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Budget PC to Gaming PC Upgrade

I built a budget PC a while back, and now I want to upgrade it to a more gaming-quality machine. This is the PC I have now: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/alanhenry/saved/1x7t
I have around $100 -$150 to spend on various upgrades, and I can't decide which would be best. I was looking at a quad-core CPU (maybe an A8), and if so, should I get a discrete GPU or use the integrated one on the A8? Also, would a RAM upgrade be worth the while?
Thanks.
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    Hello thats a nice budget build. I would recommend you that you should go with the cpu that fits into your budget because it doesn't as much matter than the graphics card.
    Although its not a good idea to go with integrated graphics. Nvidia GTX 650ti or AMD Radeon 7770 would fit in your budget as they are $120 if you look around for good prices.
    And the ram upgrade is worth it, its a smart choice to go with DDR3-1600 memory but then it finally rounds up for what types of games you want to play.
    Hope this helps. If there is anything I could do, then just ask us! :)
  2. Thank you so much for your help. So investing in a better graphics card is better than upgrading from a dual-core CPU to a quad-core CPU? I'm not looking for highest settings, but a machine that could comfortably play some games (maybe Civ 5, AC, NBA 2K, Possibly Skyrim). Also, do both of my RAM sticks have to be the same size? Or could I only upgrade one of them?
  3. cusefan said:
    Thank you so much for your help. So investing in a better graphics card is better than upgrading from a dual-core CPU to a quad-core CPU? I'm not looking for highest settings, but a machine that could comfortably play some games (maybe Civ 5, AC, NBA 2K, Possibly Skyrim). Also, do both of my RAM sticks have to be the same size? Or could I only upgrade one of them?


    Welcome =) It is better to invest more in the graphics card. Also for best performance, it is better to use 2 sticks of 2 gb ram ram that makes it total of 4gb. It is important because then it will be dual channel, one ram will read and the other ram will write. Hope this helps =)
  4. You can get an asus radeon hd 7850 in your budget and you pc will run it fine.
    You can pretty much max out Skyrim and World of Warcraft at 60 fps with a 7850.
    You processer will bottleneck your gpu a little, but it is nothing drastic.

    Happy gaming :)
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