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Looking to upgrade most parts of my PC. Seeking build advice.

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February 2, 2011 4:23:23 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in March.

Budget Range: ~$700 Before Rebates

System Usage: Gaming, School work.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, although may be directed else where in the U.S.

Country of Origin: United States

Overclocking: Not really.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

First of all OS not required. Will be putting in Windows 7 64bit after successful upgrade.

Wondering if this build would work together. Also willing to take advice on different upgrades to this current build.

Although I plan to reuse my HDD, should I upgrade that to something new?

Mainly planning to reuse my:

Case: Apevia X-Telstar Junior Case

HDD: Single Hard Drive (320GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)

PSU: 650 Watts Power Supplies (Corsair CMPSU-650TX)

Possible upgrades to:

CPU: $159.99 AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

Mobo: $98.99 ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Memory: $46.99 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM

Video: $189.99 SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB

TOTAL: $495.96

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 2, 2011 4:28:14 AM

Looks sensible parts for the green - if budget willing and/or more storage hit a Samsung F3 500?
February 2, 2011 4:38:18 AM

Looks like a solid build for the money. Maybe throw in a 1TB drive, you can get solid performing ones for $70-80. These days 320GB doesn't get you far.
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
February 2, 2011 2:09:14 PM

Looks good for a March build.

If April is a possibility, then the Intel 6 series chipset issue should be resolved, and a i5-2500 would be a much superior solution.

For the current list, I would budget $100 -$150 or so for a SSD for the os and apps. Use the 320gb drive for overflow and storage.