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http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/307604-30-dell-dimension-4600-upgrade#t2067206

I just had a question after thinking about it a bit more and seeing some parts I thought I might as well wait for a bit and get a decent tower, for the price its great but after seeing a better GPU I thought I might as well take it up a notch. And save a bit more, my estimated budget would be around $700 to $800.

I found this one and thought if you recommend a better case with power supply that can handle it, also I thought about it and think spending a little bit more on a i5 processor will be worth it, since the computer will be used for gaming more than anything else. And won't really need to upgrade any sooner with a i5 than i3.

The case I was looking at was this one, the reviews on it are great and I really would love to see this as my main pc. Really love the look of it and the future upgrades to would be possible if I ever needed to.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240

Also saw this bundle but don't know about the GPU for what I have seen its kinda the same as the R6870 Hawk.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.770956

So I would love to hear on your thoughts and I got time so no rush. For what I have hear though and correct me I am wrong but is the ivy bridge specs that I found kinda showed that the most improvement would be to the built in graphics on the i5, but not much in performance. According to what I understood on the article but to be honest I won't really be using the built in graphics just the HAWk.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Benchmarks-Intel-Ivy-Bridge-CPU-sandy-bridge,14144.html

Thanks again for your time and input.
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  1. links do not work.
  2. Ahh sorry let me find them again and repost.
  3. Dukemost said:
    Ahh sorry let me find them again and repost.

    I fixed them. They are good now.
  4. Dukemost said:
    Ahh sorry let me find them again and repost.

    $800 will get u much better animal : )
  5. Ahh lol that's good to know.
  6. Duke, do u know the Right column?
  7. Motherboard could be better, and very bad power supply.
  8. oh yeah I figured it out its way easier than I thought its honestly my first time on any type of forums and this one is really easy to learn how it works.
  9. Ahh that sucks cause I thought it was a good deal.
  10. Well, we can do better than that deal, also the mobo is Micro ATX and u can have ATX, which is better.
  11. nikorr said:
    Well, we can do better than that deal, also the mobo is Micro ATX and u can have ATX, which is better.


    Good i would of thought it was better to have a normal size one, by the way do you recommend getting a motherboard that support 2 gpus, cause I never looked it up, is two gpu literally 2x better than just one or is just a small performance boost.
  12. Dukemost said:
    Good i would of thought it was better to have a normal size one, by the way do you recommend getting a motherboard that support 2 gpus, cause I never looked it up, is two gpu literally 2x better than just one or is just a small performance boost.

    Well 2 @ x16 will do a better job than 1GPU, but it will increase the price. The good thing is, it does not have to be done all at once, but it is a great option to have.
  13. OK, first what all do u need and what do u have?

    Include all that needed to be purchased so the budget is exact.

    Like keyboard, mouse, ....
  14. nikorr said:
    Well 2 @ x16 will do a better job than 1GPU, but it will increase the price. The good thing is, it does not have to be done all at once, but it is a great option to have.


    That's true well I will stick with one then, and hopefully upgrade later on. So what do you recommend on getting like parts and stuff? For that type of GPU.
  15. Okay the things I have are a keyboard, mouse, monitor display low resolution but have a 1080p hd tv that will be used when gaming. The things I have made my mind up are on the R6870 Hawk and the case from above.
  16. Also forgot but i got a dvd drive so dont need that anymore, just need mobo, power supply, ram, hdd thinking of 500gb, and thinking of geting i5 i believe the 2400 one and I think that is all.
  17. Oh man thats good I kinda have seen what the card was capable of on youtube videos and for the price its great in my opinion.
  18. Here is the processor I am thinking of getting by the way.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074
  19. Best answer
    We should start here...
    GPU MSI R6870 Hawk Radeon HD 6870 1GB
    $184.99 after mail-in rebate card

    CPU 2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    $224.99
  20. ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
    $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
  21. Dukemost said:
    Here is the processor I am thinking of getting by the way.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    The 2500K is the best CPU on the market now.

    Read here @ http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,review-32090.html
  22. nikorr said:
    We should start here...
    GPU MSI R6870 Hawk Radeon HD 6870 1GB
    $184.99 after mail-in rebate card

    CPU 2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    $224.99


    Sweet that is good to know about the processor was reading through it and seeing the specs and for the money its really good, where was that GPU for 189 bucks?
  23. XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $74.99 after mail-in rebate card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014
  24. Dukemost said:
    Sweet that is good to know about the processor was reading through it and seeing the specs and for the money its really good, where was that GPU for 189 bucks?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127560
  25. Oh didn't notice about the rebate thanks lol
  26. G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
    $39.99 + FREE SHIPPING

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426
  27. Oh those are really nice man I will add that to the cart too.
  28. This is great! HDD !!!

    Limited Warranty : 5 years
  29. I would go with that one, I know it is little over the budget, I was counting on that.

    This is quality build, but we can shave off some $$$.

    What do u think?
  30. Dam that is expensive, but seeing the reviews it shows that it is extremely reliable.
  31. That drive is the best in the quality/speed/price/size ratio.

    Limited Warranty : 5 years
  32. No your right I really want this investmen to last a long time i don't mind paying a bit more since it will be reliable. I saw that some hdd had trouble the ones at 70 to 100 bucks range.
  33. Dukemost said:
    No your right I really want this investmen to last a long time i don't mind paying a bit more since it will be reliable. I saw that some hdd had trouble the ones at 70 to 100 bucks range.

    It is also very fast.
  34. yeah i just saw that it was 64mb, and it seems faster than the other ones at 32mb
  35. If u can afford it, get it, I would : ))

    It is a bit faster + it is XMP certified - XMP is performance profile for Intel CPU's, developed by Intel.

    I have http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
  36. Oh refurbished? And yeah i was reading the reviews and they said the prices had almost tripled for them because of the flooding that had happened. But they are saying prices will drop eventually? Would you recommend getting a smaller SSD for OS and getting that later on when it drops price?
  37. And those vengeance are really nice I will add those since they are lower than the other ones lol with the big spikes must admit they do look cool, but this will probably never get in the way and match the case too :)
  38. They just bumped the price ....
  39. nikorr said:
    They just bumped the price ....



    Ahh that sucks I was looking for it but could only see the same one :( dam cause the cart is at 950 already with out tax and s&h.
  40. Cause with out the hdd its at $790 with out tax and s&h
  41. What state u have it shipped in?
  42. I live in California, kinda near LA
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