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Looking for a system upgrade

Approximate Purchase Date: unsure, though would likely end up being before august.

Budget Range: 700-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies watching movies)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: I am not sure exactly which parts would be best for replacing for the best performance increase, though I currently have the Optiplex 745 desktop with a Radeon HD 6570 crammed in.

edit: Also, 6 gb RAM.

Do you need to buy OS: No (I have a copy of windows 7 Home Premium)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None.

Location: Mesa, Arizona United States

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I am looking mostly for the best improvements I could make with this budget, or if I would be better off waiting a bit longer to have a larger budget so I could start from scratch (And what you would suggest if I did that)

I was considering something like This. though that's just from me looking around pcpartpicker, and I suspect it to be highly inefficient.

I have a mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor, and headset already

I generally play strategy games like the civilization series, or the men of war series, and occasionally play some minecraft with friends, though I would like to be able to run chivalry (or at the very least, the previously mentioned games at a higher frame rate)
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    I'm not liking your plan, here's why... 1) you're putting yourself in a one generation old build to start with, 2) too weak on your graphics. I'll recommend putting the build off a bit until something along these lines fit the budget

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($120.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($215.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $1000.94
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

    The ram here is overkill, you could easily drop to a 2x4GB kit
  2. Well have look into this

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.00 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($46.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Platinum 550W 80+ Platinum Certified ATX Power Supply ($92.74 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $575.47
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  3. This would be a huge upgrade for you

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock B85M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($72.00 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.20 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $767.12
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  4. Thank you for the suggestion, C12Friedman, I will likely use your build (with the ram you had swapped out for 2x4GB).
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