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I really would like to know what you're smokin' rolleyes.gifheadscratch.gif :kookoo.gif

Oops yea, I meant $350 and $200 for GPU. But still if he goes on the FS section $300 is easily doable.

Heck, I offered him my CPU and Motherboard for quite bit less than $250.
   
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If you need ssd, you can camp out newegg at 1pm (pdt) like I am doing to see the price for a Crucial M4 128gb ssd on shellshocker. Could be a good chance to pick one up cheap and use the saved funds towards card/monitor. But I think a monitor should be priority, your improved looks and performance will be wasted if you have to view it all through a scratched, yellow-line-running-down-the-center screen.

I purchased a 7870 for $300 on newegg last night. If the ssd is at or under $100, that leaves $150 for a monitor which should be doable. There is also the gtx480 still there for $210 if you want more spending room on items.
post #13 of 35
Word of advice, ensure w/e GPU you opt for doesn't get the bottleneck from your CPU. SSD is nice and all, but I agree with others, new GPU for sure!
post #14 of 35
Check out the "[Toms Hardware] Diablo III Performance, Benchmarked" thread that went up last night, your current setup will run it fine. I agree at some point you need the mobo/cpu/ram update, but honestly your system has plenty of life in it. Just go for a new monitor since it actually has flaws, and go for a new video card. I would wait on the mobo/cpu/ram overhaul until later this year when current tech prices really start to drop for the new tech rolling out this fall. I'm also a gamer on a budget thumb.gif
Edited by LBGreenthumb - 5/7/12 at 8:54am
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Going from Q6600 to any new intel cpu is pointless. The amount of money you spend for the mobo, cpu and ram(cheap as they may be) will get you what....5-15 fps more at times? I almost did it when BF3 was released, I kept searching for people still on Q6600 and finally came to the conclusion that if I could get the combo (mobo cpu and ram) for about 200 or less, it would be kind of worth it. To me spending around 500 on that to get say even 25 FPS more at times is just not worth it to me, especially since GPU prices are not bad at all. I remember when you HAD to shell out 500+ to get decent performance.

Get a SSD, their prices are dirt cheap these days. Then get a 580/570 for cheap. Used their what...300~ now?


Basically, if you have extra money floating around, then go ahead and get the new platform. Bench it if you do get it, not too much difference from Q6600. At least not enough to warrant the expense of upgrading anyways.
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For SSD Newegg is having a shell shocker today only from 1:00-2:59pm PT on a crucial M4 (128gb) for $100, I'd go for that personally, the M4s seem to have price dropped recently.

Edit: Sorry just read someone already posted this info, sorry for the double ganger just wanted to get it out there

For cheap GPU: http://www.overclock.net/t/1251518/fs-sapphire-flex-6970/0_30 He's asking $225 for a 6970, good stuff with your budget
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post #17 of 35
i5 2500K - $150
ASRock P67 Extreme (Rev 3) - $105
2x4GB 8GB Corsair Vengeance Black - $40

Thats a total of $295 right there. That leaves roughly $250.

EVGA GTX 460 SE 1GB DDR5 - $95
21.5in Acer monitor - $100

Thats a total of $445. Under your budget. Oh! And all items above are found here on the OCN Marketplace. You could also then recuperate some of the cost by selling off the old equipment. If you do that you could get another GTX460 for SLI or get yourself a SSD. I would go for the SSD. Not only will it handle the games but will be more efficient.

Edit: You may have to spend about $30 for a new cpu cooler. For $30 you can get a Hyper 212+ which will do quite nicely with the Antec 900 Case you have.

Edit: 2 or 3: I just realized that you have about $100 left so here is a:

Vertex 3 64GB - $60 shipped

That still leaves enough for you to purchase the Hyper 212+ that I mentioned above. And you could then still sell off your old equipment for a bit of profit or to upgrade your new rig further.

I think I win. biggrin.gif
Edited by Erick Silver - 5/7/12 at 9:01am
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I just upgraded to a 480 GTX and a 1440p IPS monitor for about $560 total. I would consider the same path for you too if your primary focus for upgrading is just to play D3. If you plan to play other cutting edge games with this upgrade then go a different route or up the budget for a beefier video card/ssd.
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You could also sell your old desktop parts and recover some of your money and upgrade whatever you didn't do initially.
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i would get a ssd and a new graphics card.. D3 won't be too taxing by the looks of things.
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/diablo-iii-performance-benchmark,review-32439.html

this. based on tom's tests, looks like D3 isn't very cpu extensive and a lot of gpus can sufficiently run the game. since you mentioned the issue with your monitor, go with it first since that helps in gaming and normal pc use. i would say gpu comes next, you can buy brand new or look at the OCN's marketplace for good deals from reputable members. if you have anything left, then go with a good ssd. good upgrades on these can carry over to your next build should you decide to upgrade your mobo/cpu/ram. gl thumb.gif
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