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I was actually going to ask for an advice on a gaming pc under $1000, but seeing some suggestions for that price, I'm not sure if I should upgrade to another computer, or just get a gpu and ssd.

what you guys think?

my current setup:

CPU intel i7 930
GPU zotac GTX 660
MOBO asus p6t
RAM g.skill 18gb ram ddr3 (3x2gb + 3x4gb)
PSU corsair tx650w
HDD 2x wd green caviar 1tb

thanks
post #2 of 65
IMO don't change architecture, change the cooling for a beefier one so you can OC, replace the ram for a decent speed one and put most of your budget in a fast GPU (maybe keep the 660 a bit to best if a physx card is worth it ?).

SSD not sure:
may not be worth it (cant find game benches though)

edit: heck if you gonna spend 1 grand take to of them refurbished 980 ti lol
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I would recommend upgrading the entire rig.

Replace the i7 930 with an i7-6700k or i5-6600k. You should probably be able to reuse your current RAM. Obviously, you'll need a new motherboard too. Getting a new i7 + board is probably going to be over twice as fast as what you have now.

Replace the GPU with a beefy single GPU. I would suggest getting the strongest single GPU you can afford. Something like the GTX 980 or R9 Fury. Personally, I would say over half of your budget on a GPU is recommended. Sink the most money into the GPU, it is probably the most essential part.

All of this should be obtainable for under $1000.

Your HDDs, case, fans etc are fine. Though I might recommend you invest in a SSD because it doesn't look like you have one? You won't believe the speed difference/increase an SSD provides if you've never had one before. Windows loads in a few seconds, programs open instantly. I'd suggest basically any Samsung SSD like the 850 Evo. I'm happy with my 840 Evo. I'm not a storage expert though, maybe there's something better.

Hope this helps.
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I'd get the SSD + GPU and see if you are happy with gaming performance on your current i7-930. If you need a little more horsepower, then purchase the rest of the parts.
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Replace the i7 930 with an i7-6700k or i5-6600k. You should probably be able to reuse your current RAM.

I don't think he would be able to keep his ram if he goes to Skylake. He should be able to re-use his ram if he chooses an i5-4690k or i7-4790k tho.
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post #6 of 65
getting an SSD is a bit tough call. that sata 3gbs you have will get saturated.

but getting an uber cheap sandisk, which writes @200Mb/s reads @400Mbs, ~$50/256gb wouldn't be a bad idea.

and yeah, a gpu would make the biggest difference
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post #7 of 65
Get a cheap R9 290 and buy a SSD. Wait until Polaris/Pascal releases,then maybe after that you also upgrade CPU + MB. Your 930 is still a good CPU.

Maybe even for Polaris/Pascal!
post #8 of 65
I'm looking more into Skylake and Z170 boards on Newegg, and indeed it seems he would have to buy DDR4 RAM. Whoops, my mistake for that.

I think you could possibly get a 4790k and Z97 board and get probably 95% of the performance of Skylake and still probably double your CPU performance, as BinaryDemon mentioned. If you get used parts this could be done fairly cheaply.

An SSD is going to make a huge improvement, even if it's SATA2 300gbps (if you stay with the 930).

A used 290 is indeed a very good option. $200 on Amazon or Ebay. Waiting for Polaris or Pascal is also a good idea (I'm doing exactly that.)
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post #9 of 65
You have more than decent CPU and RAM.
Try to find a used 380x, your rig will fly smile.gif
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post #10 of 65
I honestly just got an xeon x3460 (equiv i7-860) and a p55 a month ago as a backup rig.

I benched it against my 2500k at stock for stock and there is 0 noticeable performance difference in the games i play (h1z1, dayz SA, battlefield series)

I've also benched the 2500k against my buddies i7-4790k and it was very close. But real world usability is nil.

You'd be best with just getting upgraded GPU for now. Switching from Nehalem to a newer i7-4790k or 6700k will net you most i'd assume 10-15fps in best case scenario. If the current rig is struggling, i'd advise its probably configuration as there's not much perceivable difference from my experience
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