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Upgrading PC- $800 budget.

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November 7, 2012 5:29:13 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: A few months.

Budget Range: $800 max.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes.

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Motherboard, Video Card, RAM ( I only need these 4 parts, not a whole system recommendation.)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.

Location: East Coast USA.

Parts Preferences: I would like to get an i5-3570 CPU.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter.

Additional Comments: None.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC parts are out of date.

Thank you.




Current build:

CPU: Intel Pentium III Xeon

Motherboard: P43T-ES3G

GPU: Nvidia Geforce GT 240

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November 7, 2012 5:51:39 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($362.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $756.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 7, 2012 5:52:17 AM

^good build, but he needs OS and monitor too.
I would demote the GPU a little to make way for the two.
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November 7, 2012 5:55:44 AM

excella1221 said:
^good build, but he needs OS and monitor too.
I would demote the GPU a little to make way for the two.


Derp, good catch. I read this line: "Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Motherboard, Video Card, RAM ( I only need these 4 parts, not a whole system recommendation.)" and apparently my brain shut off after that.
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November 7, 2012 5:57:58 AM

go ahead and get a 3570k instead of the 3570, so you can OC for like 15 bucks more.
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November 7, 2012 5:59:55 AM

Well here's the quick and dirty revamp then to account for OS and a basic 1920x1080 monitor:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($222.21 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $746.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

ehh, that's with the microcenter CPU price. It's like $796 if you don't have one nearby.

Also that's without a 3rd party cooler, you'd have to add one later on if you decided to overclock.
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November 7, 2012 6:08:17 AM

hyper 212 EVO is on sale for 30bucks atm at newegg.
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