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Upgrade PC - Office - $600 Budget

Hi everyone. I am going to start my own business, and would like to upgrade my pc, or build a new one entirely. I found the thread below very helpful, but many of those prices have changed and I don't know if they would play well with the items I already have:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/370749-31-bestconfigs-based-office

I have listed below that I have a few parts that I upgraded my current PC with in 2008 (power supply, gfx card, dvd drive in 2010). I'm not sure how long gfx cards or power supply last, so if people think I should purchase those new, please let me know. Thank you for your help.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $600 After Rebates; After Shipping (includes monitors and OS)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home Office, Possible light video editing / photoshop

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (2x Needed, ~20 inch each)

Parts to Upgrade:

Processor: NEEDED
Motherboard: NEEDED
RAM: NEEDED
Graphics Card: ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
Graphics Card Fan: Thermaltake CL-G0102 VGA Cooler Note: One of the fans here is noisy. May need to replace one fan or whole unit
Hard Drive: NEEDED
Case: NEEDED
Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Modular
Cooling: NEEDED(for CPU?)
DVD Burner: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner
Monitor: 2x NEEDED (~20 inch each)
OS: NEEDED (Windows 7 or 8)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7 or 8)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon please

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Kansas City, USA

Parts Preferences: AMD (see graphics card)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: See above. I'm on a budget here!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My PC is old and Im starting a business
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  1. Best answer
    Amd :


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $620.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    Intel :


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $580.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  2. Do not buy that Zalman monitor.
  3. Thanks for the reply. Everything should be compatible with my current parts then? I know they are a little dated (2008), so I just wanted to check.

    @Nerd

    Yeah, I was just checking the review on that. I'll probably go with an Acer. More concerned with suggestions for the other parts
  4. The zalman monitor is fine, the acer ones are not any better, if you see the complains no one agree with them, it's led 1080p, what you need.
  5. django, thank you for your help. I am going with the FX-4100 cpu ($30 less), and this Dell monitor (same price, better reviews):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260023

    but everything else you suggested. I had not heard of PC Part Picker, which is an amazing site. Thanks again!
  6. Best answer selected by bootsdibeer.
  7. Don't go with the FX-4100, get the FX-4300 or the X4 965 BE, the FX-4100 is not a good cpu.
  8. djangoringo said:
    Don't go with the FX-4100, get the FX-4300 or the X4 965 BE, the FX-4100 is not a good cpu.


    The X4 965 BE looks good. Looks like it uses a bit more power, but I have some to spare. Thanks for the advice.
  9. Good luck with your build.
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