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Need an PC Upgrade on ~$400

Hello all experts out there :)
This will be my first post here

So,I will be upgrading my 2 y/o badass.Here's the spec :
CPU : AMD Athlon II X2 270
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Rev 4.0
RAM : V-Gen PC10666 2x4GB
GPU : PowerColor Radeon HD 5570 Turks 1GB DDR3
PSU : Corsair Builder Series CX500

and this is what i want for the upgrade :
-CPU
-Motherboard
-GPU
-One of this : a RAM , Casing or Sound Card.

Additionally , this is what im currently eyeing :
-AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE (planning to unlock if i get it)
-Asus M5a97 R2.0
-Sapphire 7790 Dual-X OC 2GB DDR5
-Corsair Carbide 200R

I will use the pc mainly for heavy gaming on 1366x768 Monitor .

And yes,my budget is around $400.
Thanks in Advance :)
PS : Sorry for my bad english
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  1. if your motherboard is rev3.1 then keep it and upgrade cpu to phenom 2 x4 965

    and upgrade graphics card to hd7850 or hd7870

    everything else is good
  2. Best answer
    Managed to fit a case within your budget. :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($60.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $384.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 06:44 EDT-0400)
  3. Your mobo is fine for now (unless you want more ports); it will run a Piledriver chip fine.

    4GB is fine, if you get a new mobo then another 2x2GB is an option

    What case do you have now? Does it really need replacing?

    No need for a sound card - onboard is generally fine until your sound system costs as much as your computer.
  4. truegenius said:
    if your motherboard is rev3.1 then keep it and upgrade cpu to phenom 2 x4 965

    and upgrade graphics card to hd7850 or hd7870

    everything else is good

    I'm pretty sure the box says its rev 4.0.
  5. Update the motherboard BIOS to the latest, and then throw in something along the lines of an FX-6300 or 8350. Then get yourself a HD7870, some aftermarket ones are going fairly cheap right now.

    The rest of the build is fine. Though if the case is fairly horrible, would downgrade to a 7850 and use the saved cash to get yourself a decent $50-100 case.
  6. Someone Somewhere said:
    Your mobo is fine for now (unless you want more ports); it will run a Piledriver chip fine.

    4GB is fine, if you get a new mobo then another 2x2GB is an option

    What case do you have now? Does it really need replacing?

    No need for a sound card - onboard is generally fine until your sound system costs as much as your computer.


    im currently looking at the Asus M5A97 R2.0 board
    My case is a local Infinity K-50G. actually,no. but im somewhat not recommending it because rivets anywhere and poor cable management.
  7. manofchalk said:
    Update the motherboard BIOS to the latest, and then throw in something along the lines of an FX-6300 or 8350. Then get yourself a HD7870, some aftermarket ones are going fairly cheap right now.

    The rest of the build is fine. Though if the case is fairly horrible, would downgrade to a 7850 and use the saved cash to get yourself a decent $50-100 case.


    But i thought my mobo only supports CPU up to 95W ?
  8. I'd call it OK. So long as you don't overly care how the innards look it will work about the same.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($253.29 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $373.28
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 06:52 EDT-0400)

    That will run anything on 768p.

    EDiT: Your mobo will run CPUs up to 95W, so I'd avoid the 8350. All three revisions support the 8300, and some support the 4300. I'd say it's simply a matter of which CPUs they could be bothered testing on an old board.
  9. RenzoGuzi said:
    Managed to fit a case within your budget. :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($60.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $384.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 06:44 EDT-0400)


    Thanks ! i will note this one on my list .
    Many Thanks sir
  10. Looking at the CPU support list, that seems to be the case. Sorry about my hasty call before.
    So it seems that the highest CPU you could get working on that would be the FX-6300, its not on the support list but there is another Piledriver/Vishera chip on there so I dont see why it wouldnt.
  11. Someone Somewhere said:
    I'd call it OK. So long as you don't overly care how the innards look it will work about the same.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($253.29 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $373.28
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 06:52 EDT-0400)

    That will run anything on 768p.

    EDiT: Your mobo will run CPUs up to 95W, so I'd avoid the 8350. All three revisions support the 8300, and some support the 4300. I'd say it's simply a matter of which CPUs they could be bothered testing on an old board.


    manofchalk said:
    Looking at the CPU support list, that seems to be the case. Sorry about my hasty call before.
    So it seems that the highest CPU you could get working on that would be the FX-6300, its not on the support list but there is another Piledriver/Vishera chip on there so I dont see why it wouldnt.


    is there's a huge differences between 4300 and 6300 ?
  12. Extra two cores.
  13. Two "cores" (gets complex with cores when its the Bulldozer/Piledriver architectures) and a fair bit of performance, especially if you overclock the chip. Though given the boards TDP max, wouldnt try it.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/700?vs=699
  14. bopung said:
    RenzoGuzi said:
    Managed to fit a case within your budget. :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($60.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $384.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 06:44 EDT-0400)


    Thanks ! i will note this one on my list .
    Many Thanks sir


    No prob man. If you could ditch the case you could get yourself an even better graphics card. IMHO I think the core i3 is a good step up from athlon. Its a speedy dual core. When it comes to games, it beats some fx chips I believe and hell, there are barely a handful of games out there that uses more than two cores. Thats just my opinion. :)
  15. Someone Somewhere said:
    Extra two cores.


