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Build or update my current rig? Plan on ordering parts within the next 8-10 hours!!!

Ok here is the deal, my folks are gifting me money to either build a new machine or upgrade/ revamp my current rig. I am attached to my case as I've setup a matching color scheme. More info on this later. For now, here is my current rig's specs:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3LXGJx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3LXGJx/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $604.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-16 07:53 EDT-0400

Of course I didn't pay some of these price when I built my rig.

What would the computer be used for: Gaming, Video watching, Music Production, Internet Browsing, Audio/Video recoding, Video editing (1080p), photo editing.

Purchase when: within the next 8-10 hours

Retailer: Amazon only please! I have Prime shipping, might as well put it to use as much as possible.

Budget: $1500 (But I get to keep what's leftover provided I've done enough upgrading or building. So an upgrade may be cheaper and allow me both worlds (cash on hand and a more powerful rig.)

I have grown very partial to my case, I love it. So that also makes me hesitant on building a new build.

What I don't need: Keyboard (I have a Corsair K70), Mouse (Logitech G700S), Speakers, Monitor (Samsung 1080p IPS Display w/ HDMI and VGA inputs.) Wireless adapter, OS

Games I like to play in my free time: Command and Conquer 3 and Red Alert 3, Sims 2 and 3, Minecraft, Terraria, Starbound, Xcom, Diablo III w/ expansion, Torchlight 1 and 2, Saint's Row 3 and 4, Simcity 2013, 3 and 4, Borderlands 1 and 2, Bioshock (all), Tropico 4, Marvel Heroes, Just Cause 2 and will a lot of different ones I guess.

I've been happy with this rig, but if I'm able to get a free upgrade that why not? My current rig was built on a smaller budget anyhow. I just don't know where to go from here.

Also note: I don't really overclock much as I usually buy stuff that ends up being more powerful than I need currently as I look to the future. Also I am not against buying last gen cpu's if the price is good and comparison is not that large on upgrade. (EX: Say an Core i7 and mobo combo of last gen would be only about 2% worse than current gen. I really don't know where that stands, but I'd be open to something like that as I know intel would be more power efficient than my AMD cpu is.)

I've thought about a better gpu, maybe Nvidia, I am kind of partial to the Green team, but not so much of a fanboy to wave off the Red team. My build is oriented around a Red theme as of now, I have a few other parts I'm gonna slap into the case to further emphasize the "Code Red" theme. (Red lighting, add a few more fans and replace one fan (it has blue leds in it.)

Also note: I'm not sure where the rest of the parts went for my cpu cooler, so the budget may have to include a new cpu cooler if the stock one doesn't work and it's decided to upgrade the platform. (Which I am open to as well) I do like the 212 Evo, but something simpler might be cool, but I feel... comfortable with the 212 evo to use it again.

Sorry this post was so long, but I wanted to attempt to include as much information as possible.

Hopefully someone is able to help me. I don't get any money or items if I don't do this. It's kind of a reward for doing so much for my folks. But it's something that could be wasted and I hate to see waste, lol :)
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  1. For $1500 you could get a giant killer.

    eg - Tom's http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-gaming-pc,3766.html

    To get in budget, just change -
    i7 4770k to i5 4690k
    but get an ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 mobo to match

    Change the 780Ti to a Asus780 or even a Gigabyte 770 to save more

    Just get a DVD write instead of bluray

    or Google 'Tom's $1500 build' and see what you like.
  2. i7Baby said:
    For $1500 you could get a giant killer.

    eg - Tom's http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-gaming-pc,3766.html

    To get in budget, just change -
    i7 4770k to i5 4690k
    but get an ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 mobo to match

    Change the 780Ti to a Asus780 or even a Gigabyte 770 to save more

    Just get a DVD write instead of bluray

    or Google 'Tom's $1500 build' and see what you like.



    Here is my rebuild idea:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2q2zFT
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2q2zFT/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($71.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB ACX Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($19.95 @ Amazon)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master Blade Master 76.8 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.81 @ Amazon)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master Blade Master 76.8 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.81 @ Amazon)
    Case Fan: Arctic Cooling Arctic F14 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan ($11.95 @ Amazon)
    Case Fan: Arctic Cooling Arctic F14 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan ($11.95 @ Amazon)
    Other: USB 3.0 PCI-e Card- Prime Shipping ($30.99)
    Total: $1141.38
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-16 09:48 EDT-0400

    The ACTUAL parts I would be buying would cost: $992.45

    Thoughts on the upgrade?

    Note: I tried to keep a lower budget AND keep to my theme of Red.
  3. Best answer
    this is an other suggestion and you will keep your mobo , a lot better gpu for the money
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rnByqs
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($143.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290X 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($514.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($140.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1157.87
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-16 10:01 EDT-0400

    with the money you saved , you will be able to do a lan party! HIHI!

    or this one here

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/F8cyqs
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97 MPOWER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($338.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($140.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Micro Center)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master Blade Master 76.8 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.81 @ Amazon)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master Blade Master 76.8 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.81 @ Amazon)
    Case Fan: Arctic Cooling Arctic F14 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan ($10.98 @ OutletPC)
    Case Fan: Arctic Cooling Arctic F14 77.3 CFM 140mm Fan ($10.98 @ OutletPC)
    Other: USB 3.0 PCI-e Card- Prime Shipping ($30.99)
    Total: $1233.45
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-16 10:15 EDT-0400
  4. badboyrog2 said:
    this is an other suggestion and you will keep your mobo
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rnByqs
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($143.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290X 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($514.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($140.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1157.87
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-16 10:01 EDT-0400

    with the money you saved , you will be able to do a lan party! HIHI!


    Will most of the parts would already be kept. And since I can keep the mobo I could also keep my current cooler. (Just clean it up and repaste for the new cpu.

    Would the FX-8320/8350 be a bottleneck for a GTX 770? (I am kind of partial to Nvidia compared to AMD. How would a GTX 770 stack up against that R9 290X? (I'm sure I wouldn't use 4GB of Video ram anytime soon or in the future. I don't think i've maxed a 2GB card now, lol!

    And yeah if I kept to my current platform it would allow me to save more money while still upgrading. :p
  5. Samsung 500GB Solid State Drive: $250


    Corsair Hydro Series H110 280 mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    : $109

    - Snag a second R9 270 and a Corsair HX 750 for $133

    That's around $670.

    Your games are not really that demanding. Power consumption of the 4770K and FX-6300 is similar. If you want more threads from your CPU you can order a 95w FX-8300 Vishera from South Korea.

    If you want to move to nVidia graphics, a GTX770 or even a GTX760 should work fine for your gaming demands.

    Otherwise, throwing a lot of money at a new rig is pretty much a waste and you should point that out to the parental units when you return half their cash to them.

    Or, ask them to donate it to a local food bank.
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