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Upgrading PC for the first time, need advice!

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November 27, 2013 9:39:53 PM

I have never upgraded a PC before. I would like to upgrade my PC so that I can run some of the newer games like Battlefield 4, preferrably on max settings if possible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I dont know much about computers which is why I came here to ask for your opinions. I dont really want to spend more than $600 unless I really have too.

This is my current PC spec:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz Motherboard: Asus P5Q Turbo Memory 2GB Ram Storage:Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB (I think) Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT Optical Drive: Asus DRW-2014L1T ATA Device Operating System: Windows 7 Enterprise (32 bit)

Thanks.

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November 27, 2013 9:51:20 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2a9ag
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2a9ag/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2a9ag/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus A88XM-A Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($83.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $551.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-28 00:51 EST-0500)
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November 27, 2013 9:51:39 PM

use the cd-rom and hard drive from the old pc.
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November 27, 2013 9:53:42 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2a9eI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2a9eI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2a9eI/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus H81M-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $562.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-28 00:53 EST-0500)
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November 27, 2013 10:17:34 PM

Thanks alot, I appreciate it. So this build would be optimal for newer games?
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November 27, 2013 10:39:32 PM

it be faster then your older rig. a better set up would be an i5 4570 locked cpu. the i3 will play games but can bottleneck some of the higher end gpu do to it only have two cores. (amd cpu has four cores but is slower then intel in games). the amd fx-6300 would be on par. myself i would stay with the h81/h87 mb and the i3. if latter you need more cpu power you could drop in a faster cpu when the prices dropped. the other thing is you could use an asus -a mb for 100.00 it give you if you want to run two gpu (sli/crossfire).
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