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Which of these components should I upgrade first?

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Here is a list of everything my PC currently has in it:

AMD Phenom II X4 965(3.4GHz)
Stock Heatsink
500GB HDD
ATI Radeon HD5770 1GB
Integrated Sound
Integrated Ethernet
700W PSU (Not brand name)
Gigabyte GA-770T Motherboard
NZXT Apollo Case
4GB DDR3 RAM
DVD RW Drive


I'm thinking the MB since it is only like a $60 board and it is the worst board I have ever used. CPU, RAM, and GPU are fine right now I believe. The case has horrible airflow and no cabel management, as well as some other problems.

Which of these things do you guys think I should upgrade first? I will upgrade 2-3 things.
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Board, Case, CPU Heatsink
Black storm
(32 items)
 
 
HomeServer
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
I7-4790K @ 4751mhz Asus Z97 Pro Gaming  HD4890 - HD5870 - HD6950 - HD7850x2 - HD7950x2... 8800GTS - GTS450 - GTX650ti Boost - GTX670 - GT... 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
16GB 2400mhz CL9 Ripjaws Samsung 951 NVME 256GB 250GB SSD Samsung 840 Seagate 7200rpm 3TB 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Seagate 7200rpm 3TB Watercool Heatkiller 3.0 Copper MagiCool Elegant plexi full copper 120mm rad. MagiCool Elegant plexi full copper 240mm rad 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Lamptron FC5 V2 fan-controller AlphaCool VP655 Pump + Plexi Top EK Spin Bay resevoir 3x Scythe Gentle Typhoon's 1450rpm 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
6x Enermax Cluster White 1200rpm Windows 10 Iiyama Prolite E2773HDS 27inch - 47inch LG TV Corsair K60 - Razor BlackWidow Stealth - Logite... 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair RM1000i Corsair AIR540 Logitech G502 Corepad xxxl 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Musical Fidelity V-Dac II Reloop Direct Drive Turntable with Ortofon Conc... 2x Adam A5X Studio Monitors BeyerDynamic DT990 Pro 250ohm 
AudioAudioAudioOther
Audioquest Nighthawk Lehmann Audio Linear Headphone Amp Sennheiser HD650 Musical Fidelity V-PSU 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD E-350 Asus E35M1-M 4GB DDR3 Kingston 1333mhz  1,5TB wester digital green 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
640GB WD Caviar blue 500GB Samsung Spinpoint Samsung Dvd-rewriter windows xp sp2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
19inch phillips tft generic Bequiet 300Watt Fratal Design Core 
MouseMouse Pad
microsoft none 
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Black storm
(32 items)
 
 
HomeServer
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
I7-4790K @ 4751mhz Asus Z97 Pro Gaming  HD4890 - HD5870 - HD6950 - HD7850x2 - HD7950x2... 8800GTS - GTS450 - GTX650ti Boost - GTX670 - GT... 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
16GB 2400mhz CL9 Ripjaws Samsung 951 NVME 256GB 250GB SSD Samsung 840 Seagate 7200rpm 3TB 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Seagate 7200rpm 3TB Watercool Heatkiller 3.0 Copper MagiCool Elegant plexi full copper 120mm rad. MagiCool Elegant plexi full copper 240mm rad 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Lamptron FC5 V2 fan-controller AlphaCool VP655 Pump + Plexi Top EK Spin Bay resevoir 3x Scythe Gentle Typhoon's 1450rpm 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
6x Enermax Cluster White 1200rpm Windows 10 Iiyama Prolite E2773HDS 27inch - 47inch LG TV Corsair K60 - Razor BlackWidow Stealth - Logite... 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair RM1000i Corsair AIR540 Logitech G502 Corepad xxxl 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Musical Fidelity V-Dac II Reloop Direct Drive Turntable with Ortofon Conc... 2x Adam A5X Studio Monitors BeyerDynamic DT990 Pro 250ohm 
AudioAudioAudioOther
Audioquest Nighthawk Lehmann Audio Linear Headphone Amp Sennheiser HD650 Musical Fidelity V-PSU 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD E-350 Asus E35M1-M 4GB DDR3 Kingston 1333mhz  1,5TB wester digital green 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
640GB WD Caviar blue 500GB Samsung Spinpoint Samsung Dvd-rewriter windows xp sp2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
19inch phillips tft generic Bequiet 300Watt Fratal Design Core 
MouseMouse Pad
microsoft none 
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post #3 of 5
you need more info, fill out your system in user cp. be more specific, brands for memory and HDD.

I would say heat sink and board as well though.
new computer
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
phenom x4 955 BE Biostar TA890FXE radeon hd 5450 4gig G.Skill NQ 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GiG Caviar Black raid 0 lg dvd burner windows 7 ultimate 23" samsung & 37" samsung tv 
PowerCase
650w ultra thermaltake v3 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
phenom x4 955 BE Biostar TA890FXE radeon hd 5450 4gig G.Skill NQ 1600 DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GiG Caviar Black raid 0 lg dvd burner windows 7 ultimate 23" samsung & 37" samsung tv 
PowerCase
650w ultra thermaltake v3 
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post #4 of 5
heatsinks for the mosfets
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835708016

and cpu cooler
212+ or n520 or a70
case
post #5 of 5
Heatsink fo sho. Maybe your PSU, you don't need anywhere near 700W, but you do need to provide nice clean reliable power to your system. And a good one will last you through years of use and upgrades. Theres a deal on the xfx 650W for $65 on newegg, making it a real bargain. If you don't plan on dual gpus, you could get a neo eco 400W for $45 and power your rig easily with a quality component.

And maybe your mobo, if you plan to OC heavily in the near future.
Bleeding Edge
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k @ 5.0Ghz 24/7 ASUS P8P67PRO AMD 5870x2 8GB GSkill Ripjaw X 1600 @ CL8 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
ADATA S599 64GB SSD + 2x 1TB Spinpoint (Raid 0) Windows 7 64Bit Dell 23" Razer Lycosa 
PowerCase
Seasonic X650 HAF X 
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i7 2600k @ 5.0Ghz 24/7 ASUS P8P67PRO AMD 5870x2 8GB GSkill Ripjaw X 1600 @ CL8 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
ADATA S599 64GB SSD + 2x 1TB Spinpoint (Raid 0) Windows 7 64Bit Dell 23" Razer Lycosa 
PowerCase
Seasonic X650 HAF X 
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