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Upgrade my gaming pc with about $500

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March 28, 2011 9:16:26 AM

I have $500 to blow and want to make sure my desktop is ready for Battlefield 3. What should I upgrade? I can increase the budget to $700 if justified but would be happy to spend under $500


My current system:
5 yr old LIAN LI PC-60APLUSII W Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
2 yr old ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard
5 yr old Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
5 yr old Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10000 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
2 yr old XFX ATI Radeon HD 4850 1 GB DDR3 Video Card
5 yr old CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4
2 month old Patriot Extreme Performance Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model PGS24G6400ELK
2 yr old OCZ power supply (900 watts I think)
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit


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a b B Homebuilt system
March 28, 2011 11:07:11 AM

Hello,

If i were in your boat, personally i would keep the case, PSU and HDD. (assuming 74GB is enough space) I would then go for:

Intel Core i5-2500k - $224.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 1600Mhz (2 x 2GB) - $49.99
MSI P67A-G45 (B3) - $139.99
HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB - $164.99

Total: $579.96

All prices from Newegg, not including rebates and shipping.

That would make a great and good value system with massive upgrade potential. That Mobo is good for CrossfireX and overclocking so when its time for an upgrade you have the choice of:

Another HD 6850
Extra Cooling and Overclock (~$40 cooler should get you over 4Ghz)
More RAM
SSD
March 30, 2011 1:44:30 PM

I really appreciate the help, thank you so much. I checked reviews and read up on the items you listed, everything sounds like good parts at good prices when I compared them. I will probably order exactly what you suggested. I also checked my current parts on ebay and they are selling used for more than I expected so I may up the budget a little.
If anyone else has any other suggestions feel free to chime in.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 30, 2011 1:56:42 PM

Personally i think my upgrade path for that system would go Cooling then SSD or GPU depending which one is pissing you off more at the time =]
a b B Homebuilt system
March 30, 2011 1:57:47 PM

Or if you have about $60-80 spare after that build you could upgrade the graphics to a GTX 560Ti or something
a b B Homebuilt system
March 30, 2011 2:49:07 PM

good upgrade suggestion using Sandy Bridge. I would go with the GTX 560Ti instead of a ATI card. better driver support.
Only the best for BF3...

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
N82E16814127565
$250

if you do go the GTX 560 Ti direction get one of these MB's instead for SLI (has both XFire too) Newegg is of of Stock, but they will be back in in a few days

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Tom's recommended)
N82E16813157229
$160
MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
N82E16813130572
$140

a b B Homebuilt system
March 30, 2011 5:14:27 PM

the one thing missing in all this is you have a TINY hard drive. several MMOs take 30GB all by themselves!

at the very least, get a Seagate 500 GB Drive for $39.99
a b B Homebuilt system
March 30, 2011 6:02:53 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
the one thing missing in all this is you have a TINY hard drive. several MMOs take 30GB all by themselves!

at the very least, get a Seagate 500 GB Drive for $39.99


he said he wanted to be ready for BF3 and it will fit on his Raptor.

but you are right, he should get a secondary drive, and for the price point you picked out a good one.
April 3, 2011 11:27:55 PM

Thank you everyone for the suggestions. Here is what I am looking at now

$225 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K


$5 Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (4 grams) 4.99$ with free shipping at MWAVE http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch.asp?scriteria=AA77...


$230 (250 - 20 rebate) MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

$75 (Newegg) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

$535 + tax (California) and shipping (I will compare prices more after I am set on what to get), and I still need a motherboard

I know absolutely nothing about overclocking so the MSI motherboards with the OC Genie have my attention.

I have 2 x 1TB western digital passport hard drives USB 3.0 so I store all videos/pics etc on them. My PC is programs only. I want to get an SSD but think I can hold out with the raptor until SSD prices drop a little more.

OK, I am over budget but I expected that. Thats why I started at $500 knowing I was leaving some cushion. After the upgrade is done I can sell my used parts on ebay and use the $ for a new monitor (currently using a viewsonic 19")

Please tell me what you think
a b B Homebuilt system
April 5, 2011 7:06:00 AM

Overclocking software is never as good as doing it from bios but i suppose there would be no hard is doing a minor overclock with it. Other than that nice build.
April 8, 2011 9:46:08 AM

Wow, so I went way overboard, I should start a new thread cuz $500 is no longer
my budget. I ordered the

ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
2 x 4 gb ddr3
I5 2500k

Now I am deciding on what to cool the CPU with (possibly the cooler master V8 or the corsair H50) and then which SSD to get, although i havent ordered it yet, I have pretty much decided to get the ASUS 6950 2gb video card. Any thoughts?
a b B Homebuilt system
April 8, 2011 11:36:27 AM

I'll suggest a Xigmatek Gaia or or Thermaltake Frio, both about $60, but are top-10 coolers at Frostytech (both about 4 degrees C cooler than a Hyper 212+)
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