Budget Gaming Built (First Time) HELP!

I am switching up certain components of my CPU so that I can play games on my home PC. Originally, I have a Compaq Presario CQ5320Y Desktop, Here are the specs-

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c01949111#N77

The components I want to switch out are the Processor, RAM and the Video Card. I am not sure if I need to get a new PSU (current one has 250W).

I was looking at a 4GB DDR3 1066 for one of my slots, leaving me with 6GB RAM total.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134927

As for my processor, I was looking at AMD II X3 Processor 3.2 GHz (can unlock the fourth core)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886

And for my video card, I was split in between Radeon 6850 or GTx 550ti


This is my first time building a PC (as you can tell), and I opened my case for the first time today. So any help would be greatly appreciated.
How can I improve my built? Will my current PSU suffice? What about if I unlock the fourth core? Are there any other components I need to add? Does sound matter? Do I need a cooler? What games/settings can I expect to play with this rig? BF3?GTA5?CS?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. the current PSU won't suffice, get an antec or corsair 500W.

    I'd go ahead and get an athlon II X4, only $20 difference, as that is NOT an unlocking motherboard.


    I'd say the 560ti is a faster card, the 6850 uses less power
  2. Thanks for the advice! How did you determine how much wattage this needs? Is it based on the GPU?
  3. Pretty much. Once you learn about the PSUs you begin to just pick up on what will suffice. I personally love the seasonic 520w bronze here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093


    I would suggest getting this PSU before the other parts. If you're going gaming you should let us know how much money you're going to invest in the new upgrades.
  4. I am on a pretty tight budget. Anywhere from $200-$300 on Processor, PSU and GPU.

    Do you think this will work for the PSU?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
    It's only $40.00 after rebate and promo code.
  5. Yea that will work, but the reason the Seasonic cost more is because it's more organized. If you look at the pictures you will notice the seasonic can plug in the cords it needs and unplug the ones it doesn't. The one you are thinking about doesn't have that, there for is cheaper. But you won't need 600w anyway. If you're gonna do that, just get this;

    Seasonic PSU Non-Modular


    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz

    GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit


    I honestly wouldn't suggest going any cheaper than that.
  6. yes. you'll be find with the 500W version of that same power unit. if you go 6850, you can get the 430W version
  7. ^^^ He is right.
  8. infumed said:
    Yea that will work, but the reason the Seasonic cost more is because it's more organized. If you look at the pictures you will notice the seasonic can plug in the cords it needs and unplug the ones it doesn't. The one you are thinking about doesn't have that, there for is cheaper. But you won't need 600w anyway. If you're gonna do that, just get this;

    Seasonic PSU Non-Modular


    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz

    GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit


    I honestly wouldn't suggest going any cheaper than that.



    can't use the 965 on his motherboard. its a 95W limit

    use this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871

    or get this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103889
    and this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103889
  9. I think you would be better off selling that computer and just building a decent 600-650 dollar budget build. You won't regret it. I wish I would of saved up instead of upgrading my old computer.
  10. the hyper 212+ is a great cooler.

    Just note the 95W limit on your old motherboard
  11. ScrewySqrl said:


    Do I need to buy an aftermarket cooler for the first one? (I am still using my original case) Or do you think I am better off going for the OEM's that are $20.00 cheaper and then buying this- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 for $20
  12. infumed said:
    I think you would be better off selling that computer and just building a decent 600-650 dollar budget build. You won't regret it. I wish I would of saved up instead of upgrading my old computer.


    I wish I had that kind of money to spend on this lol. But I know what you mean.
  13. Well, it took me 2 months of saving in order to buy my computer. and I don't regret the wait.
  14. infumed said:
    Well, it took me 2 months of saving in order to buy my computer. and I don't regret the wait.

    I would do that but I lack patience. I am not a huge gamer and school starts soon so I will be fine. Thanks for the input though.

    Do you think this will run BF3 by any chance?
  15. Yea, I run BF3 with my 6850 on ultra 1080p.
  16. Nice but you have 6 cores:)
  17. that doesn't matter as much in games.

    the 640 I posted above comes with a heat sink, the 645 doesn't, which is why I included the Hyper TX3, a good bargain cooler.
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