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Upgrading old machine, on a budget

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January 31, 2013 1:33:58 AM

My favorite time of the year is here. Tax return season. So I think it's time to upgrade my machine. My goal for the new setup is to be able to run dual monitors and stream on twitch tv.
I play games like wow and diablo so I don't need a monster but I want to try elder scroll online and that games seems a little more demanding.
With that in mind I need your help. I'm no tech genius so that's why I'm here, for advice. I'll need a new motherboard, CPU, and possibly a graphics card.
I may even get a small ssd if there is money left.
Right now I have an asus Gtx 460 over clocked version, I'm wondering if I should just get another and sli it or should I buy a better more modern card. Keep in mind I do want to run dual monitor and stream my game play.
Also can you guys tell me what CPU and mother board you think I should get please.
I have a budget of about 350-400 so it's not a lot but I can go over of I really have to and it's worth it. Thanks :) 
January 31, 2013 1:43:38 AM

Forgot I will probably need a new power supply so if you do give me some suggestions let me know roughly how Big a power supply I would need to use
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January 31, 2013 1:55:36 AM

Not sure what you have for a processor now but i made this up around your budget, take a look.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($127.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $402.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 22:55 EST-0500)
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 31, 2013 1:56:43 AM

SLI the two. How big is the current PSU and what brand? I may be interested in it. I would use a good brand (Corsair, Antec, etc.) PSU with 750 watts of power and up.
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January 31, 2013 1:59:37 AM

Right now I have a shitty and triple core at about 3.2 ghz lol. Thanks for the reply ill look into this. Is the graphics card capable of what I want to do? I have always bought nvidia Gtx series cards
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January 31, 2013 2:02:53 AM

TheN00bBuilder said:
SLI the two. How big is the current PSU and what brand? I may be interested in it. I would use a good brand (Corsair, Antec, etc.) PSU with 750 watts of power and up.


So you think that I should buy another as apposed to a new card. If its good enough to stream with I would almost rather do it but I'm not sure.
I'll let you know when I get home what the CPU is. I think it's a 650watt cheap one but I'll let you know
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 31, 2013 2:04:30 AM

Okay, thanks!
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January 31, 2013 4:24:21 AM

its a thermaltake tr2 600w

still looking for some opinions.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 31, 2013 11:06:17 AM

The current power supply is SLI ready. Not sure if you would keep using it or try and sell it or trade it. I'd get something with 750 watts of power just to be safe.
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January 31, 2013 11:30:55 AM

tenaciousk said:
Not sure what you have for a processor now but i made this up around your budget, take a look.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($127.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $402.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 22:55 EST-0500)

Good picks, but I don't think there's much of a need for a new graphics card just yet. Not for the games b Lurkn's playing. And no need to throw money at a new PSU - that's more than enough power to run any CPU with any single GPU (SLI would leave you with only 1GB VRAM, which is fast becoming not enough for games on Ultra at 1080p.) And don't forget 8GB of DDR3-1600!

An LGA 1155 platform is definitely the best upgrade right now, and if you can afford an i5, go for it. I don't see a need for a new PSU since you don't need to upgrade your GTX 460. My advice would be to wait until the GTX 760 comes out and it's price drops below $200. You'll definitely be fine with your current card for another year.
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January 31, 2013 11:52:04 PM

i foudn some deals on new egg that seemed pretty good. what do you guys think of these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
not sure about biostar..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
i3 not sure if i should just go for the i5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
like the asus motherboards, noticed the pci slots are one at 16x 2 at 8x does that hurt performace when sli?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
another asus package

or should i go AMD again? seem liek you get bang for buck, but i liek the idea of having an intel i series.


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a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2013 1:39:55 AM

My friend has great success with his Biostar motherboards. All of his builds feature one.
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February 1, 2013 1:57:59 AM

okay ill go with the i5 for sure.
i already have 8 gb of ram (2x 4gb ripjaw @1833 or something)

maybe ill go with the biostar combo
or the one jessterman mentioned. i really dont know what to look for in mobos
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