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Upgrading gaming PC $400

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August 29, 2012 9:20:37 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:This week

Budget Range: 300-400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, net, movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Video card, Case, Power supply

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: umart.com.au

Location: Queensland, Australia

Parts Preferences: Looking at ati HD 7770, not sure about case and power supply

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Just want to increase fps enough to play properly. i realize i should be upgrading my entire system but dont have the money at the moment because im a student. Just wondering if this is the best card for its price range and what case and power supply would be suitable/compatible

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Counter-strike:GO just released and cant play it desirably.

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August 29, 2012 10:05:08 AM

Whats your CPU and mobo?
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August 29, 2012 11:18:03 AM

CPU is AMD 64x2 dual core 5600+ 2.9 ghz
mobo is msi K9A2 neo 2
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August 29, 2012 11:28:06 AM

Well, the GPU will most likely be bottlenecked by your current parts, so I suggest that you just buy a new build altogether with some more money.
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August 29, 2012 11:42:41 AM

wow. yeah, you should...but upgrading cpu/mobo will also needs RAM. your board has both IDE and SATA II, you PROBABLY have a SATA II hard drive and IDE DVD, but they could both be IDE or both be SATA. my build belowe assumes you have SATA for both.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($125.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $376.00
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-29 21:36 EST+1000)

this leaves enough to upgrade your optical drive, if needed, or you could step up the GPU to a 6870
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August 29, 2012 12:05:29 PM

yeah awesome that looks great for a cheap upgrade. still gunna need to get a bigger case and a decent power supply too though?? its probably going to end up around 500-550?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2012 12:49:10 PM

Well what is your current case and PSU
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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2012 1:19:11 PM

your current case will probably be fine. What is your current PSU?
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