PC hardware forum: Need help to choose next upgrade

by: bloooddrunk November 24, 2013 7:53 AM PST

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by bloooddrunk - 11/24/13 7:53 AM

My current system is as follows:
-Motherboard ECS socket FM1
-AMD A8-3870K (stock CPU speed but GPU oc'ed to 700MHz)
-4GB RAM 1600MHz

I don't plan to pay much and I want a medium-range gaming PC, I've considered either buying an entire new PC (this one is pretty new though) or just more RAM and a discrete video card.

Let's start with the video card, I've seen these:
-AMD 7750 for USD154
-AMD 7770 for USD185
-AMD r7 250 for around USD160 (I don't know about AMD r series)
-nVidia GT 640 for around USD150
-nVidia GT 650 for USD190
-nVidia GT 450 for around same price as GT 640
-nVidia GT 460 for USD180
-nVidia GTX 550ti for USD200
-nVidia GTX 560 for USD200

Also, if I only buy RAM + video card, do I need to upgrade my power supply for any of these cards? (using a standard 500w)

And that's the maximum I'm willing to pay for a single video card. Now moving to PCs, I'm willing to pay for:
-Intel i5 4430 (entire PC) for USD575 (with a HD2500)
-Intel i5 3330 (entire PC) for USD485 (with a HD2500) (is it worth the much higher price for the 4430?)
-AMD A10-5800k (entire PC) for USD476
-AMD A10-6800k (entire PC) for USD509 (is it worth the upgrade from 5800k to 6800k?)

Must remember that by buying the Intel PCs I'm going to need to buy a discrete video card (would have to wait for that)

What should I buy and why? I don't do much intensive gaming (but I game a lot) and sometimes I've to use virtual machines with Windows Server 2012 (in case you think my CPU isn't good enough for this)

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