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Upgrading my current pc /$500/

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks

Budget Range: 500$ /After Rebates/ After Shipping/

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, graphic design, internet browsing

Are you buying a monitor: Potentially buying a 3rd one at a later date

Parts to Upgrade:

CPU
Current CPU:
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 Wolfdale Dual-Core 2.7GHz LGA 775 65W Desktop Processor BX80571E5400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116076

Graphics Card
Current GPU: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594

Motherboard
Current MB: MSI G41M-P33 Combo LGA 775 Intel G41 + ICH7 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130675

RAM
Current RAM: 2GB RAM Memory for Microstar (MSI) G41M-P33 (DDR3-8500 - Non-ECC) - Motherboard Memory Upgrade
http://www.amazon.com/2GB-Memory-Microstar-G41M-P33-DDR3-8500/dp/B00AQ0XULU


Current Power Supply:
StarUSA TC-500PD8 20+4Pin 500W Single PS2 ATX High Efficiency Switching Server Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817147095


Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Websites for Parts: Tigerdirect, Newegg, Amazon

Location: Lubbock, Texas/ USA

Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 dual

Why Are You Upgrading:

My computer can barely handle any of the newer released games even on a low graphics setting. I currently do not need another case, cooling unit and hard drive. Would like to reuse power supply if possible.
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  1. Best answer
    OC that Haswell Pentium and it'll match an i3

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU Cooler ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Low Profile Red 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.85 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card ($139.20 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $495.91
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  2. stickmansam said:
    OC that Haswell Pentium and it'll match an i3

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU Cooler ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Low Profile Red 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.85 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card ($139.20 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $495.91
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


    Thanks for answering. Just a few questions I'd like to ask,

    Is nothing on my current computer reusable?

    With the build you've listed, what would be the average fps on newer games? (Low, Medium, High, Ultra - Games like Watchdogs, Everquest Landmark, Ect.)

    Should I spend more for a quad core?

    Also, deducting the computer case, cooler, storage and possibly the power supply, what should I do with the extra $100? Sorry, I should have been more elaborate on what I need.
  3. 1. You can reuse your 560ti as it is quite good still I guess

    2. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pentium-g3258-overclocking-performance,3849.html

    3. You can use your 560ti and get a quad core

    4.I would get a new PSU but I can change up the build
  4. Re use the case, gpu and storage and cooler

    standard i5
    non-sli, non OC motherbaord
    SSD

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($76.66 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Low Profile Red 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($63.31 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $434.93
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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