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$500 Upgrade to exisiting gaming pc

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April 11, 2013 12:17:59 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: 500 Before Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Mobo, RAM, Monitor
Have Corsair CX 500 500 Watt

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com

Location: Wesson, MS 39191, USA

Parts Preferences: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU or AMD FX

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: currently 1600x900 but want 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Get Better Permoance for Crysis 3
and Battlefield 3

Current System

AMD Phenom II X2 555
Asrock 760G chipset motherboard socket AM3
4GB DDR3 1333 (2GBx2)
Sapphire Vaporx 7970 3GB
Corsair CX500 500 watt
CoolerMaster HAF 912
Western Digital Blue 500GB

Suggested Upgrade

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
219.99

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
134.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
62.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
32.99

Well that comes $450.96 which doesnt include a monitor only thoughts is to downgrade to

Asrock 970 Extreme3
AMD FX-6300

Maybe then i could get a monitor
April 11, 2013 12:28:26 PM

you have the P8Z77 V-LK mobo listed twice. there's your monitor right there :) 
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April 11, 2013 12:31:09 PM

an even cheaper option could be a phenom x6 for 100 bucks and maybe you can upgrade your memory to 1866 or 1600 if your mobo supports it, vengeance in both forms for 2x4gb is like 50 bucks. then you can have money towards a nice ssd.

that or you can go and update everything to te newer ivybridge or piledriver cpus etc. but who knows whats going to happen next year with the whole ddr4, may be worth it to build one then since intel will most likely be changing their sockets again by then and hopefully amd too
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April 11, 2013 12:33:13 PM

nope that still 450
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April 11, 2013 12:34:39 PM

where a phenom II x6 for 100
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April 11, 2013 12:36:53 PM

Instead of buying 8GB of 1600 RAM you could just buy another 4GB of 1333 to go with the 4Gb you already have. Save yourself $20 or so. The difference between 1333 and 1600 is barely noticeable. Quite frankly won't notice unless running benchmarks.

Unless you are intent on over-clocking it may be worth considering the i5-3350p. It's about $40 cheaper than it-3570k and only runs 0.3GHz lower. It can't be overclocked but will still greatly out perform an FX-6300 at stock. Once the FX is over-clocked they are probably quite similar, depending on how high you go.

Anyway that would take about $60 off your price so are around $390, less if you got for a H77 mobo since not over-clocking. $110 is enough for a half decent monitor ;) 
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April 11, 2013 12:44:00 PM

http://I don't think you can get away with a $500 upgrade and a Crossfire/SLI-ready Asus board and a monitor with a decent processor for under $500. Here's an alternative solution with a single GPU board:

MSI H77MA-G43 $83
i5-3470 $189
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB $67
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $29

Total is $368.

Asus VS22H-P 1080p monitor $135

Total is $503 for the upgrade shipped to your house. Just an option. This give you a great processor, a single-GPU motherboard, great RAM, a solid cooler and decent gaming monitor. You can upgrade your video card when necessary.

If you can spend $12 more (total $515 shipped), you can get a Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H crossfire-ready board. If I were you I'd spend the extra for the Gigabyte.
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April 11, 2013 12:57:46 PM

thanks guys i just know if i wanna upgrade my monitor. really want a Intel Core i 5 doesnt matter if it can overclock dont plan on crossfiring
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April 11, 2013 1:04:41 PM

brpeden82 said:
thanks guys i just know if i wanna upgrade my monitor. really want a Intel Core i 5 doesnt matter if it can overclock dont plan on crossfiring


The i5-3470 is a great option in your price range. It gets you to 3.6GHz in turbo. Has weak video, but who among us gamers uses integrated video?
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April 11, 2013 1:07:15 PM

and the msi is a good board for it thinking cpu, mobo, ram to buy
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