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February 16, 2014 11:50:52 AM

Current Build:
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
MoBo: ASRock B75 PRO3
PSU: Cooler Master EPP 500W
CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB

I apologize in advance for the shoddy build, above. It was my first custom build computer, in September of 2012. I've since gotten (at least, a bit) better.

I'm looking to upgrade my current build, as seen above. I'd love to get some help from the very smart people from Tom's. :) 

Must Have Upgrades / Additions:
Dedicated GPU
PSU
RAM
Two FHD (1080p) Monitors [21"+]

I would like a new, at least 2GB GDDR5 GPU.
PSU rated at least 750W, certified preferred.
I want to double my RAM. My current RAM is no longer in stock, so I can't just repurchase it.

My budget has a max of $1,000, but somewhere between $600 and $800 would be great, as well.

Thanks in advance, guys!
February 16, 2014 12:09:51 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($85.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $965.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 15:09 EST-0500)
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February 16, 2014 12:13:21 PM

TheMohammadmo said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($85.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $965.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 15:09 EST-0500)



@TheMohammadmo
First of all, thank you for your suggestions! I'll take a look at them, after I post this. The only thing missing was the two monitors that, admittedly, you may have missed my edit when you started compiling the list.

But, I'd like to clarify. You're suggesting that I upgrade the entire build? Surely, there's something redeemable about it that I can save, and put towards upgrading another part better, right?
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February 16, 2014 12:26:11 PM

Well its up to you, because if you want a good computer and 2 monitors that are 1080p, you are gonna have one really bad computer to be honest with you. Also why 2 monitors, this is probably the best build you could get for your money and the only thing you could possible lower down is to get the gtx 660 instead of the 760
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February 16, 2014 12:45:21 PM

TheMohammadmo said:
Well its up to you, because if you want a good computer and 2 monitors that are 1080p, you are gonna have one really bad computer to be honest with you. Also why 2 monitors, this is probably the best build you could get for your money and the only thing you could possible lower down is to get the gtx 660 instead of the 760


I'm not requesting an entirely new build - just a few parts. The build up top is what I already OWN/USE. Not what I plan on buying. The "Upgrades / Additions" is what I intend to buy.

I need two monitors because I'm a designer/programmer and they would come in handy.
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February 16, 2014 2:54:20 PM

Oh ok, my bad didnt notice that. Ok well for a 1000 bucks here are the parts I would upgrade to


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($155.43 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($135.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $976.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 17:53 EST-0500)


Ok now here is an option you keep your cpu and mobo and get bigger monitors or a gtx 780. In my opinion the monitors are perfectly fine.
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