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June 24, 2011 6:25:26 AM

My PC just died after 4 years of faithful service..I'm looking to build a new PC over the next 2 months or so slowly so I can still use it in the mean time. The motherboard is the only thing that died. I'd ideally like to keep my video card until I can afford a new one, will my power supply (500w) be fine in the mean time until I upgrade the video card?

Approximate Purchase Date: Over the next 2 months

Budget Range: around $1000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming, surfing the web as well. I'd like to be able to run new games for the next few years.

Parts Not Required: As of now I am only going to upgrade the motherboard, CPU, and RAM. I'm keeping my video card (8500 GTX), power supply (it's 500W, do I need to upgrade it now or just wait until i get a new video card?), DVD drive, hard drive, monitor, and case.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, open to other sites as well

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: intel, nvidia

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2011 12:42:56 PM

With $1000 you should have no problem getting a decent build including PSU and GPU. Something like:

H67 Motherboard
HD 6850/GTX 460 or GTX 560/HD 6870/HD 6950
June 24, 2011 1:15:13 PM

i5 2500k $220 (you say no overclocking, but it is available if you change your mind later on down the road)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $73

ASRock P67 PRO3 SE $110 (you also said no Xfire/SLI, but you can change your mind)

MSI Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit $280

Total here is $683.00
well under your budget, will handle anything you throw at it and will be a very upgradable system for years to come (should you decide to Crossfire or overclock).