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Hello guys, I've been using my sig rig for about two years now and I've probably fallen behind in terms of performance. I'd like to update it through some hardware upgrades, but I'd want those upgrades to amount to ~$500 or below. What are some of the best options for my build moving ahead? Upgrading the motherboard is the most obvious choice, but I'm struggling a bit to assess the newer processors and GPUs out there, especially in comparison to what I have right now. Thanks in advance!
 

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I'm assuming you play games on this computer?

A new monitor first, followed by a SSD and a GPU to drive the Freesync.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 380X 4GB NITRO Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC G2260VWQ6 75Hz 21.5" Monitor ($130.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $415.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-04-14 09:15 EDT-0400
 

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Your PSU is not very good either since its a old group regulated PSU.
Group regulated means the voltage regulation on it sucks.
 

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Yeah, I bought it knowing this; 700Watts is a bit much for the build I'm using right now, so I counted on the hardware not stressing the PSU all that much. Stronger hardware would probably entail a PSU upgrade, too.
 

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I'm unfamiliar with Freesync; the GPU would run independently to manage it?
 

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I'm unfamiliar with Freesync; the GPU would run independently to manage it?
 
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