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March 10, 2014 8:19:02 PM

Hello there, I'm new to these forums and don't know much about PC's, but I'd like some advice on what's mentioned in the title. I'm looking to be able to play current gen games (such as Battlefield 4) and relatively next gen games at around high or beyond settings. My current PC can't handle that and I'd like to know if I should upgrade this PC (as I'm unsure of what is compatible with APU's and such) or build a completely new PC (possibly from scratch unless some of the PC's components can be reused).

I'm currently using a Hp Pavillion of the P6 series:

Specifications: AMD A6-3620 APU with Radeon HD Graphics (Radeon HD6530) 4CPUs -2.2Ghz
8Gb DDR3 of RAM

Budget Range for upgrading or building a new PC: $750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: No (my current resolution is 1440 x 900)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, preferably Windows 7

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada


I'm looking to upgrade/create the PC sometime next year and any help at all/ suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for replies and suggestions.

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March 10, 2014 8:25:18 PM

Prices for computer parts flow A TON. As we can setup a build list for you, we cannot insure that the prices will stay the same.
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March 10, 2014 8:40:55 PM

ImPrettyIrish said:
Prices for computer parts flow A TON. As we can setup a build list for you, we cannot insure that the prices will stay the same.


Something like a build list would be perfect, even if the prices may change in the future. Thank you.
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March 10, 2014 8:42:57 PM

It wouldn't be an upgrade. You're looking at a full build. If you're fine with playing at 1440x900 than $750 would be pretty easy to do. Post back when you're close to a go to get best options.
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March 10, 2014 8:50:22 PM

IvanTheIcecube said:
ImPrettyIrish said:
Prices for computer parts flow A TON. As we can setup a build list for you, we cannot insure that the prices will stay the same.


Something like a build list would be perfect, even if the prices may change in the future. Thank you.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/37N1h
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/37N1h/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/37N1h/benchmarks/

Something like this would work at that resolution..

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $795.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 23:49 EDT-0400)
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