm on a single 22'' screen, but I like to play with HD texture packs and mods.
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GPU, then SSD.
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post #9 of 15
SLI the 460,

and maybe add an SSD to make your system faster, but that won't help gaming, except load times if you install the games on it.
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Second 460 and another monitor.
    
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