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September 15, 2013 2:33:02 PM

My current computer is one i built 3 years ago. Its been unused since last october (lifes been crazy) but come december i am investing money so i can play new vids. Its a gaming pc foremost.
Current system;

Power supply: corsair vx550w
Processor: phenom ii x2 560
Mobo: asus m4a87td evo am3
Video card: msi geforce twin frozrII 560gtx-ti 1gb
Hdd 500gb 7200rpm seagate
OS: win 7
Edit; forgot ram somehow, 2x2gb 1333hz.


I have about $1200 to blow on a new pc, not until december though.

If i buy new or upgrade i will sell the parts i dont reuse. I want a new harddrive and possibly a ssd of theyre worth it, although i am still doing research on them. or reforemat the old one. I want the new computer feel and there is nothing on the old hdd i absolutely need

So, upgrade, or buy new?
September 15, 2013 2:37:00 PM

If you got a Samsung 840 Evo or another SSD and another GPU say a HD 7870 you could get away with spending $300 and have a PC that can Ultra most things at 1080p. I say upgrade depending on what resolution you play and it will do you for another year or 2 years.
September 15, 2013 2:41:24 PM

Edit; doing this from phone. Didnt mean to post this yet.
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September 15, 2013 2:42:25 PM

You will have to re-use your hard drive and optical drive.
Do you have an optical drive?
September 15, 2013 2:43:12 PM

One thing to note. My tower is basic amnd ugly and i would love a nicer one and it also has only 1x120mm fan and no room for more.

Also, my motherboard only supports am3, not am3+. So with different money (not the $1200) i will get a new monitor and some other stuff. Resolution i expect 1080p unless things have changed and higher has become the norm
September 15, 2013 2:49:21 PM

The $1200 only needs to include hardware for the pc. OS , monitor etc i can use other money if i habe to, although the wife may not like it. Lol.

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September 15, 2013 2:51:49 PM
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shaunfw190 said:
The $1200 only needs to include hardware for the pc. OS , monitor etc i can use other money if i habe to, although the wife may not like it. Lol.


I included it anyways just to show you the price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($398.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1210.91

If you still have the original box, manuals, etc. for your old hardware, other than the hard drive and optical drive, I would sell them on Ebay or Amazon. That could be used toward saving you money on this build.
September 15, 2013 2:52:03 PM

shaunfw190 said:
The $1200 only needs to include hardware for the pc. OS , monitor etc i can use other money if i habe to, although the wife may not like it. Lol.


I'd save the money as for 1080p gaming you have more than enough already, just get a SSD to make it faster and a GPU for more eyecandy. If you hate the case take another $100 and get a Corsair 500R or something like that, the money would be better spent later on when it can't do what you want, and you can take some parts, i.e Case, GPU and put them in another when you feel like it.
September 15, 2013 2:59:13 PM

If your not going to spend until December, I would wait till then to ask. There will be new products to consider with various price changes likely to happen to lots of things. The parts you may look at now might not be available in stores, or could be better deals. Difficult to forecast.
September 15, 2013 3:18:34 PM

Thankyou kindly for your responses. It grants the food for thought i was hoping to gain.
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