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Hey guys,
Tax return has come in and I have a few hundred dollars to spend probably around $500.

I know that my rig is really out of date now and needs to be replaced but I can't afford it all at the moment, so with that what do you think I should upgrade? It has been a long time since I have build a computer so I am very out of the loop. Or should I just try and save up a bit more and build something completely new?

Any ideas would be great as I am not sure where to start these days.
Thanks guys and if we could keep things in Australia that would be great because the prices here are WAY higher than the US

Thanks heaps!!
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It would be advisable to save up and build from scratch. But since that could take a while to save up for, you can upgrade to a 7970. Should give you a noteworthy performance boost over your 6850 without being bottlenecked by your CPU. And it should be good value for performance if the US price cuts hold true for Australia.

If you have leftover money after getting the 7970, you can invest in an SSD since you don't have one. Even a mid-grade 120GB drive will show a world of difference in loading times and boot times. It should be good enough for a boot drive + apps/games drive.

Also, if you haven't overclocked your CPU yet, you should consider getting a CPU cooler (can't give specific suggestion, sorry) and overclock your CPU to alleviate any sort of potential bottleneck on the 7970.

P.S. Might want to check how your PSU is doing. You have 3 HDDs, and an overclocked 7970 has its power requirements.
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post #3 of 5
Yup, for now, a new GPU and SSD will bring that rig a new lease of life, coupled with an OC to around 3.8 or so if you can. You'll be surprised how capable the Phemon still is.

If you want to save $$, you could hop on Gumtree and find a second hand GPU. I'd get a new SSD though. Then sell your existing GPU to help fund the exercise.

If you upgrade later, you can transfer the SSD and GPU across.
Edited by mongen - 7/13/13 at 9:29pm
 
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Ur RAM be a more specific bro wats the ram frequency timming voltage etc other then that i would say a motherboard n GPU n if possible SSD update would b a good update or a CPU+motherboard+GPU update redface.gif

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get a CF supported motherboard get another 6850 from OCN hut the market place wink.gif n you can have ample of space for other thing like PSU or SSD thumb.gif
Edited by Tarun - 7/14/13 at 4:53am
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I would get a gpu such as the gtx 760 and an ssd.
Edited by South80 - 7/14/13 at 3:55pm
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