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September 5, 2012 5:17:17 PM

I am wanting to upgrade the mobo/cpu and possibly gpu for a better gaming experience.
I am going to re-use several pieces of the pc I already have.
Here is the list of things I am wanting to keep:
Corsair 430w psu
320GB hard drive
dvd drive
240gt amp edition(which could be upgraded if money permits)
micro-atx sized case

I have around a $300 budget to play with, any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

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September 5, 2012 7:04:40 PM

OK found these 3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i have 4gigs of ddr2 memory i can use until I save up for some ddr3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is this even compatible with the mobo above?

and thinking this for the gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

those add up to $234--again my max budget is roughly $300

I would like to know if these components would work together and if not, some suggestions on others
that would work(within my budget of course) Thanks in advance
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September 5, 2012 7:25:50 PM

Well some things to keep in mind first many people do not like reusing a psu. This is because eventually they all fail and eventually a failed psu can mean big $$. second the second link is not working for me. but you could always go with the $500 best gaming pc on the site.

CPU G870 100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V, Intel B75 Express, LGA 1155
$70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM G.Skill 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) $24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics MSI GeForce GTX 560 $164 and 135 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total B4 rebate 358 after rebate 328 it is over budget but it allow you to upgrade the processor later

or this could save some cash $20-30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am not sure if your psu is good enough though the build used a 450w psu
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September 6, 2012 9:56:26 PM

Okay check out these parts and let me know what ya think...

CPU--Intel Pentium G850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MOBO--MSI H61M-P31 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GPU--EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


RAM--G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total=$277.96 with a $15 mail-in rebate

(my psu is Corair CX430 hopefully it will handle this...)
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September 6, 2012 10:06:06 PM

Ya the 550ti is probably a better choice for your psu. I would say go with the g870 though and get a kit of ram. 2x2gb will be better then 1x4gb.
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September 6, 2012 10:18:30 PM

Just curious...why go with the 2x2gb over the 1x4gb what makes it better?
I chose the one stick of 4gb because it was cheaper lol
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September 6, 2012 11:31:26 PM

ram is run in dual channel for that motherboard so 2 sticks of ram will run somewhere between 5-15% faster. That is why you find ram in sets. I still recommend that you spend the extra $13 and get the extra .2Ghz with the G870. You still have room in budget.
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