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Upgrading a 4y old pc, 800$ budget

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August 22, 2012 9:15:51 PM

After 4 years it's time to upgrade my pc. My goal is to have a gaming pc that can handle current games like Skyrim, Deus Ex and Witcher 2, but is also capable of running Guild Wars 2 and Dishonored in the future.

- aiming to game at a 1920x1080 hd resolution
- not going to OC
- not aiming to run sli/crossfire
- budget: around 800€/$, I do need money for windows 7 and a monitor

My current system is:

Intel Core2 Duo CPU E8400 @3ghz
Gigabyte motherboard P35C-DS3R (supposed to support DDR3)
2x OCZ 2048MB 800MHz ddr2 ram
Sapphire ATI Raedon HD 4850 512MB
Samsung 320GB SATA II Harddisk
Arctic Freezer 7 pro
Antec Sonata Plus 550
Antec Neopower 550

What I'm looking for is cost efficient upgrades, trying to 'recycle' as many old parts as possible, but also having a pc without an obvious bottleneck and that technically fits together.
So far I'm thinking about getting:

- an i5-3450 cpu: I was thinking about the i5-3570, but since I don't plan to overclock it doesn't seem worth it
- a GTX 560 or a HD 7850: I know one is clearly better then the other, but I'm wondering if the extra money for the 7850 is worth it
- a Samsung Syncmaster S24B35OH "24 monitor. This seems to be a great 24" monitor.
- a 64 or 128 gb Samsung ssd. Not sure which size I should get or if it's going to fit into my budget. Is 64gb enough for windows 7 and 2-3 games?

What I'm still clueless about is:

- what's a suitable motherboard?
- I want 8gb of ram, but which brand? Do I want 1600mhz ram or 1333mhz?
- Can I still use my current gaming case? It feels a bit small and doesn't have a vent on the side. It did come with a power supply which was nice, and it does have so air flow on the sides at the front. But will it work with a new motherboard and gpu?

Any other advice is always welcome :) 

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August 22, 2012 9:30:10 PM

the Sonata plus is a fine case, and should work just fine, the PSU should also have a few more years left in it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G245HQ Abmid 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $826.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-22 17:29 EDT-0400)

I went with the Acer 23.6" monitor because its a great deal right now
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