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  • Intel i5
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August 17, 2014 8:53:48 PM

Hey, I want to upgrade my sons PC for gaming. I just don't have the time to relearn all this stuff so I really need some help. I really want a new GPU, I know I will most likely need a new power supply and i'm thinking of maybe a new case if I can't keep this one. This is really a shot in the dark because I don't know if this can even be upgraded at all.

 Chipset: Intel® H81
 Graphics: Intel 4600
 CPU: Intel i5
 Mother Board: H81H3-WM
 Power Supply: 250 Watt HEC-250CN

http://www.powerspec.com/systems/system_specs.phtml?sel...

http://www.microcenter.com/product/423411/B648_Desktop_...

Thanks again
So I pick an answer by accident I don't know how to undo that
But I thinking of spending $150ish more or less

Edit: So I take it that it should work I just need a better power supply and gpu

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August 17, 2014 8:58:08 PM

How much do you plan to spend? I would look into the GTX 750Ti graphics processing unit http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclock-Dual-Link-Graphic... and this power supply http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Builder-Watt-EPS%C2%A0-CX...

Also, make note that his current graphics card is built into the processor, so both can actually be used when the new one is bought, but settings may need changed to make the new one default. A 550 watt PSU may be safe too if he ever upgrades to more powerful components in the future again.
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August 17, 2014 9:00:30 PM

turkey3_scratch said:
How much do you plan to spend?

This is important, we need this info to suggest things. :bounce: 
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August 17, 2014 9:02:58 PM

Parker Bommarito said:
Hey, I want to upgrade my sons PC for gaming. I just don't have the time to relearn all this stuff so I really need some help. I really want a new GPU, I know I will most likely need a new power supply and i'm thinking of maybe a new case if I can't keep this one. This is really a shot in the dark because I don't know if this can even be upgraded at all.

 Chipset: Intel® H81
 Graphics: Intel 4600
 CPU: Intel i5
 Mother Board: H81H3-WM
 Power Supply: 250 Watt HEC-250CN

http://www.powerspec.com/systems/system_specs.phtml?sel...

http://www.microcenter.com/product/423411/B648_Desktop_...

Thanks again


PSU: XFX, Corsair, NZXT, or Seasonic 500watt+
GPU: EVGA 770 ACX or 780 ACX

Good Choices. 780 will play anything.
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August 17, 2014 9:25:26 PM

I can't really say too much about the case, but it LOOKS like it will be fine.

You are correct that you will need a new power supply though.

However, luckily it looks like the motherboard is fine, and CPU is excellent (exactly the CPU that would be commonly recommended for mid-high end gaming).

How much were you looking to spend on an upgrade?

I would give a couple options based on the budget. I will assume you are in the US, all prices USD.
Option 1: 185$
Corsair CX430 Power Supply 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Graphics, 140$ after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Option 2: 285$
Seasonic S12II 620W PSU 65$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 220$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Option 3: 385$
Seasonic S12II 620W PSU 65$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte GTX 770 320$ after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Option 4: 490$
Corsair HX750W 110$ after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte R9 290, 380$ after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Option 5: 740$
Corsair HX750W 110$ after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti 630$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Probably option 2 or 3 would do well if he is looking to play games on high to ultra settings, assuming that he is not going to be using a 4K resolution monitor or a 120-144Hz monitor.
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