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August 2, 2012 5:24:15 AM

Hello,
Im looking to upgrade some components of my older system:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400(2.66GHz)
4MB L2 Cache
8GB DDR2 800
1TB SATA 5400RPM
NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 Graphics with 1GB
300W psu
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I don't play a ton of games, mostly diablo 3. Looking to play guild wars 2 soon. My budget is about $350, or less. Not using an 1080p monitor currently, but will in the future. Was thinking about a gtx 560, new 650 wat corsair psu, and maybe a 120gb ssd. Or lose the drive and get a 7850 instead of the gtx560. Also I do plan on upgrading the motherboard ram and CPU eventually. Suggestions? Comments?

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 2, 2012 5:32:13 AM

I would suggest getting a quality 550w PSU paired with a HD7850. That should bring some second life into your system for gaming.

You might want to consider investing in a small SSD (60GB) for your OS as well, since your 5400RPM is just...well...yeah :lol:  not the best.

MSI Twin Frozr HD7850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core 550w PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 64GB SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total of these components with discounts - $394.97

After Rebates - $364.97

It's a little over budget, but this is the route I would take :)  You can carry these components to your new rig when you build it as well.
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August 2, 2012 5:47:42 AM

somewhat agreed... but I think you could get by with a 7770 and get a nice monitor if you dont have one already.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 129.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 139.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 49.99

If you do have a nice 23"+ 1080p monitor then use, then get a SSD like dude said...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 114.99
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 2, 2012 5:51:33 AM

JefferyD90 said:
somewhat agreed... but I think you could get by with a 7770 and get a nice monitor if you dont have one already.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 129.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 139.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 49.99

If you do have a nice 23"+ 1080p monitor then use, then get a SSD like dude said...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 114.99


For how the HD7770 is priced, I would prefer to spend $10 extra and get an HD6850.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
http://www.hwcompare.com/11925/radeon-hd-6850-vs-radeon...

Personally I would take the XFX PSU I listed over the Ultra you have listed, for many reasons.

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

Higher Amps on the +12v rail (30A on +12v compared to 44A on +12v), 80+ Bronze certified, and it's $25 off counting the discount and rebate, making it $49.99. Much better value IMO.

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August 2, 2012 6:00:27 AM

I do like the 7850 as I think it would last for a while. However, I only currently have about 9.5 inches of space in the pci slot. Which limits some of my choices, including some 6850s. (I like dual fans as they tend to be quieter). Also wouldn't the 7850 be a bit of overkill currently? I don't have a nice monitor currently. Thanks for the suggestions by the way.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 2, 2012 6:02:02 AM

Melvinmerrill said:
I do like the 7850 as I think it would last for a while. However, I only currently have about 9.5 inches of space in the pci slot. Which limits some of my choices, including some 6850s. (I like dual fans as they tend to be quieter). Also wouldn't the 7850 be a bit of overkill currently? I don't have a nice monitor currently. Thanks for the suggestions by the way.


What is your monitor resolution?
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August 2, 2012 6:03:01 AM

I got dude under budget too, so dont forget that... Plus whats the point of having a 7850 if you are using a small 19" monitor to play on? The 7770 will do just about anything you want of it at 1080, I think the only games you would ever need to turn down would be BIG title games...
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 2, 2012 6:06:40 AM

JefferyD90 said:
I got dude under budget too, so dont forget that... Plus whats the point of having a 7850 if you are using a small 19" monitor to play on? The 7770 will do just about anything you want of it at 1080, I think the only games you would ever need to turn down would be BIG title games...


If I had compromised on the GPU and had chosen the 6850, I would've been under budget too ;) 

That's beside the point, where did OP state his monitor size? I must have missed it.

I understand that the HD7770 will play games just fine @1080p, but I find it to be out of the question when you consider the price point of the HD6850. Performs better, only a little more power consumption, and only $10 more.

@ OP

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

Under details are the card's dimensions. It comes close at 9.06 inches :) 
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August 2, 2012 6:08:22 AM

He didnt say, but I did say "If you do have a nice 23"+ 1080p monitor then use, then get a SSD like dude said"...

Just offering options...
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August 2, 2012 6:09:08 AM

I didn't sorry, it's 20inch (or like 19.5) resolution is 1680 x 1050.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 2, 2012 6:10:57 AM

Melvinmerrill said:
I didn't sorry, it's 20inch (or like 19.5) resolution is 1680 x 1050.


At that resolution, either of the cards JefferyD90 or I have listed will work fine.
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August 2, 2012 6:41:02 AM

At what resolution does the 7850 become more important than say a 6850 and an ssd?
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 2, 2012 6:42:54 AM

Melvinmerrill said:
At what resolution does the 7850 become more important than say a 6850 and an ssd?


1920x1080 would be the most optimal for a 7850.

Up until 1680x1050, the HD6850-HD6870 for Radeons, or GTX560-GTX560 Ti for Nvidia would do the trick.
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August 2, 2012 6:44:41 AM

Also, would you not recommend the intel 330 120gb ssd? I was just thinking the extra space would be nice for a couple of games.


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a b B Homebuilt system
August 2, 2012 6:46:05 AM

Melvinmerrill said:
Also, would you not recommend the intel 330 120gb ssd? I was just thinking the extra space would be nice for a couple of games.


That SSD is actually very good and it's priced very reasonably at the moment ($99 on newegg). Highly recommend it
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August 5, 2012 3:47:34 AM

Well I ordered the 550 xfx psu, the 6850 gpu and the 120gig intel ssd. Next up will be a good 1080 monitor. Thanks for the help guys.
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August 12, 2012 3:32:08 AM

Best answer selected by Melvinmerrill.
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