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Upgrading all my computer (under $1000)

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January 31, 2013 10:17:50 PM

Hi evereyone, i was thinking to build a new computer for gaming (games like skyrim, and other nice graphics, 1080p too), and a little modeling. On a budget Just under 1000. (I got no keyboard, mouse and screen)

I only got this, but i know it's nothing and tooo outdated.
But i thought that i could be progressively upgrading this garbage.

Psu ---- dr-b300 atx 300w
Gpu ---- nvidia geforce fx 5200
Ram - (x2) kingston kvr333x64c25/512
Optical drive - lg gce-8527b
Hard drive - 160 gigabytes

Processor and motherboard i will check in a moment

And i think my case doesn't suck so much, it seems ok. But it doesn't show the model, if you want i can take pictures.

Thank you.


Sorry, i did not see the template. here it goes.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this month (starting, because i will be doing it progressively)

Budget Range: 800-1000 (under 1000)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, 3d modeling

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: everyone if the ones i said doesn't work with my needs

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't know if i can use those websites, im from Mexico

Location: Mexico

Parts Preferences: I don't know the differences between amd and intel (im new)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: a good one with 1920x1080 resolution

Additional Comments: Quiet if possible. Games i'd like to play... Skyrim, Borderlands, Metro 2033 (maybe), Gta iv. And for modeling i would be using autocad, silo 2.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Im upgrading because i want to get into pc gaming.

More about : upgrading computer 1000

February 1, 2013 12:03:07 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1004.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 21:00 EST-0500)

Took a little while but i came up with this for you, If you dont like everything its a least a good start. It is a pretty solid build. I went with AMD so you could get a good processor for less and put that extra money into a stronger graphics card.
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February 1, 2013 2:13:51 AM

I think you'll be better off with this..

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AD0o
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AD0o/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AD0o/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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $993.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 23:12 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2013 5:32:23 AM

Thank you guys.

But i've got some questions

1.- Tenaciousk, why you put 2 storages?? why's there the 120gb one?.

2.- Can i mix those to make it an even cheaper pc? like this i think:



CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)

It would be 905.85

3.- What's the main difference between the two motherboards, because i could be adding that 30 if it's too better the other one.
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February 1, 2013 5:58:09 AM

Your not serious are you MrWebon? mix a 6300 with a LGA1155 mobo? lol
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February 1, 2013 11:27:34 PM

admbautista said:
I think you'll be better off with this..

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AD0o
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AD0o/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AD0o/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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $993.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 23:12 EST-0500)


Well, i've been searching the parts for your build, but here everything i'ts like twice the price...

So, i found everything except the ones that i marked with bold.
The ones that i changed (i don't know if it wil work) are striked,i didn't find the i5-3470 and used the i5-3570k, used the hd7870, and the storage a 1 Tb Seagate Sata 6.0 Gb/s 3.5.

And the problem is that without that 3 parts it's $1010 :sweat: 


:S i think i will need to downgrade something.

PS: can i see substantial difference between the i5-3470 - i5-3570k, and the hd 7950 - hd 7870 ???

thanks!!! :hello: 



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February 4, 2013 1:51:41 AM

The difference of 3570k and 3470 will be the overclocking capability. (k cpu = overclockable) But performance on stock is almost the same. I think .2ghz on stock is the difference but doesn't hurt that much. So I suggest you find a 3470 because its relatively cheaper and will suit your needs if you don't plan to overclock.

7950 is more powerful than 7870 ofcourse. but yes, if you want to save money, 7870 is not bad, it can catchup with 7950 once oced, you can go with it. and will do good at 1080p for now. but yes, 7950 is better bang for your buck.
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February 4, 2013 10:36:33 AM

website ull be ordering from. and parts need.

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February 4, 2013 10:55:13 AM

admbautista said:
I think you'll be better off with this..

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AD0o
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AD0o/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AD0o/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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($134.98 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $993.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 23:12 EST-0500)


Best build within the budget so far from what I can tell.


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February 4, 2013 10:43:50 PM

looks good :) 

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