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August 28, 2012 7:50:15 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $500 is preferred but I'll spend at least $700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop Software, flash, Movies, Surfing the web with several browsers open at once.

buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: My Nvidia Geoforce GTX 270 Graphics Card unless it's good enough.

Do you need to buy OS: No clue? I have a hard drive that has the OS on it already.

Preferred Website(s): Maybe Newegg, BestBuy, or TigerDirect? I'll purchase from anywhere though.

Location: Mt. Pocono, Pa

Parts Preferences: I need a motherboard/Processor, power supply, Graphics card and possibly a case (If at all possible a colored case or green/pink lights to match my keyboard etc.).

Overclocking: doubt it?

SLI or Crossfire: If I don't have to get Dual Cards I won't

Your Monitor Resolution: I use an 36 inch HDTV, it does 1080i but i don't know the actual resolution.

Additional Comments: I don't know much at all about computers (I usually just buy a desktop PC from HP, but I no longer want to spend $1000 once a year), but I'm a heavy gamer, so i just need parts that will run all my games (i.e. Sims 3, BF3, ME3, GW2, SWTOR, BioShock 2, Tera). I don't need the HIGHEST possible graphics if I can lower the cost without it, but I want them to run fairly well on med-high graphic settings. I wanted to use the left over parts from my HP PC (The HD, Sound card and maybe the graphics card etc.) and just throw them into a new computer or use the same case and purchase the necessary parts. I also need to know what extra parts I'd need like fans or Ram etc.

Why Are You Upgrading: My motherboard and processor stopped working.



I did look up a few things, but I'm clueless so nothing is definite (newegg):

Intel Core i5-2500K & ATX Intel Motherboard $376.98

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 $69.99

Thanks guys, sorry for the hassle. :??: 

August 28, 2012 8:17:43 AM

if you use 2500k then you will need a powerfull gpu like gtx 670(around $440).so go with amd am3+ chip like fx 8150(8 core).cheaper than 2500k and better than i3 2120 and also you have option of upgrade to piledriver.very good gaming performance+Radeon HD 6870(around $150).so you have more bucks to spend on ssd,hdd,psu,ram.if you go with intel then i3 2120 is best for your budget.
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August 28, 2012 8:33:45 AM

Laces said:
I wanted to use the left over parts from my HP PC (The HD, Sound card and maybe the graphics card etc.)


The HDD and optical is probably the only salvageable parts from the old machine. The Windows install will become invalidated once its on a new mobo, so you need another product key.

Here's a build that assumes you already have the HDD and optical, if you need them, you might have to stretch your cash a bit further.

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965. $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $46
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: AsRock 970 Pro3. $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Sapphire HD7770. $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: XFX Core edition 550W. $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Zalman Z9+. $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM. $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $596
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August 28, 2012 3:11:38 PM

Thanks! :D 

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Here's a build that assumes you already have the HDD and optical, if you need them, you might have to stretch your cash a bit further.

I do have the HDD and the optical still.

Quick questions:
I have my HP's backup OS disc, can I use that?
Do I need a sound card?
Do I need fans? My old case still has 3.

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August 28, 2012 3:24:57 PM

Can't use the backup OS disc. Sound card isn't needed. Salvage your fans.
MoC's build is good, but the Corsair 600w is $60 on Amazon.
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August 28, 2012 4:24:19 PM

Best answer selected by Laces.
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August 28, 2012 4:45:54 PM

go with fx line and also you have option of upgrade to piledriver later
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August 28, 2012 4:51:00 PM

You don't need an FX chip to upgrade to PD. All you need is an AM3+ board(which she has). That being said, the Phenom II x4 965 is more powerful than the FX chips.
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