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October 20, 2012 3:10:18 PM

Hello guys.Im going to upgrade my pc.and the component that i want to upgrade is processor,yeah a new motherboard,ram and if possible a new fraphic card.my budget only 300$.i need help choosing best component that i mention.


My current pc
Intel core 2 duo
Basic intel motherboard
Gigabyte gt640
4gb of ram
500gb hdd

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October 20, 2012 7:24:32 PM

Not if you only want to spend $300. The best you could do in that case is:

Intel Core i3-3220 ($120)
ECS B75H2-M3 ($51 after $20 rebate)
Patriot IEM 2x4GB DDR3-1600 ($31 after $10 rebate)
HIS Radeon HD 7750 ($95 after $10 rebate)

Totals out to $335 before rebates, $295 after. The B75 and H77 chipsets are very similar, and only differ in their USB and SATA3 connectivity (as far as I know), and that's the most affordable motherboard for Ivy Bridge. If you want the 7770, you'd have to be willing to spend about $10 more (which is worth it, in my opinion).
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October 21, 2012 3:49:11 PM

What do you use PC for? It makes a difference. For below assume gaming, but if rendering video is what you do tell us.

Assume you know you need a decent power supply for good video, e.g. antec VP-450. Or you've decided to live within your current PC's power supply budget. Most good CPU replacements will use same power as your current CPU. Most good video will use mucgh more power than your current video, exception hd7770 which will only use 15 watts more. http://www.hwcompare.com/12821/geforce-gt-640-ddr3-vs-r...

Assuming Gaming: Drop $200 into video. Any decent core 2 CPU plus good video will game much better than a faster CPU with slower graphics for most games. Suggest PSU ($50) plus HD6870, gtx560 or Hd7850 depending on what you want to spend. Then deal with CPU and MB when you get another $250.

For your actual question... If you do want to max gaming performance by swapping CPU and not graphics then this article gives you a hierarchy of CPUs. Find your CPU. Note that FOR GAMING you need to go three tiers up to really see a difference according to the authors. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o... Pick your CPU. Then people can suggest good MB/CPU/Memory combos. At the $300 price point for CPU an i5 + MB would be great.

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October 21, 2012 6:25:32 PM

tsnor said:
What do you use PC for? It makes a difference. For below assume gaming, but if rendering video is what you do tell us.

Assume you know you need a decent power supply for good video, e.g. antec VP-450. Or you've decided to live within your current PC's power supply budget. Most good CPU replacements will use same power as your current CPU. Most good video will use mucgh more power than your current video, exception hd7770 which will only use 15 watts more. http://www.hwcompare.com/12821/geforce-gt-640-ddr3-vs-r...

Assuming Gaming: Drop $200 into video. Any decent core 2 CPU plus good video will game much better than a faster CPU with slower graphics for most games. Suggest PSU ($50) plus HD6870, gtx560 or Hd7850 depending on what you want to spend. Then deal with CPU and MB when you get another $250.

For your actual question... If you do want to max gaming performance by swapping CPU and not graphics then this article gives you a hierarchy of CPUs. Find your CPU. Note that FOR GAMING you need to go three tiers up to really see a difference according to the authors. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o... Pick your CPU. Then people can suggest good MB/CPU/Memory combos. At the $300 price point for CPU an i5 + MB would be great.


Hi there,I just google and i found that GPU give most perfomance in gaming.(My computer are use to play game and do some work.Mostly game).Mine processor right now is Intel Core 2 Duo E7500.I think im going with new GPU-HD6850-.If I buy new processor(Intel core i5 2400)+Gpu(HD6850),will it give big performance and worth it?Or f i buy only the GPU only 5-10% less performance?Is it worth my money if i buy new processor(I5),Motherboard,GPU and of course new RAM for the CPU.?Or ill buy i3 2100+HD6850+Motherboard+Ram,so when i have enough money i can upgrade new processor.Oh yeah,I already have new power supply.
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October 21, 2012 11:59:16 PM

E7500 is not a bad CPU at all. Grab the Hd6850 -- you should see a huge performance increase. This review of the GT640 has the HD7770 in it, the HD6850 should be a little better than the HD7770. HD6850 is hugely better than the GT640 you have. (edit, forgot to link review. http://www.anandtech.com/show/5969/zotac-geforce-gt-640... )

Later, when you choose, upgrade from Core 2 to a new processor/MB/memory. You are correct not to get a new processor for that MB.

What power supply do you have?
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October 22, 2012 12:41:24 PM

600 Watt Super Power.I know its bad.Im going to change it cuz it will be use just for a while.
I got some money and going to pick the Hd7850.And ill wait for the Haswell to come out :-)
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October 28, 2012 10:44:58 AM

Best answer selected by ultimatum_41.
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