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August 5, 2013 9:38:22 PM

So I am looking to upgrade my current system. I really don't have a budget to work with, but I would love to keep it in the lower to mid range. I understand I might need to make a few major changes. I would like to upgrade this system. However, I want to put in about $500-600 max. Would I be better off upgrading, or just buying a new desktop and transferring my graphics card and power supply to the new system? Any advice is welcome thanks!

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Games I mainly play:
- Starcraft 2
- League of Legends
- mmorpgs
- Random games on steam


ASUS Desktop PC CM1740 is the model I originally bought.

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit

Processor
AMD® FM1 Processor
Chipset
AMD A75

Graphic
GeForce GTX 550ti

Memory
8.00 GB (expandable to 16GB)

SATA
6 x SATA 6Gb/s

Storage
Up to 4TB SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM)

Optical Drive
Tray-in Supermulti DVD RW 16X /24X
Blu-Ray Disc Combo
LAN
10/100/1000 Mbps

Audio
High Definition 8 Channel Audio

Front I/O Ports
1 x 6 -in-1 Card Reader
1 x Headphone
1 x Microphone
2 x USB 2.0

Back I/O Ports
2 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
1 x PS/2(Keyboard/Mouse)
1 x DVI-D
1 x HDMI-Out
1 x VGA(D-Sub)-Out
1 x RJ45 LAN
1 x 8 Channel Audio
1 x S/PDIF out(Audio jack)

Card Reader
6 -in-1: SD/ SDHC/ MS/ MS Pro/ xD/ MMC

Power Supply
Antec 650W
a c 476 4 Gaming
a c 653 Ĉ ASUS
a b $ Windows 7
August 5, 2013 10:39:36 PM

For gaming would look to an AM3+ mobo and maybe a 8350 or 8320 CPU if stuck on AMD, else best increase maybe a 3570K and decent Z77 mobo - that would be your best bet, be happy to expand if wanted
August 5, 2013 10:50:22 PM

I am not stuck on AMD at all, it was just priced right when I originally bought the system. I would gladly go to intel, I am rather new at the whole building, adjusting, and adding of parts. However, I do understand what the parts are! I am just trying to educate myself as I go lol

What is considered "good" when looking for a Z77 mobo? Also, is it still best to go for an i5 over an i7 for gaming, from my reading because of the Hyper Threading in the i7 isn't taken advantage of. I mean I am on a budget, but I don't want to be out dated in a year.
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August 5, 2013 10:55:41 PM

i5 is planty for gaming and most everything unless you need Hyper-Threading, lot's of good mobo's out there, might look at the Asus P8Z77-V LK, good mobo, OC's well, runs cool, could add a second GPU, takes up to 2400 DRAM....
a c 476 4 Gaming
a c 653 Ĉ ASUS
a b $ Windows 7
August 6, 2013 6:23:26 PM

Sorry, not good ones, no, wouldn't touch BioStar, for a mobo stick with Asus, the Rock or GigaByte
August 6, 2013 7:03:03 PM

nevermind found a thread
August 6, 2013 7:51:34 PM

Okay, so I have decided on the 3570k ivy bridge. Do you have any suggestions on the mobo? I am looking for a good one, but at a decent price.
August 6, 2013 7:51:35 PM

Okay, so I have decided on the 3570k ivy bridge. Do you have any suggestions on the mobo? I am looking for a good one, but at a decent price.
a c 476 4 Gaming
a c 653 Ĉ ASUS
a b $ Windows 7
August 6, 2013 7:56:33 PM

budget? The ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 is considered one of the best available, about $140
August 6, 2013 8:10:56 PM

Trying to keep it in between 100-150 range. I am also going to be buying 2 4gb sticks of ram, and a SSD. So I am trying to keep it at the mid range for mobos. However, I don't want to go cheap and be disappointed
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