Micro-ATX System Upgrade Tags: Homebuilt Systems Product Last response: December 20, 2012 7:00 PM in Systems Share Phosphonothioic December 20, 2012 6:45:47 PM Afternoon! I'm currently running a Q6600, EVGA GTX 275, 8GB Kingston HyperX, Creative Fatal1ty 5.1, and a WD Caviar Black 1TB. I'm looking to come out of the Stone Age and purchase a new i-series and the associated MB. I'll be looking to build on a micro-atx board to fit in a Fractal Arc Mini. What I'm thinking... Upgrade CPU/Board/GPU and RAM. It doesn't have to break the bank...I do casual gaming, so I don't need the latest-and-greatest of GPUs. Opinions on a good after-market CPU cooler would be appreciated as well. Let's set a budget of $500...but, seeing as I've been out of the loop for a few years, this will be flexible. Thanks! More about : micro atx system upgrade Mousemonkey December 20, 2012 6:47:24 PM This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey tiny voices a b B Homebuilt system December 20, 2012 6:53:18 PM PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon) Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon) Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg) Total: $453.96 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 15:52 EST-0500) I would go with something like this unless you want to overclock. Related resources Upgrading PSU in a microATX case - Forum WEIGH IN: May.09 System Builder Marathon ~$1250 MicroATX components - Forum MicroATX system - Forum MicroATX $800 - Forum Micro-ATX Motherboard for CrossfireX HD 7770's - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Phosphonothioic December 20, 2012 6:58:03 PM @tiny voices I've always built with Gigabyte boards. I'm assuming ASRock is a reliable manufacturer? I'm willing to flex my budget for a workhorse of a board that will last. Thoughts? tiny voices a b B Homebuilt system December 20, 2012 7:00:36 PM I too like Gigabyte boards. ASRock is a reputable and reliable manufacturer and will not give you and problems. The board listed is one of the better micro-atx 1155 boards out now. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumBestConfigs: MicroATX Gaming Build ForumMicroATX Gaming computer ForumMicroATX build, need advice ForumMicroATX Slim Audio/Emulation/Video Home No Gaming, Budget ForumInexpensive MicroATX gaming build ForumRecc for extra Reliable micro-ATX mobo/CPU/PSU upgr. ForumNeed advice to build budget microATX HTPC $800-900 Forum500-600$ MicroATX Build for Moderate Gaming and Win8 ForumBuidling a MicroATX rig... Any suggestions? ForumUpgrading from Micro-ATX to ATX... ForumBestConfigs Poll - MicroATX Gaming Build ForumIs this gaming PC okay? ForumHow to Upgrade my Gaming Rig ? Forum[Solved] Good $5000-$10,000 database server system Forum[Solved] What part to upgrade More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !