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Optimizing my $400 budget upgrade

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January 14, 2013 11:41:33 PM

Hi,
This is my first time upgrading/building a PC; I've laid out my planned build here. I want to make sure there are no conflicts, and that I've made the best choices for hardware possible. If you see any problems or something that can be improved (I went a little over budget), please let me know. Likewise, if everything checks out, also let me know.
Thanks. :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few days
Budget Range: Around $400 total
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Case, Graphics Card, PSU, Mobo
Do you need to buy OS: No (hopefully)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon (any other reputable site works too)
Location: New Jersey, United States
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU (reusing)
Overclocking: Maybe (video card only)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Why Are You Upgrading: I bought a pre-built PC about 2 years ago with no intention of gaming. That's changed, so I have to almost completely replace it. I'd like to play modern games on med-high settings (especially heavy modded versions of games like Fallout: 3/NV, Skyrim, Dragon Age, etc.).


My Build:
CPU: i5 2500@3.3Ghz (reusing)
Motherboard: ASUS P8B75-V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Generic 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3@1333Mhz (reusing)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA 7200 RPM Hybrid HDD (reusing)
Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Generic DVD+/-RW (reusing)
Sub-total: $444.96
January 14, 2013 11:52:38 PM

What motherboard were you using with the 2500 before?
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January 15, 2013 12:00:22 AM

I'm not even sure of the brand/model (pre-built PC). I know it's unusable for my current build though. It has only 1 PCIe x16 slot with no external power connectors and it was limited to something absurd like 30 watts.
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January 15, 2013 12:04:04 AM

Ok well i was going to say use your original motherboard but i see that is an issue so from just that it looks like it is going to be a good build for reasonable money
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January 15, 2013 12:41:08 AM

It looks like I might be able to shave some money off on the motherboard, possibly by switching to a smaller form factor. Not sure if that would be a good idea or not.
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January 15, 2013 12:48:15 AM

johns414 said:
I'm not even sure of the brand/model (pre-built PC). I know it's unusable for my current build though. It has only 1 PCIe x16 slot with no external power connectors and it was limited to something absurd like 30 watts.

as others have said, why not use your previous motherboard? 1 pcie x16 slot is fine, the external power comes from the psu, not the motherboard.
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January 15, 2013 1:05:29 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
as others have said, why not use your previous motherboard? 1 pcie x16 slot is fine, the external power comes from the psu, not the motherboard.


Because the PCIex16 slot its self is limited to 35W maximum, which means I'm stuck with a HD 6450 tops with that motherboard. :(  I found the documentation for my current system; it's on page 19 under system expansion slots.
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January 15, 2013 1:47:37 AM

A gaming PC should have a Graphics card twice as expensive as its processor.
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January 15, 2013 2:41:48 AM

MasterMace said:
A gaming PC should have a Graphics card twice as expensive as its processor.


You're probably right. This is kinda pushing it for me, but I can swap the 7870 out for a 7950 to get closer to meeting that goal. This brings me up to a $500 budget.
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January 15, 2013 4:01:14 AM

MasterMace said:
A gaming PC should have a Graphics card twice as expensive as its processor.


Cool story bro.
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