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November 23, 2012 8:39:14 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Today!

Budget Range: ~$400 cannot exceed 500 before rebates + shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming > surfing > media > everything else

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: Assuming a CPU + Mobo + RAM will be required (would like to reuse Antec 430D Green 430W but am expecting limitations)

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/TigerDirect

Location: Madera, CA USA

Parts Preferences: Currently running an AMD build but seeing as how a Mobo upgrade will be required am open to suggestions
Overclocking: No

SLI/Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Time limited, trying to take advantage of the BF sales

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Found that CPU intensive games are a pain (or impossible) to run satisfyingly e.g. BF3 , Planetside 2, just looking for a general upgrade

Looking to upgrade, currently;

GPU : AMD Radeon HD 6870

CPU: AMD Athlon IIx4 620 ~2.6Gh

RAM: Kingston DD2 4gigs

Mobo: ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4A785-M Rev X.0x

PSU: Antec 430D Green 430W
November 23, 2012 9:23:54 PM

I'm thinking;


- Intel Core i5-3450

+GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel 7 Series Motherboard

+Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered

Fitting me just under $400

Will I be able to power this with my 430W PSU and does anyone have better recommendations?
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November 23, 2012 9:34:05 PM

Tizoc_30 said:
I'm thinking;


- Intel Core i5-3450

+GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel 7 Series Motherboard

+Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered

Fitting me just under $400

Will I be able to power this with my 430W PSU and does anyone have better recommendations?


This instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jUz8
Maybe, but i would not risk it, would be very sad if old cpu fries new system
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November 23, 2012 9:56:30 PM

butremor said:
This instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jUz8
Maybe, but i would not risk it, would be very sad if old cpu fries new system


Would you recommend the AMD build over the Intel?

At those prices both would allow me to also upgrade my PSU any other ideas?
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November 23, 2012 10:02:43 PM

Get a quality PSU from Antec, Seasonic, XFX, Corsair or PC Power and Cooling, Silverstone. 500-550W, at least 80 plus bronze.
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November 23, 2012 11:42:38 PM

butremor said:
Get a quality PSU from Antec, Seasonic, XFX, Corsair or PC Power and Cooling, Silverstone. 500-550W, at least 80 plus bronze.




SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W

A bit overkill, but I was a bit stressed on time, a bit of a brash decision.

Picked this up along with the recommended build. Thanks for the advice, hopefully I can put this together without any problems.
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November 24, 2012 7:35:01 AM

Yeeah. slightly overkill. A bit wasted money.
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