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Hey guys,

I am due to be moving soon and would very much like to upgrade my HTPC into a game and work PC. I was thinking about taking the existing system and sticking in an SSD and beefy graphics card.

I am a web developer so use PHPDesigner / NotePad++ a lot and also Photoshop every now again. I play WoW RAGE and Dues Ex.

I suppose I will end up needing a whole new PC which I don't mind but would rather avoid it.

Thoughts?
HTPC
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel i3-540 (3.06GHz) Zotac H55 A-E 4GB OCZ DDR3 10666 LowVoltage 250 GB WD 2x 1TB F3s, 1 2TB F4 
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None Windows 7: Ultimate x64 LG 42LD450 Fractal Design Array R2 
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Intel i3-540 (3.06GHz) Zotac H55 A-E 4GB OCZ DDR3 10666 LowVoltage 250 GB WD 2x 1TB F3s, 1 2TB F4 
Optical DriveOSMonitorCase
None Windows 7: Ultimate x64 LG 42LD450 Fractal Design Array R2 
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I wouldn't reccomend buying an SSD as of this time, I see you have plenty of storage space and your mobo won't take full advantage of the SSD speed capabilities.

In terms of graphics I suggest either a 6770 or a 5770 if you're looking for a card around $110. If you want to spend a little more, the 6850 is a great buy ($145) and would do well with your system. If you are willing to spend in the $200 range, then a GTX 560Ti is your best value video card. Just remember, if you're willing to spend that much on a video card, then you should try and just upgrade your whole system and get a quad core.

Some links:
6770
6850
560Ti
post #3 of 3
You can get SSD for Primary storage. You motherboard might not be able to optimized it but the SSD still outperform HDD by noticeable margin. About upgrading your system, I only recommend you to get a Graphic Card. The card I can recommend is Radeon HD 6790, Radeon HD 6850 and GeForce GTX 550 Ti.
Anything faster will not worth unless you upgrade your CPU as well. But that won't be necessary if you already satisfied with your current CPU.
My sister use photoshop CS5 very often and she does not complain how Pentium E5800 at stock speed perform.
She just think about getting SSD because the HDD is very slow in loading and saving her work.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.7 GHz ASRock AB350 Pro4 PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 2x 8GB Crucial DDR4 2666 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung SSD 960 EVO 250 GB Samsung Spinpoint HD103SJ 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST4000DM001 4TB OCZ Vendetta 2 
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Windows 10 Professional LG 25UM58-P 2560x1080 60Hz Power Logic Xenon Sabre Seasonic P760 
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AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.7 GHz ASRock AB350 Pro4 PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 2x 8GB Crucial DDR4 2666 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung SSD 960 EVO 250 GB Samsung Spinpoint HD103SJ 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST4000DM001 4TB OCZ Vendetta 2 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Professional LG 25UM58-P 2560x1080 60Hz Power Logic Xenon Sabre Seasonic P760 
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