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June 10, 2014 10:45:25 AM

Okay, so I got the HP Elite 8000 CMT, which was packed with the following

-Intel Core 2 Duo e8500~3.16ghz
-Intel GMA x450 or some other shitty integrated
-4GB DDR3 RAM
-A stock HP 320w PSU


I replaced that crappy Intel GMA or whatever with an XFX Radeon 6670 2GB DDR3 budget gaming card. It isn't super fast, but it does the job. Now, I am getting sick and tired of my crappy old Core 2 Duo and would really like a replacement, but I have a max TDP limit, so I don't completely explode my Power Supply Unit, and I also have a budget of 100 bucks. (Preferably around the 80 mark) I don't want a super fast high end technology gaming card that is going to blow up my PSU, I just want something better than the Core 2 Duo e8500. If you have any possible PSU replacements, please mention them as well. Please do not tell me to get a new computer, because I do not have enough money, and this computer has actually gamed fairly well. (plus I mainly play Minecraft most of the time anyways)
It has gotten:

- 90 fps in Warframe on max settings
-50 fps in Grand Theft Auto IV on medium settings
-115 fps in Team Fortress 2 on max settings
-30 fps in Red Orchestra 2 on medium settings
-250 fps in Minecraft max settings


All in 720p or higher, which I find acceptable. I pretty much find my computer acceptable, because it beats out a console, any day. Anyways, back on track, please leave suggestions for a PSU or a CPU, and thanks in advance:) 

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June 10, 2014 10:49:20 AM

dude honestly that core 2 will keep up with most i3's still and is more than enough to pair with that gpu. I would just save the money towards a build later down the road. also with a 100 dollar budget you can not upgrade that cpu due to the socket type being lga 775 the best you can get for that is an old core 2 quad and not sure if you will get it for under 100. save and build later your system is strong enough for now
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June 10, 2014 10:54:38 AM

100 dollar CPU upgrade will not get you anything but maybe 10-15% improvement. You would be throwing money away.
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June 10, 2014 10:59:39 AM

I do not believe there is a better cpu for lga 775 socket at $100 3.1ghz x2 cores is not terrible could do much worse
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June 10, 2014 11:01:52 AM

NormH said:
I do not believe there is a better cpu for lga 775 socket at $100 3.1ghz x2 cores is not terrible could do much worse


Okay, okay I agree when you said to save up for a new computer. Perhaps you could point me to a reliable, strong mobo that is worth the money? That would be where I'll start.
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June 10, 2014 11:06:47 AM

That depends on how much money you got. We could build you a 4000$ multi-CPU multi-GPU 4k rapetrain or a budget console killer, its up to you!
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June 10, 2014 11:10:44 AM

BigBadBeef said:
That depends on how much money you got. We could build you a 4000$ multi-CPU multi-GPU 4k rapetrain or a budget console killer, its up to you!


Well first off, it is going to be a few years before I will be able to work up the funds, but preferably my budget would be under 1200 bucks.
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June 10, 2014 11:11:56 AM

if you change the motherboard the processor you have will not work but if you want to buy a part at a time until you have a full build that's different. I would get something that will be around a while so either an i5 compatible or kaveri amd based board. if you do not plan to overclock you can get a decent msi or gigabyte board for about $60 either socket lga 1155 or socket AM3+
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June 10, 2014 11:12:54 AM

I can build you a $350 dollar pc that will handle most games at mid settings with about 30-40 fps
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June 10, 2014 11:16:38 AM

NormH said:
if you change the motherboard the processor you have will not work but if you want to buy a part at a time until you have a full build that's different. I would get something that will be around a while so either an i5 compatible or kaveri amd based board. if you do not plan to overclock you can get a decent msi or gigabyte board for about $60 either socket lga 1155 or socket AM3+


Yeah, I was talking about a part at a time. This PC I have now is just to tide me over until I have some decent cash put together.
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June 10, 2014 11:17:21 AM

NormH said:
I can build you a $350 dollar pc that will handle most games at mid settings with about 30-40 fps


I would prefer max settings, 60 fps at under 1000 bucks? Would it be possible?
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June 10, 2014 11:20:18 AM

Yes it is, A xeon 1231, a bit exotic CPU but its i7 at the price of i5, an H97 chipset, 8 gigs of ram and R9 280X. Set aside a little something for the hard drive and you got a decent gaming rig.
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June 10, 2014 11:22:50 AM

BigBadBeef said:
Yes it is, A xeon 1231, a bit exotic CPU but its i7 at the price of i5, an H97 chipset, 8 gigs of ram and R9 280X. Set aside a little something for the hard drive and you got a decent gaming rig.


I thought that Xeons were for manning servers, and heavy workloads, not gaming. The R9 280X was exactly what I had in mind. I was going to say an R9 290X2, but just that graphics card alone would be more than 1000 bucks. Thanks bro, good suggestions.
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June 10, 2014 11:25:09 AM

Like I said, its an exotic choice for gaming, but you'd be the Intel rebel like me, my rig is still on its way from germany. :D 

You know the cinderella story, right? If shoe fits... wear it! ;) 
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June 10, 2014 11:31:51 AM

for 1k you can build a beast machine but I would wait until you are closer to about 1-200 dollars from having it all then ask for a list because tech changes and there will be price drops and better parts available
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June 10, 2014 11:33:09 AM

BigBadBeef said:
Like I said, its an exotic choice for gaming, but you'd be the Intel rebel like me, my rig is still on its way from germany. :D 

You know the cinderella story, right? If shoe fits... wear it! ;) 


Thanks for the help:) :) 
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June 10, 2014 11:48:52 AM

Lower tier Xeons are just more robust versions of the same-gen consumer CPUs. It's a good buy, it will run hard for years and remain stable.

It's not until you get into the chips designed for four-way architecture that you start seeing them drop off in gaming performance, mostly from the fact that they're insanely expensive and focus on core count over core speed. (Example, the E7-4890v2, 15 core, 2.8GHz, 3.4GHz turbo, 37.5MB L3 cache, $6.6k per.)
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