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What are some plausible upgrades I can do to my build?

post #1 of 5
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I prefer to spend little as opposed to a lot (around $100 to 300). Here is my current build:

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CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M4A79T DELUXE ATX AM3 Motherboard
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.28 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($121.98 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $449.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-25 10:26 EDT-0400)

What are some of my best upgrade options at a low cost? I haven't researched in parts in awhile so I'm completely lost these days. I built this around 3 years ago. I have two monitors and my keyboard and mouse were on the very expensive side; so I don't need either of those. What can I do? Please help, and thanks in advance!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Moth 2 x SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 
Hard DrivePowerCase
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V Cooler Master HAF 912 
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Moth 2 x SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 
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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V Cooler Master HAF 912 
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post #2 of 5
$100-300 doesn't give you many major options. I think the best bang for your buck would be an (and I really hate saying this) SSD. Aside from that, you could replace your 955 with an 1100T or 1055T.
post #3 of 5
Sell both of your 6870s and add that to your upgrade pool.

GPU is going to be the biggest. Sell the two 6870s and grab something like a 270x or greater from AMD or a 750 TI or better from NVidia. Hit the forsake/trade forum here and on other sites to save money.

SSD would be nice as a bootdrive 128-256gb samsung 840 evo would do nicely. Put all your apps and the os on the ssd and your games/storage on your current drive.

I wouldn't make the move to an x6 with that board. Just get a decent overclock on your CPU and northbridge. Cpu in the 3.6-4.0Ghz range and NB in the 2800-3200 range. I can't see your sig rig, on mobile, so if you are overclocked then ignore this part.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon E3-1245 V2 ASUS P8Z77-V SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC Radeon R9 290X 4GB  Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB DDR3 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M550 256GB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5-Inch 1TB 7200 RPM Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2730Z Cooler Master Quickfire Pro Unbranded (Tenkeyless) SeaSonic SG12 550W Fractal Design Define S 
MouseAudioAudioOther
Mionix Avior Swan M10 Philips Fidelio X1 Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2720QM Logic Board Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD 6750M 1gb Crucial 16GB 1333MHZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750gb Hitachi 5400rpm 8x double-layer SuperDrive OS x 10.7.4 15.4" LED-backlit glossy widescreen display 144... 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Keyboard Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter 2011 Unibody Magic Trackpad 
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Built-in Stereo Speakers with Subwoofer 
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Intel Xeon E3-1245 V2 ASUS P8Z77-V SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC Radeon R9 290X 4GB  Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB DDR3 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M550 256GB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5-Inch 1TB 7200 RPM Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2730Z Cooler Master Quickfire Pro Unbranded (Tenkeyless) SeaSonic SG12 550W Fractal Design Define S 
MouseAudioAudioOther
Mionix Avior Swan M10 Philips Fidelio X1 Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2720QM Logic Board Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD 6750M 1gb Crucial 16GB 1333MHZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750gb Hitachi 5400rpm 8x double-layer SuperDrive OS x 10.7.4 15.4" LED-backlit glossy widescreen display 144... 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Keyboard Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter 2011 Unibody Magic Trackpad 
Audio
Built-in Stereo Speakers with Subwoofer 
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post #4 of 5
The 6870s are 1GB cards. 1GB of VRAM doesn't go very far nowadays.
post #5 of 5
As has already been said. Either sell both your GPU's and replace with one better one or get an SSD.

If your smart you might even be able to do both. 60Gb SSD's can be picked up for peanuts now and would be ample for just your OS.
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2600K @ 4.8ghz Z77 Sabertooth R9 290 8GB Samsung 30nm @ 1866mhz 
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M500 240GB SSD 3x 3TB HDD's Sony DRU-V200S Custom water cooling 
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Windows 7 64bit QNIX 27" 1440p @ 96Hz Ducky 1008 BeQuiet 1200w 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
M500 240GB SSD 3x 3TB HDD's Sony DRU-V200S Custom water cooling 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64bit QNIX 27" 1440p @ 96Hz Ducky 1008 BeQuiet 1200w 
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