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Gaming Upgrades. 350$ MoBo,CPU,RAM,HDD/SSD

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October 5, 2012 7:54:02 AM

Hello! I am a long time reader and first time poster!

I am planning on upgading my current system (which has quite a few years on it). I wil be playing DiabloIII,LoL,WoW and I'll Be using Google the most...

My current PC:

1.50 GB (ddr400 or less)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
5400 250GB IDE HDD
Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+
ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard
I beleive i have an Antec 450W PSU (I had one die on me recently)
And a Antec Case

I am looking to invest 350 to 450 to make this machine bearable.
I would like to keep using my 8800GT and my Case/PSU to save money.

I have 2 possible builds I have made, ad would like to know if you can improve upon them, or create a better one allthogether.

AMD Build:
Asus M5A97 R2.0 Socket AM3+ 99$
AMD Bulldozer X6 FX-6200 111.73$
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SATA3 6GB/s 2.5ʺ Solid State Drive (SSD) 79.99
1600Mhz DDR3 RAM 2x4GB 39.99

Total Cost: 330$

Intel Build:

MSI Z68A-GD55 (B3) Intel Z68 97.99
Intel Core i3-3220 Processor 129.97
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SATA3 6GB/s 2.5ʺ Solid State Drive (SSD) 79.99
1600Mhz DDR3 RAM 2x4GB 39.99

Total Cost: 347$

I am planning on using an SSD, I have had no experince with them but Passmark.com rates them the highest for preformace and I am not worried about file storage (I have external storage)

I am completely open to suggestions!

Preferred Retailers: Tigerdirect.ca, newegg.ca,Canadacomputers.com...

Thanks!


Jeeb2001

Final note: Mail in Rebates I find more or less I dont get paid in the end, so I tend to stay away from those deals, although I would Use them Nonetheless.
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October 5, 2012 6:24:58 PM

luciferano said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jq22
This setup is even better than Shafe88's build and slightly cheaper.

Actually your setup is not cheaper, as you didn't include a Solid State hard drive. Plus I don't think he want's to buy parts form SuperBiiz as he stated he wanted to stick with Newegg, Tigerdirect and Canadacomputers. He don't need a new PSU as he plans on using the one he already has. Also He can save money on shipping by buying all the componets at once from the same place. Also buy going with the celeron g530, he has the option to upgrade to an I3 or I5 later down the road.
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October 5, 2012 6:39:42 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.48 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $355.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

the i3-3220 and the A10-5800K trade blows at stock (i3 a little faster at single threaded, A10 faster at multithreaded) , and the 6670 + 7660D will crossfire into something around a 6770, about 2-3 times better than that 8800, on far, far less power
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October 5, 2012 7:14:14 PM

shafe88 said:
Actually your setup is not cheaper, as you didn't include a Solid State hard drive. Plus I don't think he want's to buy parts form SuperBiiz as he stated he wanted to stick with Newegg, Tigerdirect and Canadacomputers. He don't need a new PSU as he plans on using the one he already has. Also He can save money on shipping by buying all the componets at once from the same place. Also buy going with the celeron g530, he has the option to upgrade to an I3 or I5 later down the road.


Sorry, IDK what happened, but that was the wrong link:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jqVN

Memory kit I chose earlier is gone so price went up slightly, but a like 5% price hike over your build for a roughly 20% gain in graphic performance and a slight upgrade in CPU performance is still better value.
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October 12, 2012 1:08:29 AM

Here's what I ended up getting... I bought all the parts at Canada Computers (in-store) and saved on any shipping charges and I also did need a PSU upgrade I found out later... It cost me a bit more buying all the parts from there but it was very convenient getting all the parts at once. So-far PC is running great... Super fast Startup w/ SSD (not going back).

Thanks everyone for the input!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($37.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $387.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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October 12, 2012 1:10:05 AM

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