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I recently decided to put $100 into my rig, and I am wondering what you guys think I should upgrade. Now this $100 must include Tax+Shipping. I would prefer upgradable components. So post below what you think I should upgrade, I am at the moment running a GT 430 (I would love to get rid of that), a AM2/AM2+/AM3 Motherboard (its a hybrid), a quad-core AM2+ CPU (locked multiplier), a Sata 3.0 Gbps 7200 rpm 1.5 Terra-byte hard-drive, and a 430W Corsair PSU.
post #2 of 17
i didn't see any gpu's on newegg that i think are worth $100. rolleyes.gif If you don't mind buying used, the marketplace has gtx280, 4890, and 5830. each of them are in the $70-85 range.

otherwise, i'd suggest getting an ssd for your os drive. it really is a gigantic improvement. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
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^^^ As post above said, SSD for sure. SeanWebster here has a SSD buyers guide thread, check it out.
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I personally don't see the merit of a SSD, I have no problem with response, and or speed. I am not just buying because I have money, and a SSD does not seem like a good use of money. I would rather buy a case with that money then have a speedier boot!
post #6 of 17
get rid of the AM2+ Phenom I and use the $100 to buy a phenom II x4 or an athlon II x3.
you'll notice a big difference in speed.

stick with the GT430 for now unless you want to game at 1920x1080.
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My GT 430 is running a 960p and a 1080p, dual monitor (one for gaming, other for random stuff like watching Macgyver), and I forgot to mention it is a Phenom II X4, didn't I? I also Multitask a-lot, and then some...
post #8 of 17
Depends what you do. For gaming, that 430 HAS to go. Like some mentioned here, you can get a used 5830 or something similar for around $100 (6850, 460, etc). If your doing everything but gaming, I would save up some money and upgrade to a current platform (Sandy/Ivy Bridge is very affordable if you live near a Microcenter)
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I like (more like LOVE) to game, I also do some basic graphic design, not enough to warrant a new rig though. If you have any graphic card you would recommend please let me know, I also would like to point out that I don't need to upgrade, so please make it something of use, not just buying to buy.
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Originally Posted by jacobwt226 View Post

I personally don't see the merit of a SSD, I have no problem with response, and or speed. I am not just buying because I have money, and a SSD does not seem like a good use of money. I would rather buy a case with that money then have a speedier boot!

Trust me, SSD is one noticeable upgrade you can get. A 64 GB SSD is all you will need.

The way I see it, you can sell that GT 430 and get HD7770.
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