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Whats holding me back/ best upgrade for the money?

PRINTABLECOUPON 4,948 729 October 6, 2015 at 01:57 PM
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51% 227 Pts
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MC Mixed 240
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So currently my external hard drive is faster than my 4yr old ssd. my video card is at its last leg. memory should be ok and cpu is fine.

I found a 980gtx for sale locally for 320 and adding in a new 256gb hard drive would put me just under 400. Wanting to keep things around the 400 mark.

Not looking to do any massive gaming i just want it to be handle starcraft smoothly and play rainbow six seige and new need for speed when it comes out.

So whats the best upgrades i can do for 400.

psu is 680w so it should handle a 980, also found a 970gtx for 260.

with new hard drive i'll put on windows 10 as well.

thanks for info

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980/970 are kinda overkill for StarCraft, but they will work, if you want to save a few $$ you can step down the video card
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I think you have the right idea. The video card is probably the biggest bottleneck for gaming for you.

Starcraft would probably run fine even on a GTX 960, but for futureproofing I'd go with 970.

GTX 980 is of course even better, but that's getting pretty close to very high end gaming and you probably wouldn't see any benefit at all, unless you play some of the latest games at max settings on a high resolution.

A better SSD isn't a bad investment either. For general purposes.
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