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January 14, 2013 10:27:19 PM

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...

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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January 14, 2013 10:36:15 PM

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.)
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January 14, 2013 10:44:59 PM

Do not buy that Zalman monitor.
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January 14, 2013 10:47:05 PM

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
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January 14, 2013 10:49:22 PM

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.
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January 14, 2013 11:37:31 PM

Best answer selected by bootsdibeer.
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January 14, 2013 11:42:59 PM

Don't go with the FX-4100, get the FX-4300 or the X4 965 BE, the FX-4100 is not a good cpu.
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January 14, 2013 11:53:49 PM

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.
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January 14, 2013 11:54:47 PM

Good luck with your build.
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