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What should i upgrade ($650 limit)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YrfLFT It is to play sims 4, simcity 5 on high settings or ultra if possible
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  1. A bigger case since there is an incompatibility problem with the drive cages.
  2. and a CPU cooler to OC for more performance
  3. If 650 is your limit, perhaps change that xfx psu for a corsair or seasonic 80+ certified at least. Although xfx are decent. Just my two cents.
  4. You really don't need to upgrade anything to play Simcity 5 on ultra settings.

    I would also suggest a CPU cooler to keep your temps lower and also so that you can overclock your cpu.

    Is this the build you currently have or plan to buy?
  5. right now yes, but i updated the build and still need a CPU and other upgrades my limit is 900 with monitor http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jjQQcf
  6. Just to get this clear, do you have ( currently own) everything but the CPU?
  7. no eveything i need is on the list except for a great monitor i need that too and upgrades to the current list
  8. I'll post a build soon.
  9. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rHt2WZ


    lil over budget but still great performance wise
  10. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $900.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

    If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.
  11. RazerZ said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $900.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

    If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


    the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance
  12. kunthakenthe said:
    RazerZ said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $900.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

    If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


    the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


    Her* XP
  13. Midightsimmer14 said:
    kunthakenthe said:
    RazerZ said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $900.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

    If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


    the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


    Her* XP


    what i meant was her sorry its just a habit
  14. If i were you just wait for the Alienware steambox for its September release date and it is suspected to be priced around 500
  15. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KgjM4D i kind of mixed them together with mine, Thoughts?
  16. Joseph99 said:
    If i were you just wait for the Alienware steambox for its September release date and it is suspected to be priced around 500


    I dont do alienware sorry
  17. Jonathan Tyer said:
    and a CPU cooler to OC for more performance


    You do not need to change the case. You can just remove a hard drive cage. I doubt you are going to use 10 hard drives.
  18. Um i need to change motherboard so it is cheaper and idk how to remove one AznGod
  19. Midightsimmer14 said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YrfLFT It is to play sims 4, simcity 5 on high settings or ultra if possible


    Notice how the 7870 doesnt have a price.... thats because its not available.

    Thats why your build is only $560; it doesnt include graphics card.
  20. Best answer
    Midightsimmer14 said:
    Um i need to change motherboard so it is cheaper and idk how to remove one AznGod


    Remove 1 or two screws or whatever

    DONE
  21. that cracked me up and i replaced video card
  22. JC Denton said:
    If 650 is your limit, perhaps change that xfx psu for a corsair or seasonic 80+ certified at least. Although xfx are decent. Just my two cents.


    You don't even know about XFX psu's.
  23. kunthakenthe said:
    RazerZ said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $900.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

    If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


    the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


    So update the bios then? Now she switched to a motherboard that cost more than two times as much compared to the UD3P...
  24. JC Denton said:
    If 650 is your limit, perhaps change that xfx psu for a corsair or seasonic 80+ certified at least. Although xfx are decent. Just my two cents.


    Seasonic manufactures XFX PSUs. No need to change it.
  25. RazerZ said:
    kunthakenthe said:
    RazerZ said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $900.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

    If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


    the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


    So update the bios then? Now she switched to a motherboard that cost more than two times as much compared to the UD3P...



    I am trying to find one cheaper but the same or better specs
  26. Midightsimmer14 said:
    RazerZ said:
    kunthakenthe said:
    RazerZ said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $900.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

    If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


    the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


    So update the bios then? Now she switched to a motherboard that cost more than two times as much compared to the UD3P...



    I am trying to find one cheaper but the same or better specs


    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a99fxpror20
  27. RazerZ said:
    Midightsimmer14 said:
    RazerZ said:
    kunthakenthe said:
    RazerZ said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $900.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

    If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


    the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


    So update the bios then? Now she switched to a motherboard that cost more than two times as much compared to the UD3P...



    I am trying to find one cheaper but the same or better specs


    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a99fxpror20


    good but a bit cheaper?
  28. Midightsimmer14 said:
    RazerZ said:
    Midightsimmer14 said:
    RazerZ said:
    kunthakenthe said:
    RazerZ said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $900.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

    If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


    the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


    So update the bios then? Now she switched to a motherboard that cost more than two times as much compared to the UD3P...



    I am trying to find one cheaper but the same or better specs


    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a99fxpror20


    good but a bit cheaper?


    If you don't plan on using the features of a 990FX chipset motherboard, get the Gigabyte 970A-UD3P it's a good board for the price.
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