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Upgrade or start a new build?

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January 1, 2012 10:18:31 PM


CPU : Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6400+

Graphics Card : GeForce 9800 GT

MOBO:i belive it is ASUS n13219
i see that code in between the slots.

PSU:Nspire Power Supply NSP-450P4LF12 450W ATX2.0

Case:Tsunami Dream



USAGE: now i use this to play battlefield 2 and other older battlefields. Also i play EvE online.

in future(upgraded or new build) i am planning on playing BF3, red orchastra 2, Arma 3 and EvE online

this PC does have a history of viruses.

Please send feedback for if i should upgrade or start new.

More about : upgrade start build

a b B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 11:06:36 PM

You should definitely go with a whole new build. You really don't have any upgrade choices without bottlenecking your PC. The things that you can upgrade won't be worth it because the price for performance is too high.
January 1, 2012 11:17:04 PM

I agree with r0aringdrag0n. Upgrading will either be not worth it or you will end up bottle necking.. Go with a completely new build and make sure to spend time on researching parts
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 11:25:20 PM

No need to research too much, we can help you =D
January 2, 2012 12:38:20 AM

r0aringdrag0n said:
No need to research too much, we can help you =D

Thanks for such the positive attitude :) 

i am quite new and i got this PC handed down about a year ago so i really dont know where to start

the price range im looking at is about 500$
a b B Homebuilt system
January 2, 2012 1:04:20 AM

Oh it possible to raise that to $600? because $400 (win7 costs $100) isn't too good for a gaming build, oh and what is the hard drive (how big and is it SATA?)
January 2, 2012 3:37:00 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
Oh it possible to raise that to $600? because $400 (win7 costs $100) isn't too good for a gaming build, oh and what is the hard drive (how big and is it SATA?)

I'm running on a 120 GB Hard drive.

I have no clue what SATA is

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 2, 2012 4:56:30 PM

SATA is a connector, can you open your computer? If you can open your computer and do open it, do you see any wide cables? If you don't then chances are you are using a SATA connector.
There is also pictures here:

We'll assume you have a SATA connector hard drive and that your budget is $500 (excluding OS):

CPU: Intel i3 2100 $125

Graphics: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 $165

MoBo: 2 choices (look at explanation below)

ASRock H61M-VS $60


ASRock Z68 Extreme3 $125

PSU: 2 again (again, look at explanation below)

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W $65


Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W $72

Case: NZXT Gamma $40


RAM: PNY Optima 8GB Desktop Memory Model MD8192KD3-1333 $35

Heatsink+Fan: STOCK $0

DVD-ROM: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X $16

Total: Either

Explanation: the i3 2100 is a great CPU, definitely great for gaming purposes. It performs top notch and can hyperthread into 4 threads, basically making a 2 core CPU into a 4 core CPU, which is great since it'll allow you to use this computer for a longer period of time. I chose the HD radeon 6870 because it is a great performing card. I have this video card and I can play BF3 at 1920x1080 on high perfectly fine. This card will give you great 1920x1080 graphics performance and outstanding 1680x1050 performance.
The motherboard is where you have a choice. You have to choose now. The lower price may look tempting, but I really recommend you go with the ASRock Extreme 3. The z68 chipset motherboard will allow you to upgrade to an overclockable i5 or i7 CPU in the future, it will also allow you to CrossFireX the HD 6870 when you have the money. The H61M-VS, however, cannot be upgraded (unless you take out the motherboard too) to an overclockable CPU (well you can, but you can't overclock with that board) or CF the graphics card. Next is the power supply. I gave you 2 options again, this is more based on your previous choice. Choose the OCZ if you go with the ASRock H61M-VS motherboard and go with the Antec earthwatts if you go with the Extreme 3 motherboard. You can go with the OCZ PSU with the Extreme 3 motherboard, but you'll need to upgrade the PSU if you're going to CF the graphics card. The Antec PSU would not require any upgrading if you wish to CF.
The NZXT Gamma is a great case, I would recommend it. It is a gaming case with room to support long graphics cards. I also have this case and the Radeon 6870 fits with some extra room. It will get somewhat cramped if you don't have a modular powersupply though...
8GB of RAM is more than enough for any gaming system. I haven't seen games use more than 3GB of RAM...and even if you allow the other programs another 1GB of RAM, you'll still have 4GB left over if you choose the 8GB RAM package.
You won't need an aftermarket Heatsink or Fan because you won't be overclocking (you can't) the i3 2100.
The DVD ROM is to install windows.
January 2, 2012 7:13:21 PM

okay, i do have SATA connectors im my PC and i am going to go with the more expensive PSU and MoBo

Thank you
a b B Homebuilt system
January 2, 2012 7:15:15 PM

No problem! Remember to select the best answer.
January 2, 2012 7:17:45 PM

Best answer selected by cab987.