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September 6, 2012 3:08:22 PM

Hey Guys!

Wanted to get some input from the guys that seem to really know their stuff! I want to do some upgrading on my existing PC. I'm looking to upgrade to the new Ivy Bridge processors, as I currently have a AMD Phenom II x4 820 processor with stock motherboard from HP. At the same time, I need a new copy of Windows 7, as my research concludes that a new motherboard will not work with the HP harddrive, which I hope to recycle in the build. I have a stock HP case, that has a 6870 GPU and 750 Watt PSU already upgraded. I'm not sure if all of the upgrades will fit or not, I believe the HP tower is a Mid tower, and it's kinda tight as is. My goal is to spend $400 or less on the CPU, MB, and OS, but I don't know how realistic that is. I was also possibly considering a new case, suggestions would be appreciated. I like to run games like WoW, Diablo 3, Battlefield 3, Skyrim, and possibly GW2 in the future. I'm really starting to get into PC gaming and just want a little bit more power behind my machine to allow for a better gaming experience. Thanks for your help!
September 6, 2012 3:21:28 PM

1: you cant mix amd cpu motherboards with intel chips


get the following

gigabyte z77x-ud3h (asrock h77m if you are not overclocking)
i5 3570k (i5 3450 if you are not overclocking)
gskill ares 2x4gb 1600mhz cl9 memory
and your os
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September 6, 2012 3:32:43 PM

Newegg:

I5 3570k: $230
ASRock Z75 Pro3: $85, but currently sold out
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB: $41
OS win 7: $100

If you do some shopping you can do better, but these will all work.

Good Luck
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September 6, 2012 9:30:59 PM

So I'm not looking to upgrade to Overclocking capability if that makes a difference. I was hoping to just reuse the 3 2gb sticks of ddr3 1066 I think that is already in the machine. I don't know if this would effect suggestions you guys might have. Thanks for the responses thus far!
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September 6, 2012 9:40:36 PM

TheBigTroll said:
1: you cant mix amd cpu motherboards with intel chips


get the following

gigabyte z77x-ud3h (asrock h77m if you are not overclocking)
i5 3570k (i5 3450 if you are not overclocking)
gskill ares 2x4gb 1600mhz cl9 memory
and your os


What troll said, but a GA-Z77-D3H instead of the UD3H as it is cheaper and you're on a budget, like he also said get a H77 chipset if not overclocking but I wouldn't get Asrock.
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September 6, 2012 9:43:32 PM

I first thought I was going to upgrade my first prebuilt pc but then I found out I could not remove the mobo and install a new one easily so I had to get a new case. I am budgeting windows as 100 so that leave 300 to work with. I would prefer 400 to work with but here goes
So here is my suggestion
Case 50 after promo code (40 after rebate) I currently use this case and it works for me
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU i3 3220 130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo 100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total 280 with another 100 I would get this as a cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would also try to squeeze this into it as well 37 after promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 6, 2012 9:48:42 PM

jackspeed said:
I first thought I was going to upgrade my first prebuilt pc but then I found out I could not remove the mobo and install a new one easily so I had to get a new case. I am budgeting windows as 100 so that leave 300 to work with. I would prefer 400 to work with but here goes
So here is my suggestion
Case 50 after promo code (40 after rebate) I currently use this case and it works for me
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU i3 3220 130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo 100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total 280 with another 100 I would get this as a cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would also try to squeeze this into it as well 37 after promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If no overclock get the i5 3550 though, the K series is multpliyer unlocked.
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September 6, 2012 9:54:47 PM

My only concern with the processor is that it's a dual core. I think I've heard that newer games are finally starting to take advantage of multiple cores. Is that true? Would i see a big difference going from the Quad core to the Dual core?
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September 6, 2012 9:57:39 PM

ouijammin said:
My only concern with the processor is that it's a dual core. I think I've heard that newer games are finally starting to take advantage of multiple cores. Is that true? Would i see a big difference going from the Quad core to the Dual core?


Quad is the best I think, anymore and it doesn't really make use of it and any less and it starts to get outdated, so a i5 3550 for no oc or i5 3570k for overclock, I haven't OC'ed yet but got the 3570k and a z77 board so i have the option in 2-3 years.
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September 6, 2012 11:05:27 PM

spat55 said:
Quad is the best I think, anymore and it doesn't really make use of it and any less and it starts to get outdated, so a i5 3550 for no oc or i5 3570k for overclock, I haven't OC'ed yet but got the 3570k and a z77 board so i have the option in 2-3 years.


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