Wanna upgrade old PC into a budget gaming PC. Needs advice

Approximate Purchase Date: anytime

Budget Range: < $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, running PS2 emulator, leaching and seeding 24/7, watching streaming prons

Parts Not Required: CPU, mobo, DVD, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Parts Preferences: Nvidia (I've been told that PCSX2 likes nVidia cards), "no" to all Korean brands

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1366x768

Additional Comments: I wanna play Fable 3, Saints Row 3, Dragon Age 1 + 2, Mass Effect 1 + 2 + 3, Mafia II, The Witcher 2, Shogun 2: Total Wars, Assassin Creed 1 + 2, Civilization V.
Also needs large storage and power saving


My old PC:
CPU - i3 530 @ 2.93GHz
Graphics Card - none (using the i3's HD Graphics 1000)
RAM - 1 stick of 2GB 1333
HDD - Seagate 500GB (almost full)
PSU - 390W Cooler Master, dying and making high-pitched noise
Case - No name cheap tiny case, big cards will not fit


Planned to spend $2500 ~ $3000 on Ivy Bridge but I think I'll wait for Skymont.

Thanx in advance. :)
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  1. so your budget is $2500-$3000 or $500?
  2. Why would you wait for Skymont? Thats 4 years from now LOL.

    At any rate, new RAM is highly suggested. 8GB for a proper gaming system is prudent.

    Video card, I'd get something like a Radeon 6870.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389

    Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    If you want a 2nd hard drive a tiny SSD would be a hot idea for your primary boot:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
  3. hellfire24 said:
    so your budget is $2500-$3000 or $500?


    The budget for upgrading is less than $500.


    Anonymous said:
    Why would you wait for Skymont? Thats 4 years from now LOL.

    At any rate, new RAM is highly suggested. 8GB for a proper gaming system is prudent.

    Video card, I'd get something like a Radeon 6870.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389

    Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    If you want a 2nd hard drive a tiny SSD would be a hot idea for your primary boot:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441


    I was told that PCSX2 runs better with Nvidia cards.

    64GB isn't enough for Windows and my programs, they are currently 67GB, and I've heard that SSD needs 20% free space to run well.
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