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Hi guys,

I recently won a prize of ~$600 and figured I'd treat myself to some new computer accessories. I was thinking along the lines of a new monitor, a new keyboard, and maybe a UPS. I'm not set on getting all three but those are what I'm considering. Here's what I'm working with now:

Case: Fractal Design Define R5
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNova 750W
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI
Processor: Intel i5-6600k @ 3.5Ghz
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws V 2x4GB DDR4 2400Mhz
Video Card: ASUS Strix Radeon R9 380 4GB GDDR5
SSD: Samsung EVO 250GB
HDD: Various ∑8TB.
Monitor: Samsung T220
PCMark8 Score: 4738

It's a fresh build (only a few months old), so I don't see much sense in upgrading anything inside the case. However, I've been using the monitor for many years and while it's still running strong I thought it would be nice to get an upgrade and use my current as a second screen. Given that I haven't really shopped for monitors before, I'm not sure what to look for. I do game a little bit but I also love watching tv and movies on my monitor. I was thinking of something like a 1080p monitor with an IPS panel and a higher refresh rate (maybe 144hz?).

Another item I've been considering is a new keyboard. Again, it's not a necessary upgrade given my current one still works but I am intrigued by mechanical keyboards (although not enough to drop a lot of money on one). I currently use an old rubber dome keyboard that I've had since about 2007.

Finally, I'm considering a UPS. Now this may be the odd one out in terms of items i'm considering, but I have had some parts suffer minor damage in the past due to a power outage and now that I have VOIP I figure it might be a nice addition not to mention having internet while the power is out.

Of course, I'd like to hear your opinion on the matter and some recommendations would be very helpful.


Edit: I'm from Canada so I'd mainly be looking at the following shops:


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R9 380 only needs about a 550 watt psu. You can save money there for something else.