    manofchalk said:
    Two "cores" (gets complex with cores when its the Bulldozer/Piledriver architectures) and a fair bit of performance, especially if you overclock the chip. Though given the boards TDP max, wouldnt try it.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/700?vs=699


    OK , i get it . but isn't a 7870XT too much for just 1366x768 ? :s
  16. RenzoGuzi said:
    bopung said:
    RenzoGuzi said:
    Managed to fit a case within your budget. :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($60.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $384.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 06:44 EDT-0400)


    Thanks ! i will note this one on my list .
    Many Thanks sir


    No prob man. If you could ditch the case you could get yourself an even better graphics card. IMHO I think the core i3 is a good step up from athlon. Its a speedy dual core. When it comes to games, it beats some fx chips I believe and hell, there are barely a handful of games out there that uses more than two cores. Thats just my opinion. :)


    is the HyperThread will bump any FPS ?
  17. bopung said:
    Someone Somewhere said:
    Extra two cores.


    manofchalk said:
    Two "cores" (gets complex with cores when its the Bulldozer/Piledriver architectures) and a fair bit of performance, especially if you overclock the chip. Though given the boards TDP max, wouldnt try it.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/700?vs=699


    OK , i get it . but isn't a 7870XT too much for just 1366x768 ? :s



    It is but if you wanna upgrade your monitor later to a, lets say, 22 inch led/lcd one and you wanna play on 1080p max on most games, it definitely isnt too much. More is most of the time, better. Lol :)
  18. Also note that if you change mobo, you also need new windows. So if you go for my build, i would suggest losing the case and getting win 7 home premium unless the os isnt included in the budget. You could also get a phenom like what most of these guys said. I like my intel build better because it's my suggestion (lol) and because of the upgradability (you could get a core i7 down thr road or i5).

    Will you crossfiring in the future (or sli)?
  19. bopung said:
    RenzoGuzi said:
    bopung said:
    RenzoGuzi said:
    Managed to fit a case within your budget. :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($60.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $384.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 06:44 EDT-0400)


    Thanks ! i will note this one on my list .
    Many Thanks sir


    No prob man. If you could ditch the case you could get yourself an even better graphics card. IMHO I think the core i3 is a good step up from athlon. Its a speedy dual core. When it comes to games, it beats some fx chips I believe and hell, there are barely a handful of games out there that uses more than two cores. Thats just my opinion. :)


    is the HyperThread will bump any FPS ?


    Core i3 will use be able to use hyperthreading more since its a dual core. If it were a quadcore, then not so much.
  20. RenzoGuzi said:
    Also note that if you change mobo, you also need new windows. So if you go for my build, i would suggest losing the case and getting win 7 home premium unless the os isnt included in the budget. You could also get a phenom like what most of these guys said. I like my intel build better because it's my suggestion (lol) and because of the upgradability (you could get a core i7 down thr road or i5).

    Will you crossfiring in the future (or sli)?


    RenzoGuzi said:
    bopung said:
    RenzoGuzi said:
    bopung said:
    RenzoGuzi said:
    Managed to fit a case within your budget. :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($60.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $384.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 06:44 EDT-0400)


    Thanks ! i will note this one on my list .
    Many Thanks sir


    No prob man. If you could ditch the case you could get yourself an even better graphics card. IMHO I think the core i3 is a good step up from athlon. Its a speedy dual core. When it comes to games, it beats some fx chips I believe and hell, there are barely a handful of games out there that uses more than two cores. Thats just my opinion. :)


    is the HyperThread will bump any FPS ?


    Core i3 will use be able to use hyperthreading more since its a dual core. If it were a quadcore, then not so much.


    ok man thanks for helping me for this long ! i think i'll just go with your build :)
  21. bopung said:
    RenzoGuzi said:
    Also note that if you change mobo, you also need new windows. So if you go for my build, i would suggest losing the case and getting win 7 home premium unless the os isnt included in the budget. You could also get a phenom like what most of these guys said. I like my intel build better because it's my suggestion (lol) and because of the upgradability (you could get a core i7 down thr road or i5).

    Will you crossfiring in the future (or sli)?


    RenzoGuzi said:
    bopung said:
    RenzoGuzi said:
    bopung said:
    RenzoGuzi said:
    Managed to fit a case within your budget. :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($60.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($52.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $384.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 06:44 EDT-0400)


    Thanks ! i will note this one on my list .
    Many Thanks sir


    No prob man. If you could ditch the case you could get yourself an even better graphics card. IMHO I think the core i3 is a good step up from athlon. Its a speedy dual core. When it comes to games, it beats some fx chips I believe and hell, there are barely a handful of games out there that uses more than two cores. Thats just my opinion. :)


    is the HyperThread will bump any FPS ?


    Core i3 will use be able to use hyperthreading more since its a dual core. If it were a quadcore, then not so much.


    ok man thanks for helping me for this long ! i think i'll just go with your build :)


    No problem and thanks for picking my answer. Hope you enjoy your new build!
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