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After not really using my current gaming pc for about a year, I'm finally coming back and I think it needs a bit of an upgrade.

I don't have a solid budget yet, but I'm going to say $800 - $1200 depending on what I can get. Most of what I have now will have to be scrapped, but I should be able to reuse the SSD, PSU, optical drive, and case. This build will be strictly for gaming at 1440p resolution and I don't plan on overclocking.

What I need help with is choosing parts. I don't know what the landscape is like anymore or if this is the right time to buy anything new if something way better is less than a year away. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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KUL - ES-87 SeaSonic - 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular... Fractal Design - Define R4 G400 
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do you mine? If not, you're in luck. your video cards are much sought after for mining and fetch a premium price. You can get a better single card for the price of your used cards. (if you do mine though you need to keep those things, mining cards are ridiculously overpriced)

CPUs just haven't advanced that much. If you can gt a good overclock out of your current chip it may be worth keeping, at least for a while. There is faster stuff out there, but it's not ohmhgod! faster.

You are short on memory. 8gb is kind of a minimum these days.

IF YOU MINE:
keep your old rig pretty much as it is, maybe downgrade your PSU a bit and salvage your nice case. Buy something cheap and use your old ones for your new gaming rig.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: GeIL EVO Leggara Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($314.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Sentey CS1-1398 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $841.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-12 12:09 EST-0500)

You will notice the case and PSU are both abject crap. This is because you use them to transfer your old rig to, then put the new stuff in your old case. the new (old) mining rig will probably be loud. If it needs more fans buy the $5 crappo fans. Put the hing in the basement, set it up headless, and ignore it.

IF YOU DON'T MINE

buy a 780, sell your old cards for almost what it cost, and keep going. If you're itching to use up that budget you'll probably have about $600 left. You can handily get a 470k/mobo/memory for that.
New gaming rig
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4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
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crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
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Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
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4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
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came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply. I actually don't mine so I'd be perfectly happy selling my old cards. Why are they sought after if they're old?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel - Core i7-4790K  MSI - Z87-G45 EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Crucial - Ballistix Tactical 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial - MX200 500GB Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM Windows 10 Dual U2711 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
KUL - ES-87 SeaSonic - 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular... Fractal Design - Define R4 G400 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial - MX200 500GB Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM Windows 10 Dual U2711 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
KUL - ES-87 SeaSonic - 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular... Fractal Design - Define R4 G400 
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post #4 of 6
the bitcoin mining software was written specifically to run on them. As such they run it very very quickly, and for that one puprose are actually faster than much more expensive cards.
New gaming rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
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post #5 of 6
Throw in a 256GB SSD. I can't imagine going back to HDD only.

You should be able to get a Samsung 840 for around 140 bucks.
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Originally Posted by SlvrDragon50 View Post

Throw in a 256GB SSD. I can't imagine going back to HDD only.

You should be able to get a Samsung 840 for around 140 bucks.
He's re-using his 256GB Samsung 830 which is more than fine.
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Samsung 512GB 830 SSD LG USB DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooling Socket 2011 Win7 x64 Ultimate 
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Debian amd64 7.2 LG 47" LX9500 TV 5x1P Dell U2713HM Ergonomic Microsoft wired keyboard 
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OCZ ZX 1250W APLUS Case Monolize, ATX, Black, 2x250mm Fans Logitech MX518 generic 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 512GB 830 SSD LG USB DVD-RW Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooling Socket 2011 Win7 x64 Ultimate 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Debian amd64 7.2 LG 47" LX9500 TV 5x1P Dell U2713HM Ergonomic Microsoft wired keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
OCZ ZX 1250W APLUS Case Monolize, ATX, Black, 2x250mm Fans Logitech MX518 generic 
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