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September 8, 2013 2:28:37 AM

MSI R4850-512M OC Radeon HD 4850 512MB
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX
hec HP585D RETAIL 585W ATX12V Power Supply
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz--4th core unlocked
OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s

would 4 more megs of ram and a radeon 6970 be a big improvement? or
for a new build i play civilization v often with its long load and save times between turns. would a ssd be a good idea? should i just wait until i find a game i can't play and get a new system?

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September 8, 2013 2:56:07 AM

Unless 90% of your everyday usage is unsatisfying it's time to change things, but if generally you're okay, i don't see why you need new pc.
September 8, 2013 3:29:04 AM

Ur motherboard will support till 16gb DDR3 RAM. It depends upon ur gaming or ur software what all system requirements are needed to play for that. In my suggestion ssd will not be needed. coz u have alot what all are required to ur gaming in ur motherboard. U can upgrade ur graphic 2 gb more if required. In this case u can go to the game site and check the system requirements.
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September 8, 2013 5:01:54 AM

Depends on how much money you have to spend.

Also it is better to invest in new parts rather than upgrading old parts.

You can always reuse the Case, PSU and HDD. All you need is a new CPU, Motherboard and GPU. This is basically all you need for upgrade.

So what is your budget for upgrade. Can I know that? I would plan a good upgrade for you.
September 8, 2013 5:17:06 AM

thanks for the replies. i checked the system requirements for x:3 rebirth releasing in november and was shocked to see my system won't run it although with overclocking it probably just makes it. its time for a new pc.
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September 8, 2013 5:38:24 AM

So what is your budget? Can we know the budget and we will plan a build for your specific needs.

Hence answer these questions :

1. What is your budget?
2. Should I include OS and Monitor in the budget?
3. Do you overclock? (I guess, you do.. since you unlocked the 4th core, LOL )
4. Do you live in USA?
September 8, 2013 5:55:21 AM

Sangeet Khatri
So what is your budget for upgrade. Can I know that? I would plan a good upgrade for you.

money really isn't a problem. i'm cheap-not poor. i'll probably replace the really old pc i have in my MAME arcade cabinet with this so i can play chd roms. i have a Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s. is it ok for the c: drive if i don't go ssd? let's say $600-1000. i'm more interested in value for my money then getting to a certain benchmark speed right now. i'll probably wait untill the first of november to buy unless something great is available now or prices are predicted to go up.
September 8, 2013 8:54:45 AM

Sangeet Khatri
1. What is your budget?
2. Should I include OS and Monitor in the budget?
3. Do you overclock? (I guess, you do.. since you unlocked the 4th core, LOL )
4. Do you live in USA?

your $600 and $700 builds are interesting. i am color blind and play turn based strategy and adventure games and probably the only person that says as long as it gets 30-35 frames per second i'm happy. a jaw dropping shooter doesn't look much better then a piece of crap one to me.
i have a spare win7 home premium and am satisfied with my 21 inch monitor
i'm in the usa
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September 8, 2013 9:19:00 AM

Okay so with a budget like that you can easily replace your HEC PSU too. HEC PSU is quite hard to trust and it is even harder to trust when it is 4 year old.

Well.. I would say get a new case, your budget easily allows that.

Yes, that HDD should be way more than enough and it is no problem if you do not go for SSD. The WD Caviar Black is very fast. Not as fast as SSD (of course), but still faster than any other HDD. So keep it.


Anyways here are my recommendations :

--> If you want the best value.

+ 8320 highly overclockable
+ 990FX board to support the 8320's overclocking potential
+ CM Seldion 240M to support the 8320's overclocking potential
+ Very High Quality OCZ PSU
+ Voltage Unlocked 7950 for excellent overclocking (if you manage to get proper cooling by the optional fans on the side panel.)
+ 300R is a beast case for a budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 240M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($180.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $709.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-08 12:16 EDT-0400)

So, this is what I would call the most value build. It is mostly based on overclocking and stuff but this is what AMD is all about. You want to get the best performance overclock the hell out of cheap stuff. (7950, 8320), etc.

Really, it offers the best value according to me.
September 8, 2013 11:01:00 AM

i like the build Sangett. build it-overclock it- and maybe upgrade the videocard once before the rig is old. thanks for your time. i did a bit of a stink eye at first about spending $80 for a cpu cooler until i looked up how oc'ing it is.
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