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Upgrades to an older system

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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
i have 4gigs of ddr2 memory i can use until I save up for some ddr3
is this even compatible with the mobo above?

and thinking this for the gpu

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

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V, Intel B75 Express, LGA 1155

RAM G.Skill 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) $24

Graphics MSI GeForce GTX 560 $164 and 135 after rebate

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

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

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

CPU--Intel Pentium G850

MOBO--MSI H61M-P31 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU--EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi)

RAM--G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

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

(my psu is Corair CX430 hopefully it will handle this...)
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.
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
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.