Upgrading PC- $800 budget.

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And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC parts are out of date.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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  1. 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.)
  2. ^good build, but he needs OS and monitor too.
    I would demote the GPU a little to make way for the two.
  3. 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.
  4. go ahead and get a 3570k instead of the 3570, so you can OC for like 15 bucks more.
  5. 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.
  6. hyper 212 EVO is on sale for 30bucks atm at newegg.
  7. Here's a slightly cheaper 7870.
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69829&vpn=FX787ACDFC&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1016

    Visiontek and Powercolor have even cheaper ones... but yeah, I was never really a fan of both.
  8. excella1221 said:

    My uncle has that card, he loves it to death^
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