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I have a very odd PC, looking to upgrade this cyber monday/black friday. I am just honestly stumped on how to proceed.

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November 19, 2013 11:44:48 PM

Hello again after a year.

Ok so I have this odd machine next to me. It has served me well over the year and half I have had it. Was AC4 on highest settings except shadows on low and AA at SMAA.

Looking ti upgrade this IF IT CAN BE.

Processor : Intel® Core™ i3 - 2120 Processor

OS: WindDows 8

System Board: H61H2-CM

System Memory: 4GB composed of 1- 4096MB DDR3

Hard Drive: 1TB 7200 RPM

There is a generic DVD Drive Dual Layer Blah Blah

GPU: AMD Radeon 7750


Power Supply: 300 Watts LP-8869P


Opinion on upgrading which component. Do you think this should be upgraded or just start from scratch while harvesting parts from it. Which do you think is a better option.

Price Range is $400 on upgrading. Was $700 but I need a laptop for class and other mobile uses. I found an i3 for $300 at staples.
November 19, 2013 11:58:50 PM

4gb more RAM, a greater PSU, an i5/i7 and a better video card are the best upgrades for that IMO
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November 20, 2013 12:18:41 AM

In regards to your budget I believe your upgrade priority should be PSU>GPU>RAM
Apologies the only place I know about PC parts from is Newegg as I'm not American so I'll be using those links.

Ram> Buying it in pairs is always best, hence why I've linked a pair of sticks. Something like this would be a fine upgrade for your RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($100 roughly)

PSU> This part largely depends on the upgrade path for your chosen GPU but due to a potential bottleneck with your processor that is limited so i think something like this will be good
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3KX...($100 roughly again)

GPU>Due to the limitation of your Processor I think something like this would be a good upgrade from your current card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...($130-150)

That said you could also benefit from a change in processor but I've just tried to do the best in your budget

Alternatively you could just pick up a new processor like this one instead of the GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and then in the future just pick up a GPU as you can accord, the current one you have is not awful but not exactly good either.
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November 20, 2013 12:18:43 AM

In regards to your budget I believe your upgrade priority should be PSU>GPU>RAM
Apologies the only place I know about PC parts from is Newegg as I'm not American so I'll be using those links.

Ram> Buying it in pairs is always best, hence why I've linked a pair of sticks. Something like this would be a fine upgrade for your RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($100 roughly)

PSU> This part largely depends on the upgrade path for your chosen GPU but due to a potential bottleneck with your processor that is limited so i think something like this will be good
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3KX...($100 roughly again)

GPU>Due to the limitation of your Processor I think something like this would be a good upgrade from your current card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...($130-150)

That said you could also benefit from a change in processor but I've just tried to do the best in your budget

Alternatively you could just pick up a new processor like this one instead of the GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and then in the future just pick up a GPU as you can accord, the current one you have is not awful but not exactly good either.
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November 20, 2013 12:46:26 AM

I think you need to upgrade the power supply before you do anything else. I looked up the label on a LP-8869P and it's only really a 168 watt PSU (12amps x 14volts), they are fudging their numbers by including the 5 volt and 3.3 volt rails on the power rating.

You're computer is more or less perfectly balanced so that if you upgrade one part (of the mobo,cpu,gpu,ram) the other three will bottleneck you somewhat.

The cheapest meaningful upgrade would be as follows

CPU Intel Core i5-2320 $190 (only found this at amazon)
PSU CORSAIR CX 430W $45
Radeon HD 7850 $150 (or a r9 270 for $180)
Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM $32

So that's $417 (or $440) in total
and you could shave off another $15 by going with a Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W for the PSU (but they aren't as reliable as corsair).

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November 20, 2013 12:53:15 AM

Also, don't listen AshyCFC (sorry Ashy) he's recommended server ram, which is over priced and not needed, an Ivy bridge processor, which probably won't work on your mobo(the manufacturer only claims the mobo works with Sandy Bridge 32nm CPUs), and a PSU that's a overpriced for what you need.
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November 20, 2013 12:59:55 AM

MagicPants said:
Also, don't listen AshyCFC (sorry Ashy) he's recommended server ram, which is over priced and not needed, an Ivy bridge processor, which probably won't work on your mobo(the manufacturer only claims the mobo works with Sandy Bridge 32nm CPUs), and a PSU that's a overpriced for what you need.


This is why I'm awful at looking for parts on american websites in a rush at 7am, apologies. also don't know much about intel so hope other can advise better!
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November 20, 2013 4:39:40 PM

MagicPants said:
I think you need to upgrade the power supply before you do anything else. I looked up the label on a LP-8869P and it's only really a 168 watt PSU (12amps x 14volts), they are fudging their numbers by including the 5 volt and 3.3 volt rails on the power rating.

You're computer is more or less perfectly balanced so that if you upgrade one part (of the mobo,cpu,gpu,ram) the other three will bottleneck you somewhat.

The cheapest meaningful upgrade would be as follows

CPU Intel Core i5-2320 $190 (only found this at amazon)
PSU CORSAIR CX 430W $45
Radeon HD 7850 $150 (or a r9 270 for $180)
Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM $32

So that's $417 (or $440) in total
and you could shave off another $15 by going with a Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W for the PSU (but they aren't as reliable as corsair).



Thanks man, I am going to wait until cyber monday for the prices to go down a bit. Should be able to get what you recommend for about $350-400.

Thanks man.

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