Upgrade Advice (£200-300)

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Hi guys,

I'm looking to upgrade some parts of my computer and wondered what you think would be best for using £200-300 on? Taking out the HDDs as these will be upgraded before December. Ideally wanting to see where I would see the best benefit from upgrading.

Graphics Card:
HIS ATI Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X PLUS Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express

Processor:
Intel Core i5-2500K (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor, currently sitting at 3.6GHz

Motherboard:
AsRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3

PSU:
Antec TruePower New Modular 650W '80 Plus Bronze'

Case:
Cooler Master HAF 912 - Black

CPU Watercooler:
Antec Kuhler H20 620

RAM:
16GB (4x4GB) Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
 
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If you can stretch a little more, this 290 is as great deal atm:
YOUR BASKET
1 x Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC 4096MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - Red £329.99
Total : £339.59 (includes shipping : £8.00).


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Or if you haven't got an SSD yet go for something like this:
YOUR BASKET
1 x Powercolor Radeon R9 280X TurboDUO 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £229.99
1 x Crucial MX100 256GB SATA 2.5” 7mm SSD + 9.5mm Adapter (CT256MX100SSD1) £79.99
Total : £319.58 (includes shipping : £8.00).

 
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Thanks guys, in regards to the SSD I'm going to wait until later this year when the prices fall a bit more, as at the moment I don't really need to upgrade from my 120GB SSD!

The 280x looks like the good option, cost effective is something I'm always happy with! The only thing I am having issues with is the size of the size. With my current graphics card, I only have room for 2x hard drives. Which I guess wouldn't be an issue but ideally would of liked 1x120GB SSD, 1x 500GB SSD and my standard HDD for other crap!
 
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Id say the 280X would be close to maxing out 1080p.

The 290 would be the ultimate 1080p and a good start for 144hz/1440p

I tend to agree

I've seen no appreciable difference between my boy's 280x and my 290 at 1080p - few frames here and there. This is right now though.

Will the 280x be as effective as the 290 in a years time? Probably not. If I had the cash (and I did - bought one a few months ago) I'd tend towards the 290. It's a great card for the cash and ought to last a while.
 
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I went from a 7950 to a R9 290 and I could notice a difference at 1080p due to having a 120Hz monitor. I should imagine a 280X would be pretty good at 1080p though with the money saved being used on an SSD.
 
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