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Upgrading some system, Budget build idea?

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January 28, 2013 2:24:09 AM

Upgrading a friend PC and he's got a $500 budget, he needs a Case, Mobo, CPU, GPU, PSU.

CPU: Intel Core i3 3220

Mobo: ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155

GPU: HIS Radeon HD 7850 1GB

PSU: Rosewill HIVE Series 550W

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912

Comes out to abou $490 and this is mainly going to be for gaming, he plays WoW currently and would like to move on to higher quality games. Not sure if this matter but he plays on a 40" TV..

Also if anybody know's of any other good places to shop for PC parts i'd like to know for future references, I usually stick to Newegg and Tigerdirect..

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2013 3:10:07 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $463.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 00:09 EST-0500)

Stuck a gtx660 in there for you.
January 28, 2013 3:17:01 AM

The i3 probably isn't worth the $180 what chipset and cpu does he currently have?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 28, 2013 3:21:51 AM

The i3 only costs $120
January 28, 2013 3:41:35 AM

You can also check out They compare all major retailers prices and there's no sign up :D  You should be able to find the deal your looking for there. Good luck! BTW if you live in Canada NCIX usually has good deals on most components plus there's no international shipping involved then.