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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?selection=B648

http://www.microcenter.com/product/423411/B648_Desktop_Computer

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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    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-Graphics-02G-P4-3753-KR/dp/B00IDG3IDO and this power supply http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Builder-Watt-EPS%C2%A0-CX500/dp/B0092ML0MY/ref=lp_1161760_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1408334441&sr=1-5

    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.
  2. turkey3_scratch said:
    How much do you plan to spend?

    This is important, we need this info to suggest things. :bounce:
  3. 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?selection=B648

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/423411/B648_Desktop_Computer

    Thanks again


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

    Good Choices. 780 will play anything.
  4. 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=N82E16817139026&cm_re=corsair_psu-_-17-139-026-_-Product

    Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Graphics, 140$ after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125558&cm_re=GTX_750_Ti-_-14-125-558-_-Product

    Option 2: 285$
    Seasonic S12II 620W PSU 65$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096&cm_re=seasonic_PSU-_-17-151-096-_-Product
    Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 220$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125515&cm_re=R9_280-_-14-125-515-_-Product


    Option 3: 385$
    Seasonic S12II 620W PSU 65$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096&cm_re=seasonic_PSU-_-17-151-096-_-Product
    Gigabyte GTX 770 320$ after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125463&cm_re=GTX_770-_-14-125-463-_-Product

    Option 4: 490$
    Corsair HX750W 110$ after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010&cm_re=corsair_HX-_-17-139-010-_-Product

    Gigabyte R9 290, 380$ after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125505&cm_re=R9_290-_-14-125-505-_-Product

    Option 5: 740$
    Corsair HX750W 110$ after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010&cm_re=corsair_HX-_-17-139-010-_-Product
    Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti 630$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125673&cm_re=GTX_780_Ti-_-14-125-673-_-Product


    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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