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Here are my current specs:

i3 3220 3.3ghz

4gb G.Skill Ram @ 1333mHz

HD Gigabyte 7750

1tb Black Caviar (Found in time capsule that i pulled apart)

Bitfenix Prodigy

Any suggestions for upgrades? ~ Budget $500

- Jake
post #2 of 19
3570k and 7950
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3570k and 7950

^^ go with that. 7950 is the best card for the price to performance, 7870 is also great, I have one!
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Edited by Jakestax - 3/26/13 at 10:15pm
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can you maybe suggest a nvidia card?

-Jake
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can you maybe suggest a nvidia card?

Since you only have a small upgrading budget to work with... an AMD GPU will be your best bet.

AMD = better price to performance.

NVIDIA = better overall performance but cost more.

here are the 7970s: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=193_1309&vk_sort=4

ignore the ASUS ROG ARES 2 for now. (that is 2x 7970's in Crossfire on 1 Single Card)

and here are the 680's: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=193_1377&vk_sort=4

As you can see the price is huge, here is the benchmark details: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/508?vs=555

^^ keep in mind I used the standard 7970 and standard 680, the 7970 performs better than the 680 in some scenarios and the 680 performs better than the 7970 in some scenarios, and as I have linked above the 7970 of a budget like yours is a lot cheaper.



Now let's get too the 7950 vs 670: (which is what you will want to know, the 7950 is usually paired with the 670 or 660ti, I used the 670 in this scenario).

670: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=193_1387&vk_sort=4

7950: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=193_1311&vk_sort=4

As you can see the price difference is quite large: (hence your budget)

here is the benchmarks between the 2 cards: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=598

As you can see the 670 and 7950 are very close in benchmarks. 670 wins in some and the 7950 wins in some.

Therefore my recommendation would be a 7950.

last sentence biggrin.gif If you had... $800-1000 to spend on a new CPU and GPU upgrade, you'll want to go for a 680 and a 3570k or a 3770k, there is only be a 1-3 fps difference between the 3570k and the 3770k in games. If you seriously considering going with NVIDIA then save up some more $$

NVIDIA = better overall performance but cost more.
Edited by BrighteousPony - 3/27/13 at 1:21am
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post #8 of 19
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thanks so much i appreciate your recommendations! Thank You!

- Jake
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When I built my first (current) rig, for some reason I thought AMD GPU's weren't compatible with Intel CPU's, lol :X
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SSD

Samsung 250GB = $170

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-MZ-7TD250BW-Series-Solid-2-5-Inch/dp/B009NHAEXE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1364448995&sr=8-5&keywords=samsung+500+gb


GPU

Radeon 7950 = $300 ($270 if you count the MIR, with 2 free games Bioshock Infinite & Crysis 3)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150588


Total Spend = $470 ($440 if you count the MIR)
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