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Upgrading $800 gaming computer

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December 19, 2011 8:57:24 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...

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Case- HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower
HDD- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM
WI-FI Adapter- Linksys WMP600N
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

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
December 19, 2011 9:13:33 PM

Hi! Welcome to the forums.

First thing, what do you plan on doing with said pc? Just gaming?

If so I would suggest the following.
-Bigger PSU and another 6850. Will give you the biggest boost of all. $250
-i5-2500k. Better than the i7-2600k for gaming. If you don't overclock the i5-2400. $200
-A Z68 or P67 Gen3 board. Should be around $130

That brings us to around $600. Throw another 4GB of matching ram in (you certainly don't need 16GB. Hell you don't need 8GB!) and you're golden. Spend the rest on A sexy case like the Coolermaster 690 or HAF 922, or the Corsair 400R and you'll be pretty golden!
December 19, 2011 9:50:42 PM

ok I've decided to go with this...

CPU- Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz :
VIDEO CARD- SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit:
PSU- CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31:
RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB:

I have decided not to get a case because although i dont have a really good one right now, id rather wait then spend money on a case that ill get a year out of because later i may want a really nice case with hot-swappable HDD slots or something.

thanks for all the help!
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December 19, 2011 9:57:37 PM

All looks good. That 650w should take down 2 6850's easily. Don't forget a CPU cooler if you like to overclock!
Save $3 and get faster RAM:

I don't know if the blitz will fit everything comfortably. I mean it should, it just might be a little tight.
December 19, 2011 10:04:08 PM

thanks for the help.
I'm not planning on overclocking so i think the stock cooler will be fine.
I like the ram you showed me and im gonna use that instead of the g. skill.
Although it will be tight, i think it will hold over atleast until i can afford a better case.

Thanks again for your awesome help!