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R9 290 can be had for so little on the used market. Buy an accelero xtreme and no matter what was the stock cooler on the graphic card, it will run at ~40-50C even overclocked.
I did that on mine and the three previous GPU I had. It fixes all cards, no more temperature and noise issues. I think it is mandatory.
A SSD is an obligation. Even if you only get a low capacity, just having you OS on it is a major step up.

I think your current build is a bit out dated and I would definitively try to replace it. However, since with a new GPU it will game fine, I would wait for a nice deal for used hardware. No need to buy new.
The only thing I would buy new is a motherboard. Used (legacy) motherboard are selling for a lot of $$$. Going Haswell in my case, was cheaper than buying a new (used) motherboard for my 2600k.
In December I remember seeing a lot of very good lga1150 boards (new) selling for ~100$. For <200$ you could get a 4690k used. In the end your build won't even cost you more than ~700$.

I've never replaced any CPU but I did replace motherboard. This is another reason why I would rather spend a bit more to grab a new with warranty. To keep the cost down, buying an used CPU is the way to go.
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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
Although your rig is slightly dated, it's still a good rig. If you're going to wait for new architecture, I would at least consider getting a new/used GPU (as others mentioned). Either a 380x or a Gtx 960. Both options should be more than enough to run games at decent settings with the monitor you're using. Also getting an SSD will speed up your rig significantly, regardless of the 3.0Mbs ports. You can get a 240GB SSD for under $100.00.
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IMO guys stop posting/speculating until we get an aswer from OP, i feel he is getting flooded by info and questions that may also be duplicated.
 
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the thing with my ram is that it is triple channel. I have 3x2gb and 3x4gb. even if I upgrade my cpu to a lga 1150 socket, I'll have to downgrade to 12gb if I'm to keep my ram. I could do 3x4gb and 1x2gb, but not sure how safe that is or even if it works, so even if I go lga 1150 i'd still have to upgrade my ram. i7 4790k performs a little better than i7 6700k, and it's cheaper, but lga 1150 is limited to ddr3, not sure if it's a good idea upgrading but staying ddr3 nowdays.
however, equivalent ddr4 is a bit cheaper than ddr3, so I'm not sure if ddr4 is a real upgrade. specially when i7-4970k outperforms and is $100 cheaper than i7-6700k. what you think?


@MadjinnSayan: I'm willing to spend up to $1000 maybe, but not planning on spending it all in a single gpu lol. and what do you mean upgrade my ram to a decent speed one? is 18gb ddr3 1600 that bad?

@neurotix: no I've never had a ssd, and that's why I plan to get one, I use many softwares that take a lot of time to load, and it would be a good upgrade for me, even if not that huge upgrade for gaming
post #15 of 65
There really is nothing special about Triple channel or Quad channel ram other than it's guaranteed to work together. You could use your 3x4gb and purchase a single 4gb DDR3 of the same speed and timings to bring you to 16gb with minimal expense. Yes that's still less than your current 18gb, but that's a rather odd amount. smile.gif

Generally, Low end DDR4 kits arent any faster than DDR3. So I would plan on getting DDR4-3000 or faster if you choose to go Skylake or Haswell-E.

I dont remember seeing many benchmarks where the i7-4970k outperforms the i7-6700k, most of the time they are very close with the slight advantage going to the i7-6700k. The only real advantage the i7-4970k has is price.
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I say go for the SSD and a new video card no need to touch anything else. x58 is still a solid platform
 
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I agree with others that upgrading the SSD and GPU would give you the most obvious improvements. Now just to make sure there is no confusion, you will be adding in a SSD and not replacing your other HDD's with the SSD. IMO, everyone needs their OS on a SSD. The GPU will be the biggest bump for gaming. Your CPU and RAM are both fine IMO.
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yeah, I'll be just adding a SSD to boot os faster and some programs.

I just built a rig the way I imagined online, just to see how much it would cost, but it went $1300+ and that's not viable atm. config was i7-4790k, gtx 980, evga 650 psu, gigabyte mobo, 240gb sandisk ssd,
32gb g.skill ddr3 2400, corsair carbide r100 case and h75 cooling. I could use my current psu as it's 750w, but if I'm building a computer from scratch, might aswell get a new modular psu. only thing I would scavenge from my old rig is one 1tb hdd, so I still could sell the old pc as a whole. but again, $1300 is too much for me.

so I'm inclined to do what most are suggesting, wait to get a new cpu and go just for the gpu now. but if that's the case, I want to overclock my cpu, and things are getting too hot. I'm actually opening a new thread for that subject.

some people suggested the 290 or 380x, but I think I'm going for the gtx 970 or 980. I'm not against radeons, but I have a thing for nvidia, and I think those models are faster than any current radeons aswell.

So, should I go for the most expensive I can get, or a 970 is good enough and the price difference of a 980 isn't worth it?

right now I'm thinking of buying a gtx980, 240gb ssd, and maybe a new case and water cooler to overclock my cpu.
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yeah, I'll be just adding a SSD to boot os faster and some programs.

I just built a rig the way I imagined online, just to see how much it would cost, but it went $1300+ and that's not viable atm. config was i7-4790k, gtx 980, evga 650 psu, gigabyte mobo, 240gb sandisk ssd,
32gb g.skill ddr3 2400, corsair carbide r100 case and h75 cooling. I could use my current psu as it's 750w, but if I'm building a computer from scratch, might aswell get a new modular psu. only thing I would scavenge from my old rig is one 1tb hdd, so I still could sell the old pc as a whole. but again, $1300 is too much for me.

so I'm inclined to do what most are suggesting, wait to get a new cpu and go just for the gpu now. but if that's the case, I want to overclock my cpu, and things are getting too hot. I'm actually opening a new thread for that subject.

some people suggested the 290 or 380x, but I think I'm going for the gtx 970 or 980. I'm not against radeons, but I have a thing for nvidia, and I think those models are faster than any current radeons aswell.

So, should I go for the most expensive I can get, or a 970 is good enough and the price difference of a 980 isn't worth it?

right now I'm thinking of buying a gtx980, 240gb ssd, and maybe a new case and water cooler to overclock my cpu.

Despite the 4GB debacle, the GTX 970 is a very good card. Going by your monitor, it should perform beautifully IMO.
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Get a xeon x5650/5660/5675,an used 290/x ,and better cooling
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