Originally Posted by aprilmiles
so im looking to upgrade my pc for more gaming performance my pc specs are
amd phenom quad core 2.2ghz
6gb ddr2 ram
nvidia geforce gigabyte 560 ti oc
would it benefit me more upgrading my mb/cpu and ram to the i7 12gb ddr3 or would it be better for me to get the geforce 780 graphics card?
If it were me in your shoes, I would make a plan to upgrade it all, which begins with working out your budget. Since you're considering the GTX780, we can assume you're spending at least $650. With that much cash to work with, I suggest you can aim to upgrade the lot.
First, buy the CPU/motherboard/RAM.
i5 4670k $240
1150 motherboard $140
8gb DDR3 $80
CPU cooler $40
Total $500 (estimate which allows plenty of room for deals to save money)
That leaves you with $150 cash. Then you sell your AMD quad, motherboard, DDR2 RAM and 560ti as a package. You should *EASILY* get $200 for that. In the meantime, your i5 4670k has an on-board GPU to use in setting up and overclocking while you sell the gear.
Take that $350 or more, and get yourself a new GPU too. Should be able to get the new AMD R9 280x, a 7970ghz or stretch a few bucks to the cheapest GTX770 if you need to go for the green-team.
That's a full upgrade, within budget, and never losing the ability to use your PC in the process.
For example from Newegg.com:
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The only remaining question is your case/power-supply. Can your case fit these components, and can your PSU handle the wattage?
And if you decide to invest more in the CPU and less in the GPU, then you can downgrade the HD7970 to a 7950
or the GTX770 to GTX760
... all for about $100 or so less and upgrade the CPU to a 4770k for exactly that much.
The plan still works within your budget.
Edit - In fact, on reflection, I *HIGHLY* recommend that you go for the 4770k and a HD7950. Best bang for the buck and sets you up with the most longevity for the cheapest price.Edited by willibj - 10/8/13 at 11:59am