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December 13, 2013 3:24:13 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my current build as it is hardly supporting any of the new games that are/are coming out even on the lowest possible settings with internal configurations added.

My current build is as follows:
CPU: AMD Athlon ii x2 245
Motherboard: Gigabyte DDR2 1200 (GA-MA785GM-US2H)
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT620 2GB DDR3
RAM: Kingston KVR 2x2GB (KVR800DZN6KZ/4g)

I'm looking to upgrade to these parts:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jsIi
This is based on a small budget of $350. I believe this will offer a lot better performance compared to my typical 8-14 FPS on extremely low settings in open world/FPS games with my current build.

I was posting here to see what you guys could suggest. Are there any other parts that can offer the same performance for a lower price? Also do you guys know of any good deals that can offer similar parts at cheaper prices? I'm basically looking to just save the most amount of money this holiday, but increase the over performance of my current computer.

I'm looking to use this new build for a bit of typical gaming on high/ultra settings mixed, and to use it for common browsing and chatting.
I plan on keeping everything except the CPU, Motherboard, and GPU since they can be upgraded later without harm.

Any input that you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated! :) 
December 13, 2013 4:23:33 PM

I updated the post with more information. Hopefully someone can help me out!
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December 13, 2013 4:30:50 PM

That system will be far more powerful than the system you have. It is a good upgrade.
What power supply unit do you have?
If you can post the make/model i will check to make sure it will run your new system
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December 13, 2013 4:32:22 PM

I think your ram is DDR2. is that correct? If so it will not work in your new motherboard
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December 13, 2013 4:49:11 PM

jay2577 said:
I think your ram is DDR2. is that correct? If so it will not work in your new motherboard


I figured that it would be a pretty huge change from my current. Also you're right about the RAM and motherboard compatibility. I went ahead and added some new RAM: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2cW9B
I can possibly squeeze the extra money for it, but we will see.

Also, what do you think of the video card? Do you know of any cards that are similar/cheaper, but offer just as good performance as the 7870?

In terms of my PSU I have: Rocket Fish 432w (Rf-500WPS2)
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December 13, 2013 7:00:10 PM

That graphics card is a good buy:)  I don't think you will get anything else that good for the money:) 
A good choice for the ram too:) 
The bad news is that your PSU is not going to be good enough to power your new parts:( 
It is a really low quality unit which won't supply enough power.
The power supply unit is quite often overlooked but it's one of the most important components in a computer. It's the only component which can destroy all your other components when it goes wrong.
you will definitely need a new one:( 
It's 3am here in the UK but i'll check back in the morning and see what i can do to help:) 
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December 13, 2013 7:36:30 PM

jay2577 said:
That graphics card is a good buy:)  I don't think you will get anything else that good for the money:) 
A good choice for the ram too:) 
The bad news is that your PSU is not going to be good enough to power your new parts:( 
It is a really low quality unit which won't supply enough power.
The power supply unit is quite often overlooked but it's one of the most important components in a computer. It's the only component which can destroy all your other components when it goes wrong.
you will definitely need a new one:( 
It's 3am here in the UK but i'll check back in the morning and see what i can do to help:) 


Well that is unfortunate. I was hoping to keep things below $400 with just a CPU, GPU, and motherboard. Adding the RAM and a new PSU definitely puts me up to about $500. I thought my PSU would be able to handle it as I used a PSU calculator to calculate the new parts in it which came to a minimum PSU of at least 310w with the parts peaking around 360-380w at 95% load at my own assumption.

Here is what I have now in terms of the PSU: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2jWOs

Hopefully you or someone else can provide some more information and assistance. I am definitely looking forward to wanting to buy a good build soon, but as I said I'm definitely limited when it comes to budget.

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December 14, 2013 1:52:25 AM

Your PSU is a tier 5 unit which is of very low quality and won't put out the wattage advertised. If you look at this website it recommends it not to be used at all.
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

I added a better quality PSU to your build which which is $69.99 but it has has a $30 mail rebate making it actually $39.99.The total system price would be
Base Total: $472.95
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Total: $432.95

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2k3Zq

If you wish to make it cheaper it will mean making compromises on performance. I can do this for you of you want within a specified budget.
I also recommend at a later date when you have some more money adding an aftermarket cooler to you FX6300 and overclocking it to 4Ghz. All you would have to do is change the multiplier in the bios which would give a nice performance boost.
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December 14, 2013 12:03:21 PM

jay2577 said:
Your PSU is a tier 5 unit which is of very low quality and won't put out the wattage advertised. If you look at this website it recommends it not to be used at all.
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

I added a better quality PSU to your build which which is $69.99 but it has has a $30 mail rebate making it actually $39.99.The total system price would be
Base Total: $472.95
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Total: $432.95

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2k3Zq

If you wish to make it cheaper it will mean making compromises on performance. I can do this for you of you want within a specified budget.
I also recommend at a later date when you have some more money adding an aftermarket cooler to you FX6300 and overclocking it to 4Ghz. All you would have to do is change the multiplier in the bios which would give a nice performance boost.


How much performance loss do you suppose we are facing here if I downgrade it a bit?
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December 14, 2013 12:54:57 PM

What resolution do you game at? Also what games do you play? I'll try and find something a little cheaper for you:) 
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December 14, 2013 1:02:15 PM

jay2577 said:
What resolution do you game at? Also what games do you play? I'll try and find something a little cheaper for you:) 


I play on 1600x900.
I mostly play Infestation Survivor Stories and DayZ; just larger world survival games.

Hopefully you can consolidate a cheaper build without too much performance loss.

Thank you for all of the help by the way! :D 
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December 14, 2013 1:24:07 PM

At that resolution you don't really need a 2gb graphics card. You could go with this for $388.95

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2khsz

It includes everything including the power supply unit. Trimming more off the price will lower the quality of gameplay but i can do that if you wish:) 
And helping is no problem:) 

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December 14, 2013 3:30:14 PM

jay2577 said:
At that resolution you don't really need a 2gb graphics card. You could go with this for $388.95

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2khsz

It includes everything including the power supply unit. Trimming more off the price will lower the quality of gameplay but i can do that if you wish:) 
And helping is no problem:) 



From the looks of it, your new build there seems really good!
I looked up some tests of the same parts for some of the newest games:

BF4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FwStIArKug
Crysis 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG0GzQI1uXQ
Skyrim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i-4ormVIxQ
ACIV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaLrnoQWgSE

I may decide to go with this one based on the gameplay of those games seeing as how those are newer and they require more than the games I currently play now, I should not even come close to having any FPS problems while gaming

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December 14, 2013 3:38:15 PM

Okay:) 
If you have any further questions just post on this thread.

I had an AMD 7850 and only took it out of my computer 2 weeks ago. It was a good card and I played Crysis 3, Skyrim and part of Assassins Creed 4 with it(still playing it on my new cards).
I also played Crysis 3 and Skyrim with a quad core AMD FX CPU just fine before I upgraded to my 8 core.
I hope you have fun with your new build:) 

P.S You can buy an aftermarket cooler later on when you have the budget for that CPU and overclock it for more performance
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