PC Upgrade ~700$

Hello all!

I'm looking to upgrade my PC soon for around 700$ if possible, as the title states! Pretty much what I'd like is something that can handle my current favourite game, Global Agenda, smoothly with most of the settings maxed out.

These are my current parts I'm willing to upgrade to achieve that:

Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 2.4GHz OC'd to 3.0 GHz
2 x 2GB OCZ XTC gold DDR2-800
Gigabyte P35C-DS3R Motherboard
Sapphire Radeon HD4890 (with a resoldered, superglued capacitor that could fail at any moment)

I am more than willing to grab aftermarket parts to overclock, but would prefer to stay away from water cooling.

I've thrown together a bunch of parts that I figured may be sufficient and would love some feedback if possible.

AMD A8 X4 3850
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H
2 x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1866MHz
Asus EAH6870

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple of months.

Budget Range: 500-700 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, potentially streaming if it can be done within those price ranges, nothing else worth mentioning that's particularly taxing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Hard Drives, DVD (if I can avoid having to buy a SATA drive since mine is IDE), Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences:
Intel Quad core CPU
Prefer to stick to performance RAM, 8GB seems to be the ideal standard nowadays
Have had good luck with my Gigabyte Motherboard, but willing to switch

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I have a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme that I could likely get a bracket for which would allow me to continue using it for overclocking.

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  1. Best answer
    The AMD A8 is a terrible processor for gaming!

    best budget gaming CPU i3-2100 dual core or the i5-2400 Quad. or maybe a AMD x4 955BE (depending on $)

    a little more info would help
    fill this form and answer the below

    what kind of Case, PSU, HDD, DVD/CD (SATA?) do you have?

    what resolution is your monitor?
    What OS are you running?
    where are you at? USA/Canada? are you near a Micro Center(which one)?

    for $700 we can help you build a respectable gaming Rig reusing some of your parts.
  2. So basically what i can tell, you are currently looking to upgrading just the 4 main components. That should fit $700 US in the US nicely.

    CPU: i5 2500k $219.99
    MB: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 $169.99
    Memory: Gskill Sniper 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $67.99
    GPU: SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB $242.99 ( before $20 rebate )

    Total: $700.96 before rebate ( $680.96 after )

    You won't really need to OC to totally smoke your old computer, the i5 2500k at stock and 6950 will do that just fine.
    It is however all ready to be OC'd just need to get an after market HSF.
    Xigmatek gaea for example would be like $30.
  3. actually he will probably need to upgrade his PSU too.
    and he only needs 4 GB of Ram to game on. if he has extra $ then 8gb's would be nice.

    hopefully he will get us some more to go on.
  4. If the machine runs a 4890, it will run a 6950. Same amount of power connections for both cards.
    But yeah would be interesting to know what kind of a PSU does he have, and if the upgrade of the 4 parts was what he was after.
  5. what kind of Case, PSU, HDD, DVD/CD (SATA?) do you have?
    Antec Nine Hundred Case
    OCZ Powerstream 520W PSU
    300GB WD Velociraptor as well as 2 250GB drives for data storage
    IDE LG DVD Burner

    what resolution is your monitor?
    What OS are you running?
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
    where are you at? USA/Canada? are you near a Micro Center(which one)?
    I'm in Canada. Never heard of Micro Center, so I'll just assume it's US only.

    Also, forgot to mention I have a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme I'd love to buy a new bracket to re-use as it's an awesome heatsink.
  6. Best answer selected by MiNdWaRp.
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