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August 26, 2013 2:32:43 PM

Hello all, I been wanting to upgrade my computer for some time now because my current setup isn't too great. The thing is, im on a pretty tight budget. i would like to get a Monitor, Graphics Card, PSU for the GFX Card, RAM, and CPU, for about $500.
Right now, this is the current things im looking at.
CPU: http://amzn.to/15cQ9wM
GFX Card: http://amzn.to/1digE6g
RAM: http://amzn.to/18WveeA
Monitor: http://amzn.to/1digP1t
I'm not very good with Computer stuff, so i have no idea how much Voltage i need for the graphics card, so if someone can find out for me i would appreciate it alot, i couldn't find anything.
So, if any one knows of something better for each one or anyone for around the same price i would appreciate hearing it.

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August 26, 2013 2:39:58 PM

First off we'll need to know what other parts you already have. Motherboard, drives, your existing power supply, etc.

Pretty much all modern computers run nearly exclusively on 12 volts. I think you are asking how much wattage you'll need. The answer for a HD7770 is not that much. A single PCIe power connector is sufficient.
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August 26, 2013 2:47:44 PM

Eximo said:
First off we'll need to know what other parts you already have. Motherboard, drives, your existing power supply, etc.

Pretty much all modern computers run nearly exclusively on 12 volts. I think you are asking how much wattage you'll need. The answer for a HD7770 is not that much. A single PCIe power connector is sufficient.


oops, lol yeah, i meant Wattage, not Voltage, Here are my current specs:
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
AMD Athlon II X2 255
Regor 45nm Technology
RAM
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 384MHz (7-7-7-20)
Motherboard
Acer Aspire X3400G (CPU 1)
Graphics
AL1706 (1280x1024@75Hz)
AMD Radeon HD 6670 (Sapphire/PCPartner)
Hard Drives
932GB Western Digital WDC WD10 EARS-22Y5B1 SCSI Disk Device (SATA)
Optical Drives
ATAPI DVD A DH16ABSH SCSI CdRom Device
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
I hope that is enough info, if not i could try to find more info within Speccy, anyways. My PSU is a COOLMAX V-400 400W ATX v2.01 Power Supply.



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August 26, 2013 4:09:35 PM

Well you can't put in Intel chip into an AMD board, so that part of your plan is bunk.

AM2+ in that board basically supports 65W Athlon chips, which you already have one of the better dual cores. There is a quad core or two available, but they would actually be slower on single threaded jobs.

To use that Intel chip you will need to invest in a socket LGA1155 motherboard. Cheapest ones are around $60, but not something I can recommend. A better build would be to stick with AMD such as what is below (This will not be a drastic improvement, really need to add more into the video card, possibly buy the monitor later, you could then easily afford a Radeon 7950 or other high end graphics card):

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wAm0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wAm0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wAm0/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($75.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.25 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $510.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-26 19:07 EDT-0400)



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August 26, 2013 4:49:50 PM

Eximo said:
Well you can't put in Intel chip into an AMD board, so that part of your plan is bunk.

AM2+ in that board basically supports 65W Athlon chips, which you already have one of the better dual cores. There is a quad core or two available, but they would actually be slower on single threaded jobs.

To use that Intel chip you will need to invest in a socket LGA1155 motherboard. Cheapest ones are around $60, but not something I can recommend. A better build would be to stick with AMD such as what is below (This will not be a drastic improvement, really need to add more into the video card, possibly buy the monitor later, you could then easily afford a Radeon 7950 or other high end graphics card):

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wAm0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wAm0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wAm0/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($75.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.25 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $510.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-26 19:07 EDT-0400)




Hey, thank you, i really appreciate it. I have a few more questions though...First, i have this case, do you think it wil be fine to keep using? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also, even though i would like a better monitor, i think i will wait and just get a better graphics card. I might not be able to do that one for 229.99, but i might get the next one down or something. But my other question is, i want to make sure my system does not overheat, right now im using a 400w PSU which my GFx card needs 400w, i heard that you should get a little more than what you need just in case. Will 600w be fine for any gfx cards going up to an HD 7950?
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August 26, 2013 5:30:42 PM

Eximo said:
Well you can't put in Intel chip into an AMD board, so that part of your plan is bunk.

AM2+ in that board basically supports 65W Athlon chips, which you already have one of the better dual cores. There is a quad core or two available, but they would actually be slower on single threaded jobs.

To use that Intel chip you will need to invest in a socket LGA1155 motherboard. Cheapest ones are around $60, but not something I can recommend. A better build would be to stick with AMD such as what is below (This will not be a drastic improvement, really need to add more into the video card, possibly buy the monitor later, you could then easily afford a Radeon 7950 or other high end graphics card):

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wAm0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wAm0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wAm0/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($75.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.25 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $510.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-26 19:07 EDT-0400)




oops, i forgot about RAM. the old ram that i looked up i noticed was for I-3, 1-5, and 1-7 so it wont be compatible right? so what will? I would like 8 GB. i tried to edit that page you sent me and add ram but i didn't know how lol.
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August 27, 2013 8:40:42 AM

Well you could try recycling your ram, if only temporarily, but you are correct in that it might not work with the new system. Would have to get the exact model and see if it matches anything on the QVL for the motherboard.

Your case should be fine, so here is config that doesn't have the monitor or case but added ram. If you can buy the power supply listed below now, that is a great price on what is essentially overkill for a single video card system. (usually like $130)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wPTX Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wPTX/by_merchant/ Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wPTX/benchmarks/ CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($75.91 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($175.66 @ Newegg) Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.25 @ Newegg) Total: $503.80 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-27 11:34 EDT-0400)

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August 27, 2013 11:17:30 AM

Eximo said:
Well you could try recycling your ram, if only temporarily, but you are correct in that it might not work with the new system. Would have to get the exact model and see if it matches anything on the QVL for the motherboard.

Your case should be fine, so here is config that doesn't have the monitor or case but added ram. If you can buy the power supply listed below now, that is a great price on what is essentially overkill for a single video card system. (usually like $130)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wPTX Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wPTX/by_merchant/ Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1wPTX/benchmarks/ CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($75.91 @ Newegg) Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($175.66 @ Newegg) Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.25 @ Newegg) Total: $503.80 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-27 11:34 EDT-0400)



Thank you again, Looks like i got everything i need :) 
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