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April 9, 2012 3:42:47 PM

Hello,

I'm currently looking to build a new budget gaming pc consisting of parts from my current pc for a low budget of $300 to a max of $500.

I'm mainly looking to replace the motherboard, processor, case, and ram, but would like to keep the current stock hard-drive & dvd-drive (if possible) as well as my PSU and GPU. Any suggestions for what to buy?

Current Specs:

PC:
HP a1730n

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/ho/WF06b/12132708-...

GPU:
ATI Radeon HD 5770 - 1gb Sapphire

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
Coolmaster Silent Pro M 600w

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: win 7 home premium - 64 bit

I'll mainly need the performance for games such as Mass Effect 3, and mmorpgs like TERA and Guild Wars 2 (when they release) running at med-max settings.

Any help is greatly appreciated. :) 
April 9, 2012 3:59:59 PM

changing cpu+mobo+ram is a good upgrade for that pc
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April 9, 2012 4:06:42 PM

Right, but any specifics on what type of cpu+mobo+ram to buy?
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April 9, 2012 4:15:05 PM

you can get a i5-2500k+z68+8gb in 400-500$
or a ivy version
i5-3570k (comming soon)+z77+8gb 1600mhz,cl7/9
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April 9, 2012 4:39:18 PM

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April 9, 2012 4:48:33 PM

OP remember you don't need a 2500K for playing games.
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April 9, 2012 5:16:10 PM

Okay, thank you very much for all the replies! They were very helpful.

So far, I am set to buy the following:
Z68 for $124.99 on newegg. Which according to reviews is very good for the price.

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case for $49.99 at amazon.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB for $46.99 at newegg.

I looked up i5 2500k vs X4 965 and in terms of the cost, I really like the 965's affordability. However, it seems that the 965 is older in comparison. Would the 965 still be a good choice if I plan to use it for future games in the next 2-3 years or so? Perhaps it may be best to buy the 965 and invest in a better GPU in the future.

How do all of these parts look in terms of compatibility? Any there still any cheaper alternatives to the Case and Mobo?
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April 9, 2012 5:27:29 PM

Yuiko said:
Okay, thank you very much for all the replies! They were very helpful.

So far, I am set to buy the following:
Z68 for $124.99 on newegg.

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case for $49.99 at amazon.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB for $46.99 at newegg.

I looked up i5 2500k vs X4 965 and in terms of the cost, I really like the 965's affordability. However, it seems that the 965 is older in comparison. Would the 965 still be a good choice if I plan to use it for future games in the next 2-3 years or so? Perhaps it may be best to buy the 965 and invest in a better GPU in the future.

How do all of these parts look in terms of compatibility? Any further suggestions?

If gaming is of the main concern the AMD 965 is still rocking in the free world especial when OCed plus you are correct a better GPU and an AMD 965 will be better than a lesser GPU and an 2500K. Remember the GPU is what make the game smooth not the CPU tho you still need a decent CPU and the AMD x4 965 is most definitely a great a great basic purpose and gaming CPU. Also I should add that Skyrim does play better on the 2500K because it is on of the very few CPU bugged games so if you play mostly just Skyrim right now maybe you want to spring for the 2500K
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April 9, 2012 7:39:49 PM

Alright. I think I will be buying the AMD x4 965 and all the items I listed earlier. Thanks a lot for the advice!
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April 9, 2012 7:40:08 PM

Best answer selected by Yuiko.
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