UPGRADING MY OLD PC....HELP

Hi ,
I am not a hardware expert so bear with me while I mention my specs before I state my problem.

Chassis name faded out .....probably a high tower...16.5"hieght

Motherboard....RC415ST-hm 1.0 (hp pavillion a1510y...could'nt makeout the ATX part )

HDD......Seagate SATA 160 gb 3.0 Gbps

DVD-RW....Sata

PSU...I did'nt care to check...I just wanna replace it

I think this should be enough for the problem I have..
So my problem is I am cut out so much for money that I can not afford more than 250$ but I still have to upgrade....
I wanna upgrade the processer/mobo/PSU/ram ....Is it possible on that budget...I have decided on a i3 2100 confirm
If its posssible than would it work with the old HDD/DVD-RW/cabinet ?
If its not posssible ...will cutting out the ram work...I can at max manage a 4gb ddr3 somewhere else...
I will be changing the other parts with time as I get money....
I do not wish rather do not expect too to overclock at that budget...so no P67/Z68/Z77 chipsets I guess...Just some PCIe 3.0 slots and support till i7-a must

Urgent help needed. thanks to all helping friends in advance.
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  1. 1.Dvd Rw is your disk drive or your disc player
    2.i7 needs a z77 chipset, so get a 3rd gen i3 which uses an z77 lga 1155 mobo.So you can just upgrade your cpu without buying a new mobo.
    3.Your PSU support your gpu , mobo , and cpu's power or it wont work
    4.HDD drives are basically all compatible, but you could upgrade since new ones might be a bit faster
    5.You didnt mention a gpu, so you probably have an intel integrated cpu, so get a intel i3-3225.Not 3220, since it only has Intel HD 2000 graphics ( 3225 has HD 4000 ).Unless you are getting a non-integrated gpu.
  2. aonor said:
    1.Dvd Rw is your disk drive or your disc player
    2.i7 needs a z77 chipset, so get a 3rd gen i3 which uses an z77 lga 1155 mobo.So you can just upgrade your cpu without buying a new mobo.
    3.Your PSU support your gpu , mobo , and cpu's power or it wont work
    4.HDD drives are basically all compatible, but you could upgrade since new ones might be a bit faster
    5.You didnt mention a gpu, so you probably have an intel integrated cpu, so get a intel i3-3225.Not 3220, since it only has Intel HD 2000 graphics ( 3225 has HD 4000 ).Unless you are getting a non-integrated gpu.


    Oh I did not knew about the i7 support on z77 chipset fact...Thanks...Then I guess I would leave away the i7 ...just the board should support i3 /i5/pcie 3.0 ...And that about the PCIe 3.0 because I would later as I get enough money fit in a HD 7850 2Gb but now at the moment with a laughable 250$ budget I can not even think of a HD 5450...FORGET THE HD 7850...
    Please suggest a suitable motherboard and psu such that it fits in the 250$ budget along with the i3 2100.
    I am reluctant on i3 2100 because that was the best processer i could find at that range....can not go up to i5 due to shortage of money and lost the wish of a AMD Phenom 2 X4 965 from the different perfomance reviews.Please help.
  3. Since you're not getting a graphic card, instead of i3-2100 , get i3-3225 since it has Intel integrated HD 4000 and has Ivy Bridge.Its about $145.

    I3-3225
    Pros:
    -new 3rd Gen Intel processors
    -Ivy bridge
    -Intel HD 4000
    Cons:
    -$25 expensiver

    P.S.
    Ivy Bridge is faster than Sandy
    Ivy bridge has 3xxx
    Sandy has 2xxx
  4. For a motherboard, in case if you want to upgrade to a better processor in the future or get a graphic card or have cross fire technology...

    $160

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131848

    Then for future graphic card...

    $70

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    for about $230 minus $25 ~ 35 for i3-3225
  5. However if you mean to get a cpu , motherboard , and psu for all under $250, then....

    motherboard: $125

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131832

    psu: $45

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    for kind of $305 together, but its worth it since you're not going to get a graphic card which costs an extra $150.

    P.S.

    Though if you are going to get a graphic card in the future, the cpu will support it though you might have to upgrade your psu to the 600w one.
  6. Thank you so much for the review...with a month's more savings ....I think I can go up to 305$ !!!
  7. No problem, was glad to help
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