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Upgrading a budget gaming machine

Last response: in Systems
December 17, 2011 11:12:03 PM

hi all,

I currently would like to upgrade my $800 budget gaming build. I would like to spend about $750
What im interested in: processing speeds, ram
what im not interested in: i dont really need a awesome graphics card.

Heres my current specs...

DVD: [...] 6827136177
Case- HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower:
HDD- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM
WI-FI Adapter- Linksys WMP600N: [...] 6833124342
Video Card- SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB:
Power Supply- Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W:
Ram- Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB:
Processor- AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz:
OS- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM: [...] 6832116754

this is what i had in mind...

cpu- Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz:
mobo- Intel BOXDP67BGB3 LGA 1155 Intel P67:
ram- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600:

that leaves me at $545. Do i need to upgrade my psu or can i handle this? Also currently i hate my case but i dont want to buy a cheap case and then when it comes time to upgrade again i need to buy another case so im thinking something like: , but thats just if i have extra money

thanks for all the help in advance
a b B Homebuilt system
December 18, 2011 10:24:02 PM

You can upgrade your ram by 8 gb when it's on sale again for $30, but that's really all you need to do. You could also add a 64 gb ssd for less than $100. I use ssd's in both my systems since I don't require space for large files, and will not go back to regular hardrives.