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July 2, 2013 12:32:33 AM

Hello, I crave more power from a pc so I wish to delve into crafting my own for the first time. I am aware of the simple components, and am almost sure I can put it together via guides.
Few questions first on something to consider.

1. Can I re-use my RAM if it is a complete different motherboard?
2. Can I re-use most of my components from my current pc(Hard drive, CD/R Drive)?
3. If re using components like hard drive, will I of course have to re-install win 7?

Now I wanna talk processor choices. I am possibly going to build within the 300-600$ range. Possibly way lower if I can. AMD or Intel? Should I shell out extra for a nice processor like an Intel Core i5-3570K? Or should I save the extra bucks for other components and go for AMD. I wish to use this for gaming of course. I know most would recommend Intel, but I wanna know what would be best for my range.

Things I would like brand new are a Case, SSD, processor, and possibly a Graphics card. Widely open to discussion and would LOVE opinions on things to look out for when building my computer. I'll take not of all options. I need clear insight on what would be best!

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July 2, 2013 12:47:45 AM

1)Yes, you can re use old ram if the motherboard supports it.
2)Yes
3)Yes, when installing windows, format the old HDD.

For your budget, AMD is the best choice. Here, this is a good build that's $500. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1cr5p The CPU is very overclockable, and the GPU is on par with a 7950. Obviously, you can get a better mobo, but that would be out of your budget.
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July 2, 2013 12:56:35 AM

All of this sounds excellent. Do many games support a 6 core btw? Most people I know shoot for quad cores or dual at best for gaming. I believe I already have 450w psu. I might be able to manage with that. So I guess if I stick with an amd style board my RAM is more than not going to be re-usable. I also have a gtx560, but in this day and age I think I need more.
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July 2, 2013 1:14:33 AM

PowerWaffe said:
All of this sounds excellent. Do many games support a 6 core btw? Most people I know shoot for quad cores or dual at best for gaming. I believe I already have 450w psu. I might be able to manage with that. So I guess if I stick with an amd style board my RAM is more than not going to be re-usable. I also have a gtx560, but in this day and age I think I need more.


Future games will support 6-8 cores, since next gen consoles have the same architecture as PC and have 8 cores. Make sure your PSU is top notch (Seasonic/Corsair/Antec/XFX/Silverstone) What's your RAM?
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July 2, 2013 2:49:12 AM

Curreng RAM is 8gb, feels comfy atm. Also I forgot to note, I am running at 1920x1080 res. Just checked my box...I now realize I'm running a 600watt. It's a Corsair g600 something.


Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130318-1533)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: p7-1254
BIOS: Ver: HOL_715.ROM vHOL7.15
Processor: AMD A8-3850 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8178MB RAM
GPU- GTX 560




should have posted that first =/.
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July 2, 2013 10:53:34 AM

PowerWaffe said:
Curreng RAM is 8gb, feels comfy atm. Also I forgot to note, I am running at 1920x1080 res. Just checked my box...I now realize I'm running a 600watt. It's a Corsair g600 something.


Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130318-1533)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: p7-1254
BIOS: Ver: HOL_715.ROM vHOL7.15
Processor: AMD A8-3850 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8178MB RAM
GPU- GTX 560




should have posted that first =/.


Yeah, that PSU will hold up.
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July 2, 2013 9:09:26 PM

Would adding a SSD noticeably improve my performance, or should I spend the money elsewhere?
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July 3, 2013 12:55:22 AM

PowerWaffe said:
Would adding a SSD noticeably improve my performance, or should I spend the money elsewhere?


Yeah, adding an SDD will be a improvement when loading programs, games, boot times, etc. If your not concerned about fast loading times, I would spend my money from the SDD on a beefier GPU.
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July 3, 2013 3:22:45 AM

Alright so If everything manages ok, my old hardware will be A-ok. I guess I can stick with amd boards. Im pretty sure I will only use one gfx at a time so 1 pcie x16 slot should be enough. I just want it to bottleneck. I hear whatever you buy cpu wise you should buy a gpu in the same range or higher, is this true?
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July 3, 2013 10:33:27 AM

PowerWaffe said:
Alright so If everything manages ok, my old hardware will be A-ok. I guess I can stick with amd boards. Im pretty sure I will only use one gfx at a time so 1 pcie x16 slot should be enough. I just want it to bottleneck. I hear whatever you buy cpu wise you should buy a gpu in the same range or higher, is this true?


That is correct, let's say you buy a $300 GPU and a $100. The $100 dollar CPU will probably will limit the performance of the graphics card. Unless, the CPU has a unlocked multiplier so you can overclock and remove any possible bottleneck.
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July 3, 2013 7:54:13 PM

I may still stick with a quad core although, just preference. So What am I supposed to do if every cpu in a certain range is under 100, and most gtx nvidia cards above 150$? Will that range matter that much?
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July 3, 2013 10:32:29 PM

PowerWaffe said:
I may still stick with a quad core although, just preference. So What am I supposed to do if every cpu in a certain range is under 100, and most gtx nvidia cards above 150$? Will that range matter that much?


Depends, if you have an older CPU, like an Intel Quadcore Wolfdale CPU for example, it will most likely bottleneck that $150+ card. If your sticking to quad cores, the FX-4300 is a good choice for ~$100. If you want to spend more, a 3570k would be best.
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July 4, 2013 1:24:24 AM

PowerWaffe said:
This is something I truly wish for. Open for debate and opinions obviously. Want a decent-ish everything.
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/


I would replace the 965 CPU with an FX-4300, it can overclock quite well and overall better than the 965.
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July 4, 2013 2:20:22 AM

I mean I would like to overclock, but I have no idea how to, and fear I would melt some components. I want it to come at a nice amount of ghz at stock at least. I'm not too savy on cpu's but like I said it's just an idea. From what I hear this cpu is amazing. I'm not dogging amd, but it just seems everyone jumps on the boat. Maybe If I just go amd I can shave off 200$
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July 4, 2013 2:27:26 AM

Hows this? Opinions on the motherboard? Wanna run 8gigs of RAM and the one gtx card.
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/


(Would this be a adequate choice? Or will this simply bottleneck, I am obviously trying to avoid this).
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July 4, 2013 11:16:28 PM

PowerWaffe said:
Hows this? Opinions on the motherboard? Wanna run 8gigs of RAM and the one gtx card.
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/


(Would this be a adequate choice? Or will this simply bottleneck, I am obviously trying to avoid this).


Excellent choice and no their will not be any bottlenecking.
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