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June 17, 2012 5:40:22 AM

about 6 months ago, i built a budget gaming pc that costed approximately $800. Now i have some money and i want to do some upgrades. I have some ideas in mind but the problem is that i cant buy everything in bult. I can spend about 200-300 now, 500 in october and another 500 and christmas. I know with this kind of money its not really an upgrade as it is a new build but i still like to consider it upgrading. I need some help to figure out the best way to buy everything.

Current Specs-

CPU - AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz
MOBO - ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX
Video Card - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB
Sound Card - Creative Sound Blaster Recon3d Fatal1ty Professional
Case - HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition
HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM
PSU - Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W
RAM - Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB

Upgrades(What im thinking so far)-

CPU - Intel i5 2500k
MOBO - no idea
Video Card - im thinking of going with 680 so i can upgrade later
Case - nzxt phantom atx full tower???
HDD - maybe a couple SSD?
PSU - no idea
RAM - at least 8gb

thanks for all the help in advance!
June 17, 2012 5:47:31 AM

Hi.

I suggest wait it out untill you get all the money saved up. Then you can consider these specs which i have listed in another post. Which will be around your budget. And will certainly give you good performance on all games.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/350696-31-1000-1500-g...

Its also good to see your moving from AMD to Intel. The specs in the link are probably what you want. If you want a better GPU then when it comes time to upgrade, sell your current rig. Which will give you atleast another $400-450.

Hope i helped.
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