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Upgrading soon, need advice

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Hello!

I need to hear what you guys think I should be upgrading (current specs are on the left). I mainly only game and do random video converting.
I have around 500$ to spend on my upgrade and I'm thinking of upgrading the video card (to 560 or 560 Ti) and the main OS HDD (to 128GB C300/M4). I would really like to upgrade to a 2500K platform but it costs too much because you need to change the MB and RAM. My triple-core 720 at 3.5Ghz is still ok right?

What you think?
 
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Yeah your cpu is ok, I'd suggest a 1156 platform but that would cost $400 and leave you without your gpu/ssd upgrades.

Do you really need to upgrade your video card? I see your gaming at 1280x1024, that low of a resolution doesn't require that much gpu horsepower. You might be able to get buy with a lesser card like the 550 or 460 even. Gain by going to a 560 will be 10% at best, but your going to be saturated with your resolution(even the toughest DX11 titles wont be bogged down).
 
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Yeah your cpu is ok, I'd suggest a 1155 platform but that would cost $400 and leave you without your gpu/ssd upgrades.

Do you really need to upgrade your video card? I see your gaming at 1280x1024, that low of a resolution doesn't require that much gpu horsepower. You might be able to get buy with a lesser card like the 550 or 460 even. Gain by going to a 560 will be 10% at best, but your going to be saturated with your resolution(even the toughest DX11 titles wont be bogged down).
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Whoops, yeah 1155. :)
 
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Naaaah, I believe 460 is too little of an upgrade. I don't know how much I can trust the Performance Summaries on TPU reviews, but 460 is only faster about 10-15% than a 4870 and I'm looking for a better boost.

Also, the difference in overall performance in higher resolutions is almost non-existant. I get my numbers from here: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Twin_Frozr_II/23.html

Difference between a 460 and MSI TF2 560Ti OC @ 1280x1024 is 32%.
@ 1680x1050 33%
@ 1920x1200 35%


Another reason why I'm thinking of getting a more expensive card is so I don't need to upgrade it after I get to upgrade the CPU/MB/RAM combo. It is like I know what I need the most but when it's time to shop I get gitty and lose it lol.