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So I think it is time to upgrade a little. I'd like to spend $300-$500 for now before I do a complete overhaul in a year or so. I was thinking possible getting a q6600, a gtx470 and possible some ddr3 ram. What do you guys think?

I am also going to be doing some moving back in forth in the next few years so I was wondering if I could throw this rig into a small/lighter case. This P180B is just way too big to move around all the time. Any recommendations for a smaller/lighter case that could fit my mobo and possibly a gtx470 and also be relatively inexpensive?

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Honestly I don't think upgrading CPU/RAM is worth it until you are ready to jump into current-gen tech, unless you can get it for an absolute steal. It's definitely worth upgrading your GPU, though.

As for cases, if you want light, you want aluminum. And that usually means you want Lian Li. They are not cheap but are extremely high quality and will last you forever.
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Ok thanks. So would a gtx470 be a solid upgrade? I'm just trying to get a little better performance in games. I'll probably try and buy a used one off a member here.
Edited by brumby05 - 3/10/11 at 11:51pm
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I might be able to get a deal on a HD 6950. Would getting that gpu be pointless with my current build?
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Originally Posted by brumby05 View Post
I might be able to get a deal on a HD 6950. Would getting that gpu be pointless with my current build?
You may be bottlenecked with your CPU. Usually a higher end quad (Q9550) is recommended for a video card of that performance (that's what i've seen as the minimum most people have, it's not a concrete fact).
Edited by TheSchlaf - 3/12/11 at 2:46am
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So would a 6950 with a q9550 be worth the upgrade for my current rig? Or would it be better to look at a whole current gen system?
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