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[New Build] Budget Gaming PC

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September 23, 2012 9:59:39 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few weeks

Budget Range: 300-400 (after rebates etc...)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Nope

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, MoBo, RAM, Case, PSU, Hd, and optical drive

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any really

Location: Metro Detroit, MI, United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: intel CPU

Overclocking: Would prefer not to

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Going to be reusing a GPU (ATI radeon hd 4600) to cut costs.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current comp can't really play games anymore.



New to this but have a current 'rough' build (would appreciate any input :)  ) :

MoBo:
Asus P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX $80 Microcenter (just sold out )

CPU:
i5-2500k 3.3 ghz $160 Microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/product/3...oxed_Processor
RAM:
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 4gb (2x2) DDR3 $24.99 Newegg.com
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231425
Case:
NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $39.99 Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146061
PSU:
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2(CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $24.99 (after MiR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139026


I appreciate any and all advice, thanks in advance!

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September 23, 2012 10:43:58 PM

What is your existing set-up. The reason I ask is that I tend to think it may be your graphic card, that's holding you back, more than anything else. Without changing that, you may find your "upgrade" achieves little. The onboard graphics, on many modern processors is better than HD4600!
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