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September 14, 2012 2:49:24 PM

I made a post a month ago, but i decided to wait till i get more budget, i got new SSD and now my budget is 600-700$
Here is my current system:
-AMD Phenom II x4 925 2.8GHz
-8GB ram 1333 MHz DDR3
-7200 RPM 1 TB hard drive sata 2
-Corsair 120 GB SSD Force GT Sata 3
-ATI HD 7950 3GB graphic card
-antec nine hundred two (case)
-600W unbrand Power Supply :D 
Already have OS.

My budget is 600$ dollar, i can go spend up 700$ if nesscessary. I need to change:
-Processor from AMD to Intel, and also the motherboard. (many people say this CPU is bottlenecking my GPU, so i want to get rid of it).
-Power supply since mine is from an unpopular brand, i got it for a really cheap price.
-Maybe Ram.
I mainly use for gaming and I want to get the best performance out of the 600$ change. So please help me with this, the above are what i think i should change, but if you have any better idea, post it bellow :) 

Thanks :) 
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September 14, 2012 3:18:39 PM

DO NOT buy an unbranded PSU.

buy this:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $690.91
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 14, 2012 3:25:04 PM

He already has a 7950 so no need to worry about the video card.

His current build looks great minus the CPU, Mobo and PSU.

CPU: i5-3570K + Cooler Master Hyper Evo $267 OR i5-3450 $190
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 $135
PSU: Corsair TX750 (So you can Crossfire that 7950) $110

Total: $512 or $435

$512 Gets you the unlocked processor and aftermarket cooler so you can overclock
$435 Gets you the locked i5 that will still offer great performance, just not as much headroom.

Either way keeps you under budget and gets you on the road to that 7950 Crossfire.
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September 14, 2012 3:59:45 PM

If your current Motherboard supports it and if your comfortable overclocking you could get a phenom II 965 OC to around 4Ghz and you will be fine.

If you don't want to OC and really have no better use of your money then Bolivious suggestion would be best in my opinion.

cpu: phenom II x4 965 $89.98 @NCIX US
HSF: CM Hyper 212+ 29.99 @ Newegg (19.99 after MIR)
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 109.99 @Newegg(89.99 after MIR +20$ giftcard)

Total: $230
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September 15, 2012 12:48:49 PM

+1^ forBolivious' solution. solid advice.

The i5 3570K is much more powerful than the X4 965BE that dr1337 suggested.

I have no idea what idroid was thinking with his post
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September 15, 2012 7:14:45 PM

jerreddredd said:

I have no idea what idroid was thinking with his post


Games do not benefit much from overclocking your CPU.
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September 16, 2012 7:15:04 AM

idroid said:
Games do not benefit much from overclocking your CPU.


I guess I missed the mark on my comments. I meant I wasn't sure what you were thinking when you gave the OP and entire system build when the OP stated he already had a system with these parts:

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Here is my current system:
-AMD Phenom II x4 925 2.8GHz
-8GB ram 1333 MHz DDR3
-7200 RPM 1 TB hard drive sata 2
-Corsair 120 GB SSD Force GT Sata 3
-ATI HD 7950 3GB graphic card
-antec nine hundred two (case)
-600W unbrand Power Supply :D 
Already have OS.


he really only needs a new MB and CPU. and maybe a PSU as an "unbranded power supply" is a scary thought.
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September 23, 2012 12:59:56 PM

Best answer selected by dg2903.
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