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I have $500 to spend upgrading my computer and am not sure what I should upgrade first. I would like to get the most bang for my buck. I am mainly a gamer so I am thinking the gfx card should be the first thing I should upgrade.

GTX 460 $200
Sell 8800 GT $50

Total left to spend. $350

After this I thought about getting a Q9550. The only problem I have with going this route is that I will not be able to overclock the q9550 very far with my current mobo. So, if I went this route I would probably have to get a new mobo.

Should I just upgrade to an i3 or i5 system and stick with the 8800gt for now?

I want to stick with intel because I can reuse my water block on both 1156 and 1366 sockets so that would save me a little bit of money.
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post #2 of 9
i would go with your first idea, 460 and new cpu. even if you cant oc it that much it will be a huge difference from what you have now
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I'd get an i5, P55 mobo, and 4GB DDR3 1600 CAS7. That will run you about $435. Once you get a little more money, get the GTX 460.

Suggestions, you might ask?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.495074

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231321
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I would stick with 775. Save up a little more and buy a new motherboard, along with a q9550 and a gtx 460.
    
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Originally Posted by Willanhanyard View Post
I would stick with 775. Save up a little more and buy a new motherboard, along with a q9550 and a gtx 460.
You are suggesting I get a new mobo and a new Q9550. For the cost of those I may as well get a i5 system and a gtx460.

I am actually thinking about going with an i3 system as I think it will overclock very well on my water cooling loop.

What do you all think?
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post #6 of 9
why not get the i3 @ microcenter for $99 and grab a mobo for around 200 and get the GTX460 i think some are running for $200 some come with rebates too.
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post #7 of 9
id just do the CPU upgrade, u can still get the q9550 to 3.2, 3.4 and that is more than enough
    
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post #8 of 9
I would just sell your 8800, buy a 460 then wait till you have enough money to do a full mobo/cpu upgrade.
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post #9 of 9
I'm selling my Q9550 and mobo! ha so you should go that route.

but really, if i were in your shoes I would probably go the p55 route. i did an i5-750 build for a friend and was amazed by the performance increase over old 775 stuff.
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