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So I was running;

AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition
M4N98TD EVO

Now have a 8320 sitting at 4ghz in an ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X . Have a 750W PSU.

I am using a GTX 560, now I know that's pretty old, but I can run most games at 1920x800 at Max seetings. Have $300 burning a whole in my pocket here.

What would you do?
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital  Western Digital  Sunbeam Tech Core Contact Freezer CPU Cooler Windows 7 
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Asus HD Widscreen Logitech Raidmax 750W Antec 902 
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post #2 of 19
Video card without a doubt. You can get almost tiwce the performance from a GTX 670. But it is about $30 over your budget. I'm not usually an advocate of ATI video cards, but the HD 7970 is right about the same level for $300

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

If not a video card, I would get an SSD, maybe two! Unless your PSU is terdriffic. Then yea, PSU.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 PRO 128Gb SSD Intel 160 Gb SSD Intel 250 Gb SSD Generic DVD-RW 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2 x Noctua (NF-P12-1300 )1300rpm Premium Silent... 2 x Corsair Air Series SP120   COUGAR CF-V12H Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing  Monsoon 90° Rotary Angle Fitting - 5/8" - Red 
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Bitspower Dual / Single D5 Top Upgrade Kit 100 ... ModMyToys DreamFlex Premium 3/8" ID Tubing Reta... Coolance Liquid Coolant Bottle, 700mL Fluoresce... Coolance PMP 450 Variable Speed D5 Pump 
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post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you. I will go by my local Tiger Direct this weekend and check their prices.
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AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socke... ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X  Nvidia GeFORCE GTX 770 Classified w/ ACX CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital  Western Digital  Sunbeam Tech Core Contact Freezer CPU Cooler Windows 7 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital  Western Digital  Sunbeam Tech Core Contact Freezer CPU Cooler Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus HD Widscreen Logitech Raidmax 750W Antec 902 
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post #4 of 19
If you can't get a 7970 for $300, the 7950 is the next best thing.

But eh, I personally would go with a GTX 760.
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
What about this?

EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Video Card - 4GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0 (x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI-D, 1x Dual-Link DVI-I, 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, DirectX 11.1, SLI, Dual-Slot, ACX Cooler, (04G-P4-2768-KR)

Asus GeForce GTX 670 GTX670-DC2-2GD5 Video Card - 2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0, 1x Dual-link DVI-I, 1x Dual-link DVI-D, 1x Display Port, 1x HDMI, DirectCU II, SLI Ready, Overclocked is $50 more and is only a 2GB
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital  Western Digital  Sunbeam Tech Core Contact Freezer CPU Cooler Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus HD Widscreen Logitech Raidmax 750W Antec 902 
MouseMouse PadOther
Razer Death Adder Razer Logitech C110 Webcam 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital  Western Digital  Sunbeam Tech Core Contact Freezer CPU Cooler Windows 7 
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post #7 of 19
wait in 8th october for 280x and its 299usd price
Wanted: Wanted: R9 290/X/R9 390/X
$165 (USD) or best offer
  
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Wanted: Wanted: R9 290/X/R9 390/X
$165 (USD) or best offer
  
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post #8 of 19
If you have a Raidmax PSU take it out and shoot it before it kills your PC

Unless its the Raidmax AE its Andyson made junk
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WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  LG CH12NS30 5x Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15 
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post #9 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by pozativenrgy View Post

So I was running;

AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition
M4N98TD EVO

Now have a 8320 sitting at 4ghz in an ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X . Have a 750W PSU.

I am using a GTX 560, now I know that's pretty old, but I can run most games at 1920x800 at Max seetings. Have $300 burning a whole in my pocket here.

What would you do?

I would get rid of that POS raidmax PSU,,,
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amd 965x4 asus,m4n72-e asus gtx 570 1.25gb 8gb 800 gskill ddr2 
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HAF 922
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902
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I5 3570k sabertooth Z77 asus gtx970 dcII 4gb 16gb gskill ripjaws 1600mz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
seagate sata 1 tb samsung 840 evo 250gb ssd lg blueray corsair H105 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
windows 10 home  asus 27inch 1080p  acer 24 inch 1080p acer 24 inch 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
logitech G110 corsair tx 750watt fractual design define XL R2 mx518 
Audio
sony wireless,,,headphones 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
fx 6300 asus m5a99X evo asus gtx 670 2gb  8gb 1600mhz gskill ripjaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
corsair 120gb ssd WD 1 tb 7200rpm lg blueray H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
windows 7 home premium 50 inch 3d plasma 1080p,,smart tv logitech wireless  EVGA SuperNova G2 750 
CaseAudio
coolermaster 922 denon 7.1,home theatre 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
amd 965x4 asus,m4n72-e asus gtx 570 1.25gb 8gb 800 gskill ddr2 
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samsung 840 evo lg cheap zalman something cpu cooler??,,,works pretty good lg 22 inch 
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post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
I have already replaced the Raidmax with a Corsair
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital  Western Digital  Sunbeam Tech Core Contact Freezer CPU Cooler Windows 7 
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AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socke... ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X  Nvidia GeFORCE GTX 770 Classified w/ ACX CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital  Western Digital  Sunbeam Tech Core Contact Freezer CPU Cooler Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus HD Widscreen Logitech Raidmax 750W Antec 902 
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Razer Death Adder Razer Logitech C110 Webcam 
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