Best bang for buck upgrade


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My first build, built this Oct-10, hoping to do some upgrades soon.
I can run most games fine on it, but just want to tweak it or make it quieter if possible??

I currently have a Logitech MX Revolution mouse, which is awesome. But it only works really well when its very close to the USB wireless receiver which isn't ideal. If anyone can recommend a wired mouse for just when gaming, that would be appreciated?

Here's the spec:
  • Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H 880GA Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
  • AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 6MB L3 Cache
  • Sapphire HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI
  • Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit Unbuffered
  • OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E SSD
All wrapped up with:
  • Antec 300 Case
  • Logitech S220 2.1 Speakers
  • Corsair 550W VX Series PSU
  • Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 keyboard

edit: I only play COD, Football Manager, no photo/video editing so don't need a beast of a system.
And all my HDDs are SATA. OS boots from SSD, storage on HDD.
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Cheers guys.

@shadowboxer: Will I need to order thermal paste separately or do most CPU fans come with some?
The receiver of my mouse is just under where the mouse sits, but it still jitters occasionally. I'm guessing it's just getting old, but they don't produce the MX Rev mouses anymore.

@martyn3000: Looking on ebay, I could probably get around £50 for my 5770, so how so would I see the noticeable improvement?


Thermal paste will come with a cooler. It'll be either a pre-applied layer to the heatsink itself or a small tube. Not the greatest stuff in the world but it'll do!

The GTX560Ti is a very good card and it'll be a big jump from your Radeon HD5770. But for the games you play, football manager in particular your not exactly going to get much improvement. A new card could possibly get you into some new games though!

Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti £154.99 inc delivery is about as cheap as I can find.

Here's how they compare.

AMD Radeon HD 5770 V GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Roughly about twice as quick and they'll overclock like beasts! A good upgrade IMO.:)


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Thanks, I'll take a look.

Regarding overclocking my CPU, is that worth it? I found this guide (Overclocking 101) on AMD's blog. I've never tinkered with OC'ing. Relatively easy? i.e. chances of burning out the system?
Also, is my Power Supply enough to keep up with overclocking the CPU and gfx card?
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