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November 4, 2013 7:23:51 PM

i don't know if i should add better parts to my PC or just build a new one. i"m looking for something for gaming and can hopefully run battlefield 4 and other fps on high. should i keep any components or just ditch them? here are my current internals

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
Memory 9.00 GB (3.24 GB usable)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition, 32-bit
power supply 460 watt
motherboard Pegatron corporation Truckee
case hp pavillion elite
storage 395 gb hard drive
i'm hoping for a new case and a graphics card. i don't know if i should keep the processor and everything else. can you guys supply me with some decent gaming components that would be good for a build? i don"t know about fans or power supply so that would help.my budget would be around 600$. let me know if you need to know anything else about the computer.

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November 4, 2013 7:38:26 PM

You do realize that the reason you only have 3.24GB of usable RAM is because 32-bit systems don't see/use more than 4GB, right? Anyway...given your specs, and that we're talking about a store-bought HP, I'd start over; build something custom, especially if you wanna play modern games. You really need a new everything: OS, CPU (might as well), motherboard, graphics card, PSU, case...that's pretty much everything.

I wouldn't put an old HP on life-support by throwing new components at it...it's pretty outdated.
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November 4, 2013 7:39:05 PM

I would recommend building a new one, but thats just me. Check this out :) 

https://teksyndicate.com/videos/kill-your-console-build...
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November 4, 2013 7:40:47 PM

I would just upgrade the GPU and Windows.

Windows 64-bit would make the rest of you system RAM available:
Windows 7 Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or if you need Pro:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for GPU, you would be looking at a Radeon 280x or a GTX 770:
Radeon 280x:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GTX 770:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, upgrade the PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I tend to favor the Radeon 280x, but both cards would serve you really well.

Note: All these parts are re-usable if you should decide to upgrade the CPU later.
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November 4, 2013 7:40:51 PM

ACTechy said:
You do realize that the reason you only have 3.24GB of usable RAM is because 32-bit systems don't see/use more than 4GB, right? Anyway...given your specs, and that we're talking about a store-bought HP, I'd start over; build something custom, especially if you wanna play modern games. You really need a new everything: OS, CPU (might as well), Graphics card, PSU, case...that's pretty much everything. I wouldn't put an old HP on life-support by throwing new components at it...it's pretty outdated.

yes i know that's why its only using that much. so now that i know to ditch it. what build would you recommend for the estimated price?
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November 4, 2013 7:52:15 PM

tbone3050 said:
xTwitch said:
I would recommend building a new one, but thats just me. Check this out :) 

https://teksyndicate.com/videos/kill-your-console-build...


ok thanks. anything i should keep like the ram or my HDD or just completely rebuild it?



i would keep the memory (ram) as you dont need more than 8gb for normal use/gaming
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November 4, 2013 7:53:13 PM

xTwitch said:
tbone3050 said:
xTwitch said:
I would recommend building a new one, but thats just me. Check this out :) 

https://teksyndicate.com/videos/kill-your-console-build...


ok thanks. anything i should keep like the ram or my HDD or just completely rebuild it?



i would keep the memory (ram) as you dont need more than 8gb for normal use/gaming


ok thanks i will use this for my next build!
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November 4, 2013 7:53:33 PM

Tall order ;) 

Here's one option:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6200 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($128.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $613.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-04 22:53 EST-0500)

At that price area, AMD CPU is the way to go, at a higher price point I'd recommend i5 or even i7, but tight budgets are tight budgets.

EDIT: I'd go the FX-6200 route over the Athlon X4 route on the above teksyndicate build...more cores, more cache, higher clocks.
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November 4, 2013 8:05:07 PM

ACTechy said:
Tall order ;) 

Here's one option:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6200 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($128.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $613.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-04 22:53 EST-0500)

At that price area, AMD CPU is the way to go, at a higher price point I'd recommend i5 or even i7, but tight budgets are tight budgets.

EDIT: I'd go the FX-6200 route over the Athlon X4 route on the above teksyndicate build...more cores, more cache, higher clocks.


thanks ill use this too :) 

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November 4, 2013 8:08:22 PM

Seems like your set. If you have any more questions dont hesitate to ask. :) 
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