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July 25, 2014 2:36:27 AM

I'm trying to build a budget gaming system with upgradability because my previous system is BSOD-ing under moderate graphics load.

My goal is to migrate my current system's HD contents to the new system to save on the cost of a new OS, can I do that?

My old system is a win 7 ASUS Gamers Republic g60j or J60jx. It says on the case g60j but the bios update program listed it as a g60jx and the components under the systems info confirms that.

I already have a monitor (HDMI to TV), graphics card my friend gave me that he couldn't use (Geforce gtx 660ti), mouse, and keyboard. So it has given me some flexibility. I'm trying to stay around $800 USD, with a max of $1k.

These are the components I'm currently considering through newegg (all chosen with best rating in mind, except case):

*Case*
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition (looks cool, but more importantly it has a handle for easy transport and a lot of venting)

*HDD*
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

*Motherboard*
MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

*PS*
LEPA MaxBron B800-MB 800W ATX CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

*RAM*
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL (going for four of these for 16gb)

*CPU*
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX

Grand total comes to about $825.

Does this seem like a good system? And does it seem good for upgradeability potential? I'm looking for a 6 or 7 year life through the current setup and upgrades.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 25, 2014 2:47:49 AM

Where are you buying your parts from? Those 5 parts shouldn't cost anyhwere near $800
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July 25, 2014 2:58:52 AM

The think with this CPU, is that even if it`s a good value, if you`ll plan to get a new CPU later on while using the same motherboard, you`ll not be able to do it.
If you want to be able upgrade the CPU while using the same motherboard, you should look for something Haswell compatible, and most likely with good OC capabilities for getting the most out of your CPU and GPU.
Also, in case at one point in the future 16GB of RAM will not be enough, I would go with 2x8GB, just so you have the slots to just add more RAM, opposite to replacing all of it.

Other than that, the parts are good, but the price is somehow too high.
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July 25, 2014 3:35:21 AM

getochkn said:
Where are you buying your parts from? Those 5 parts shouldn't cost anyhwere near $800


6 parts, Newegg.
The case, ram (which I'm getting 4x 4gbs), and CPU all hover around 175 to 200 each.
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July 25, 2014 3:38:05 AM

Pr3di said:
The think with this CPU, is that even if it`s a good value, if you`ll plan to get a new CPU later on while using the same motherboard, you`ll not be able to do it.
If you want to be able upgrade the CPU while using the same motherboard, you should look for something Haswell compatible, and most likely with good OC capabilities for getting the most out of your CPU and GPU.
Also, in case at one point in the future 16GB of RAM will not be enough, I would go with 2x8GB, just so you have the slots to just add more RAM, opposite to replacing all of it.

Other than that, the parts are good, but the price is somehow too high.


I'm going through Newegg, would going somewhere else be preferable?

Also, would this setup be feasible for 6 years or so? If so, I can junk my upgradability expectation.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 25, 2014 4:39:07 AM

Well, You can go for a Haswell and 2 sticks of 8 GB RAM as I said to help with upgrading in the future. Also, a powerfull PSU that will allow for SLI or X-fire.

However, the case really looks good, but on partpicker it`s listed as 300$, which is huuuge! You can put a lot of that money on better parts.

So it`s up to you - do you want a pretty case, or good parts with upgrading potential?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 25, 2014 4:50:12 AM

Something with more upgradability potential (Intel CPU):
PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/4w2wyc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/4w2wyc/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($160.00 @ Centre Com)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($191.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.00 @ Centre Com)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.50 @ Centre Com)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $926.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:48 EST+1000



Or the AMD counterpart:
PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/vkB6pg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/vkB6pg/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($225.00 @ CPL Online)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($191.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.00 @ Centre Com)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.50 @ Centre Com)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $877.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:49 EST+1000
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July 25, 2014 6:33:17 AM

Pr3di said:
Something with more upgradability potential (Intel CPU):
PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/4w2wyc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/4w2wyc/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ Centre Com)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($160.00 @ Centre Com)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($191.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.00 @ Centre Com)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.50 @ Centre Com)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $926.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:48 EST+1000



Or the AMD counterpart:
PCPartPicker part list: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/vkB6pg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/vkB6pg/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($225.00 @ CPL Online)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($191.00 @ Centre Com)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.00 @ Centre Com)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.50 @ Centre Com)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $877.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:49 EST+1000


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