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June 13, 2012 3:58:40 AM

Hello, I recently bought this pc http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pavilion+Elite+Desktop...;jsessionid=552D73C935E515E41D7156C754FDAF00.bbolsp-app03-74?id=1218204947749&skuId=9980786




Its crap but i have the money to upgrade, Please piece together some worthy upgrades for a 550$ budget. My cut off would be 800$

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June 13, 2012 4:08:01 AM

Probably scrap everything except the harddrive and sell it for parts on CL or something like that. You can make a decent gaming pc for around 600-800 with an i5

CPU: i5-3570k in case you want to overclock
CPU cooler: hyper 212+
MOBO: Gigabyte
RAM: 8gb RAM
PSU: OCZ 600W
Video: 7850
HDD: use your old one

$705 after rebates

CASE: might be able to use your old one if it isnt too small, but heres a suggestions: antec 300

If your ram right now is 1.65 don't reuse it, but if its 1.5v you don't need new ram
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June 13, 2012 4:53:08 AM

Thats the wrong computer. The one you linked to has a phenom 2 x6 while OP's has a phenom 2 x2.
edit: I guess theres other options. But still might as well upgrade the mobo if your gonna upgrade the cpu, and you'll need a psu if you upgrade graphics cause that 300w psu aint running anything good. So might as well build a new one
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June 13, 2012 9:53:58 AM

YOu could probaly salvage a few parts from your current build to fit within your budget :D 
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June 13, 2012 11:20:31 AM

Hello i have built/upgraded 3 of my friends computers from mainstream ones like urs, and you can most likely keep the hdd, blueray, graphics, motherboard. But i suggest upgrading the cpu b/c it is only 2 cores and the memory b/c of the low clock Here is what i suggest. For ram, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2x4gb 1600 mhz ddr3 sdram. And for a new cpu, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AMD phenom x4 965 3.4 ghz. And a heatsink to cool it such as, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... hyper 212 plus. Now if you do want a new graphics card i would suggest getting an http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Asus 6670 1gb. And if you get a new gpu you will need a new psu so i suggest getting the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it is same format as consumer psu's but it gives you the power you will need for the gpu.It all comes out to about 339$ You will most likely have to go into the bios and set the ram to xmp though. If you have any questions just ask me.
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