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700 to 1200 USD Budget - System Upgrade Help

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January 18, 2013 3:11:38 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In Jan or early Feb

Budget Range: 700 to 1200 USD After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the Internet, Coding, Gaming (FIFA, Diablo, Starcraft, Call of Duty, etc.)

Are you buying a monitor: No (Using a Dell U2713HM)

Parts to Upgrade: Not determined

FYI, My current configuration is i5-750 / H55M-E33 / 16G DDR1333 / Radeon HD5750 / 1TB SATA / Seasonic G Series 550W

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com / Amazon.com

Location: Bellevue, WA

Parts Preferences: No preferences. (It might be a bit better to choose an NVidia GPU so I can try CUDA out.)

Overclocking: Not likely.

SLI or Crossfire: Impossible for a 550W PSU.

Your Monitor Resolution: 2560 x 1440

Additional Comments: N/A

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I feel it's time to upgrade, and it seems HD5750 cannot smoothly run Diablo 3 when setting every graphic details to high / ultra, not to mention the latest Call of Duty edition.

More about : 700 1200 usd budget system upgrade

January 18, 2013 3:41:42 AM

I'll go with something like this,

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.00 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $872.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 00:40 EST-0500)

1. I tried to go budget wise as much as possible but still hitting your requirements.
2. If you are willing to spend more, you can add an ssd, You can also change the cpu to 3570 but that would cost you some money with minimal performance gain, minimal to closely none.
3. You can change the gpu to 7950 if you want. But I went 7970 since your budget range has a large gap.
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January 18, 2013 3:42:27 AM

changed the mechant to newegg..

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $941.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 00:41 EST-0500)
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January 18, 2013 9:17:40 PM

This pushes your budget, but is well worth it. Drop the ssd if you cant afford it.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1071.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 18:16 EST-0500)
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January 19, 2013 2:35:19 PM

If you really want to spend Money on your build, and get a great bang for your buck. Get this beast:

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($127.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial V4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($163.17 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.88 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1100.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 11:33 EST-0500)
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January 19, 2013 2:37:03 PM

camohanna said:
This pushes your budget, but is well worth it. Drop the ssd if you cant afford it.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1071.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-18 18:16 EST-0500)


He isn't planning to overclocked, so no point in getting 3570k and a CPU cooler.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 20, 2013 7:39:00 PM

Non, overclocking.
Unknown, your build is wasting money, who really needs 250GB ssd and 16bg ram on a gaming computer.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yDDM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yDDM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yDDM/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $961.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 16:38 EST-0500)
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January 20, 2013 8:06:53 PM

CUDA is bullshit marketing get a 7970 min wattage is 500w psu
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January 20, 2013 8:26:09 PM

camohanna said:
Non, overclocking.
Unknown, your build is wasting money, who really needs 250GB ssd and 16bg ram on a gaming computer.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yDDM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yDDM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yDDM/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $961.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 16:38 EST-0500)


It really isn't. If it makes the system even better, why wouldn't you.. And who said he won't do any editing work? Also, it's under his bugdet so he can afford it. It is not a waste of money at all, and even it was, he's already spending so much so why not?
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