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January 11, 2013 11:19:28 AM

Gotta start off by sayin great site to all involved! I'm looking to upgrade from an outdated system. Mainly its used for surfing playing a few games including The Witcher Series, WoW, Diablo 3, and some use of Photoshop CS 2 and 5. All with medium settings. This is what I'm upgrading from: HP Pavilion Media Center a1410n Desktop PC From that base setup I have upgraded the cpu to an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 2.2GHz Socket 939 Dual-Core Processor which is as much as this old girl could handle on the stock mobo. After that I added a SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 connected to an Acer H243Hbmid 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor. Its been a very reliable system. This is going to be my first home build. I would like to keep it cheap and try to use the video card in my new set up if possible. Its a bit better than the on board graphics. I've found this deal which I would like everyones opinion on as a base running Windows 7:

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AMD 760 AM3+ Motherboard and Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM and Diablotek CPA-9611B ATX Mid-Tower Case and Ult Bundle

AMD HDZ965FBK4DGM Phenom II X4 965 Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 2MB L2 Cache, 3.40GHz, Socket AM3, 125W, No Fan, OEM

WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB Desktop Hard Drive - 3.5", SATA, 7200RPM, 16MB Cache

Cooler Master V8 CPU Fan - Socket 1366/775/AM2/AM2+,1156, AM3 120mm Fan, Modular Aluminum Fins


Over clocking has never been an option of mine. I might though as this build becomes outdated before an upgrade. I'm trying to upgrade as much as possible as cheeply as I can. I'm planing on buying by the end of the month to catch the rebate deal on the mobo combo. Would it be possible to get more bang for my buck than this set up including the OS cost? Also, is there anything I forgot?

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January 11, 2013 12:11:10 PM

This system will still game but is already kinda outdated. Did you also need a PSU? Using your old video card might give you disappointing results. Games now a days are very GPU dependent. Here is a new up to date build which is a bit over budget, but it does at least leave you with some options..

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/x1sk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/x1sk/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/x1sk/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($183.43 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($47.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $539.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 09:10 EST-0500)

you would have to add another $90 for windows 7 as well.
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January 11, 2013 2:28:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.99 @ Mac Mall)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $503.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 11:27 EST-0500)

Changed some things from the build above and added a DVD drive. This will get you high settings in modern games at 1080p.
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January 11, 2013 7:55:59 PM

Thanks for the responses! They both look like great deals. I'm looking to keep this as cheap as possible. Not to concerned about the system being up to date. Just need it to run better than the HP Pavilion I'm currently on with too much video card for the cpu. The MoBo combo comes with a PSU. With whats listed in the OP add on 100 bucks for win 7 and a dvd burner listed from above that'll be a price tag of about $310 after rebates. I'm kinda happy with that number. Any suggestions on a Video card upgrade that wont be bottle necking the cpu for around 90 buck?
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January 11, 2013 8:43:21 PM

The PSU in the combo is complete crap and will fail WELL below the posted wattage. ONLY get a PSU from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.
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January 11, 2013 9:16:32 PM

As much as I would like to go with an Intel, this about all you are going to get for ~$500 with an OS. You said you would like to overclock a bit, so AMD is the way to go for your budget. Those i3's don't overclock well at all. I have a Phenom 925 and have it OC'd to 3.5GHz (up from 2.8) and it performs decent. You can OC the 7770 GHz GPU to get close to 7850 1GB specs. Don't worry about bottlenecking, it only happens with really high-end cards or really low-end CPUs. Anyway, shape, or form, this will be a big step up from your HP. (and the quad core will help out with photoshop)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($106.97 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.75 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $536.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 18:09 EST-0500)
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January 13, 2013 1:53:40 PM

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