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Here's my rig, feel free to comment on what i should upgrade if i had $300 to spend.

Motherboard: Biostar TZ68A+
CPU: i5-2500k
Memory: 16GB GSKILL ripjaws 2133
GPU: 2x Sapphire 6950 2gb Dirt 3
Cooling: Corsair H80
PSU: Antec 620 neo eco
Boot Drive: Crucial M4 128gb
Storage: Seagate Baracuda 2TB

i'm guessing motherboard but i'm interested in hearing what u guys think
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post #2 of 17
Well yes i guess the motherboard could be upgraded to a Z77 board, then the CPU, and maybe instead of crossfire 6950's a single powerful GPU would do. like a 7970 or GTX 680
    
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post #3 of 17
I'm guessing PSU....

As long as the motherboard has all the features you need then there is no point in upgrading. Provided it can still overclock decently as well.
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i would go with the psu. that gives you more Upgradeability in the furture
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post #5 of 17
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would doing the following make sense?

sell my 2 6950 dirt 3 UNLOCKED on amazon, should get at least 500 total
buy a 7970

i can use my onboard graphics for the short period of time. no big deal. is it worth the trouble? i could always crossfire it later.
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post #6 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simplynicko View Post

would doing the following make sense?
sell my 2 6950 dirt 3 UNLOCKED on amazon, should get at least 500 total
buy a 7970
i can use my onboard graphics for the short period of time. no big deal. is it worth the trouble? i could always crossfire it later.

For one monitor I think I would grab a 7870,should max anything,and leave you money for a new modular PSU,Z68 board and small cache SSD.
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post #7 of 17
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For one monitor I think I would grab a 7870,should max anything,and leave you money for a new modular PSU,Z68 board and small cache SSD.

sorry, i have 2 monitors. forgot to mention that.
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post #8 of 17
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sorry, i have 2 monitors. forgot to mention that.

Well,if you just game on one same difference. A GTX 580 might be in range also with the price drops.
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post #9 of 17
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sorry, i have 2 monitors. forgot to mention that.

Still you are only gaming on one (I hope). I would sell your two cards and grab either a 680 or a 7970.
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post #10 of 17
Get a third monitor for eyefinity or something. You don't need an upgrade for gaming. No $300 expenditure will improve your play experience, unless your current 2 monitors are matching (allowing for an eyefinity upgrade). Save for a better monitor solution or a more comprehensive upgrade later.

PSU is fine. No reason to upgrade... the 7900 series doesn't use more power than the 6900 series if I recall correctly.

If you really want to spend the money because someone will steal it from you if you don't, upgrade your desk or something. You could upgrade your motherboard... if a super-high overclock is important to you. But you're not going to see a real-world benefit.
    
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