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Need advice for my computer

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January 24, 2013 12:54:01 AM

Hey guys,

I currently have this :

Microsoft Windows XP Service pack 2
Pentium R Dual-Core CPU E5200 @ 2.50 GHz
Biostar G41D3C
3gb of ram
Nvidia Geforce 9500 GT (very old i know, but hey, it can run arma 2 (Dayz) not amazingly, but it can still run it :p 
550 Wat psu (dont worry this is brand new, dont need a new one.

Would it be worth upgrading the Ram,Gfx card and putting win 7 on it?
Or should i just get a new computer?

I will mainly be using this for making games, using unity 3d and blender etc
I will be playing games, so a decent gfx card would be nice, very smooth on very low graphics.

I dont have a set price exactly, but can you recommend some parts for the cheapest that you can which would do what i need it to do? :]

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January 24, 2013 1:28:41 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.08 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $669.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 22:28 EST-0500)
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January 24, 2013 1:38:13 AM

in case you prefer intel CPU :)  i5 and 7870 cant be wrong choice. best value/performance

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $652.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 22:37 EST-0500)
January 24, 2013 8:21:39 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the replies,

e_X, taking away the OS, yours comes in at the cheapest for £366.94

Johnson, thanks for the reply, but honestly i dont have a clue what half of the things in that link mean lol

AMD Radeon, yours comes in at "413.37, it is that bit dearer, but would it perform better? or since im not looking to spend much, should i go with e_X choice?

Thanks again for the replies
January 24, 2013 9:19:18 PM

The link pits the Core 2 Duo E6400 against modern processors so I thought it might help you determine whether to just upgrade the graphics card or more. I'm not sure how you got those systems at those prices but I'm assuming you didn't include the hard drive, case, OS and power supply (I hope yours is of good quality). You can get a H77 motherboard with AMD Radeon build to save money. Both the HD 7870 and GTX 660 will perform better than the HD 7850 if you don't mind spending more for it. As for Intel or AMD that choice is yours.
January 24, 2013 9:23:20 PM

I got the prices because i live in the uk, and converted them lol

So i could choose say, e_X's build but change the graphics card to a 7870 or a 660?

And atm, i dont really mind between intel or amd, as long as it does what i need it to do, when i have more money built up ill worry about which one to choose.

Thanks for the reply
January 24, 2013 9:29:08 PM

I looked up the prices from UK sites and they are much higher than simply converting the currency. Yes you can include either the HD 7870 or GTX 660 with e_X's build since you have a new 550W PSU. Keep in mind that you won't be able to overclock the i5-3470 and thus you don't need an aftermarket cooler.
January 24, 2013 9:31:14 PM

How much does it work out too though? i cant do it atm, im on my phone, on break from work lol

And yea thats fine, i wasent planning on overlocking atm
January 24, 2013 9:34:08 PM

I've only looked at AMD Radeon's build and I think it was about £460-470 for the CPU, motherboard, RAM, and OS which includes a cheaper H77 motherboard and RAM.
January 24, 2013 9:35:25 PM

Fair enough, which would you choose personally?
January 24, 2013 9:40:09 PM

Me? I'm impartial but I would choose Intel. But then everyone has different needs and preferences of course. Either build will serve you well.
January 24, 2013 9:42:11 PM

Hmm, sure ill have a think etc, before i make a decision, thanks for your help :]
January 24, 2013 9:44:04 PM

Yes you should take some time to think after doing some research to make your decision and you're welcome.