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September 19, 2013 11:22:40 AM

Hello,

My knowledge of hardware and building a system is very basic. I was wondering if I could get some advice on whether I should build a whole new system or just upgrade my current one.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week or two

Budget Range: Upgrade: 400-600 /// Brand new build: 1300-1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Some FRAPs

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade:

I'm currently using;

CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1050T
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
Memory: DDR3 1333 8GB (4gb x2)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 550ti

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 8


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference on website, as long as it's safe.

Location: Massachusetts, USA. There is a microcenter close by as well.

Parts Preferences: Just because I have used them in the past I would prefer to stick with Intel / Nvidia... but willing to change for better performance/price.

Overclocking: Maybe, definitely a possibility.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, I'd like to keep my options open in case I want to in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would like a cool looking case.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My computer seems to be getting "sluggish" slow boot ups and random freezes. It's about 3 years old. While I can always do a reinstall of Windows 7 I'm not sure if it will totally fix the problem. I can't tell if it's a hardware issue or software. Would also like to be able runs games at max settings.

This is the list of parts I picked out if I decide on building a PC.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Ithwail/saved/2pZr

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September 19, 2013 11:28:27 AM

Grab memtest86, put it on a usb and run to check your RAM (direction on making a bootable usb on memtest site).

Your platform is still solid, it could use a stronger graphics card; an ssd and fresh OS install would do wonders for your boot time, as well as overall system responsiveness.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($242.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $392.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-19 14:28 EDT-0400)
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September 19, 2013 11:44:21 AM

You don't think that it's worth it to upgrade from 1333 DDR3 RAM to 1600?
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September 19, 2013 11:48:53 AM

Thanks for the edit.

Is there anything I can do with my CPU? Wish I could put an i5 on there unfortunately it's not that easy :( 
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September 19, 2013 12:18:02 PM

Ithwail said:
You don't think that it's worth it to upgrade from 1333 DDR3 RAM to 1600?


No, 1333 is the max the fsb natively supports. Unless you plan on overclocking the fsb, there's no benefit for you.
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September 19, 2013 12:21:05 PM

Ithwail said:
Thanks for the edit.

Is there anything I can do with my CPU? Wish I could put an i5 on there unfortunately it's not that easy :( 


Not really. The mobo would support a 965 black if you can find one, but you'd need an aftermarket cooler and heavy overclock on it to see much benefit over your current processor.

Your current CPU isn't bad. You'll see a lot more benefit from a video card upgrade and ssd than CPU at this point, though I can give you a full build option in a bit.
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September 19, 2013 12:33:23 PM

Buy the CPU and mobo from microcenter for the bundle deal (4670k & Z87 motherboard, I recommend Asrock extreme4). PSU capacity to support a 2nd 780 and overclocking down the road.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($640.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.87 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-118BB DVD/CD Drive ($13.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1054.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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September 19, 2013 1:46:40 PM

Thanks for the help. I'm marking you as solution. One last question.

What is your preference between Windows 8 / Window 7?
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September 21, 2013 5:22:25 AM

for a gaming system, 7.
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