Hello to all THW fans. I would like input and suggestions. Should I build a new system, or upgrade current old system if possible or worth it?
Below is my 2009 $500 budget gaming system I did for my son. Budget around $500-$600. PC for light to med gaming, school projects, and video BD playing.
I need a very sturdy strong (inexpensive) case as we do a lot of travel in the military.
PS: I upgraded the DVD player to a BD player since 2009. I now have a 2012 Samsung BD player.
My big concern is the old DDR2 RAM might choke any CPU+GPU upgrade. I'm thinking a new Core i3 should do the trick. Please let me know.
Thanks for all replies and suggestions in advance.
Rosendo from Fort Meade, MD
Tom’s Hardware $500 Budget Gaming PC_2009:
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler
Unless you can drive to a microcenter, you won't be able to get those super low prices, also the GTX 660 isnt as good of a GPU as the HD 7870 Ghz Edition. You can reuse your case, PSU, HDD, disk drive and monitor. This system will tackle all the latest games and multi-task like a boss. Plus you can't beat Intel.
Thanks to all. That's what I had in mind, new i5 CPU+GPU, MOBO and DDR3 RAM. Re-use my case, PSU, BD, monitor, and use my HDD as backup. Maybe get a new HDD 2TB WDC blue or green.
My case is maxed out with extra fans. Perhaps add a 120-128 GB SSD for OS. Also add a CPU cooler like the CM Hyper 212 Evo. I have decent Keyboard and Mouse combo. I'm using the free trial of Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit for OS and Ubuntu/Mint partitions.
My question is, can my 500w PSU handle all the new hardware and GPU, or should I get something like 650w for the 660/660ti or 7850/7870 GPU?
Thanks. I have to find my extra PSU cables now. I guess I need 2 PCIe power cables for those GPUs. My old 4850 only needed one, so I put them away in a box in storage. Thanks to all for your advice and recommendations.
Thanks. I'm looking for my PSU extra parts now. Need to find second PCIe cable. The 3570K looks impressive but a little expensive. And yes, I found out I do have a MicroCenter about 30 miles from Fort Meade north of Baltimore MD. I believe it's on sale for $169.99. In-store only. One per customer. I might take a trip up there and check them out.
I noticed all of you suggested ASRock MOBOs. How do they compare to the Gigabyte Z77 D3H series, besides the lower price. I've never used ASRock before. I have experience with MSI, Asus and Gigabyte.