2 Gaming PCs - New Build & Existing Build ($400-$600)

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 400-600 After Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: GPU - if it's better to just keep current PC for myself

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, or other trusted sites

Location: Tyler, Texas, USA

Parts Preferences: Reliable

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
Both PCs - Games: MMORPGs (WoW, GW2, potentially The Elder Scrolls Online)
My PC - Games: Potentially some of the new FPS games, LoL
Medium/High settings
Playable FPS

Why Are You Upgrading:
I'm needing to build a second gaming PC for my GF to play MMORPGs together. I have been debating about making a budget build for her using my current GPU and 8G of my RAM and upgrading my GPU or just making a new build for me. If I could get some input on each of these options that would help out a lot. Thoughts on overclocking are welcome too.

Current PC (Bought from CyberPowerPC Dec 2011)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($143.23 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Intel 320 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($177.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card
Case: Inwin Dragon Rider White ATX Full Tower Case
PSU: Xtremegear 800 WATT
CPU Cooler: ASETEK 510LC 120MM WATERCOOLER

Others: BLACK LITE-ON 24X DVDRW & 12-IN-ONE INTERNAL CARD READER
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.98 @ OutletPC)
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  1. please fill out the format in the sticky thread. It makes it easier for us.
  2. woltej1 said:
    please fill out the format in the sticky thread. It makes it easier for us.


    I've updated it....let me know if this helps.
  3. Alright, so the xtremegear psus are pretty bad from the review I have seen so you will probably want to replace it but that is up to you.

    You also may want to update your cpu to an fx-8320 but i don't think the phenom will pose too many problems yet.

    This is what I would do:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($73.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $543.96
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-11 11:52 EDT-0400)

    Edit: woops did not read properly and thought you were just upgrading the one gaming pc
  4. Your processor wont create a large bottleneck but it's not best either.
    An FX 8350 will do you good. It costs around 200 dollars.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113284

    Other than that a 770 is within your price range but considering the games you're playing its definitely an overkill.
    You can buy that or it's smaller brother a GTX 760. A GTX 770 costs around 370 dollars.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130921

    All else is good to go. Although I'm not sure about the power supply. A branded will always beat an unbranded with high wattage and your PSU's no good according to me.
  5. Rohan Rathi said:
    Your processor wont create a large bottleneck but it's not best either.
    An FX 8350 will do you good. It costs around 200 dollars.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113284

    Other than that a 770 is within your price range but considering the games you're playing its definitely an overkill.
    You can buy that or it's smaller brother a GTX 760. A GTX 770 costs around 370 dollars.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130921

    All else is good to go. Although I'm not sure about the power supply. A branded will always beat an unbranded with high wattage and your PSU's no good according to me.


    Needing 2 PCs sorry for confusion. Ya I've read the bad reviews about my current PSU, though hasn't given me problems just yet as I haven't overclocked anything.
  6. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3pX3Q
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3pX3Q/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3pX3Q/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI H87M-E35 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($78.79 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $488.73
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-11 12:06 EDT-0400)
  7. This is what I would do for the budget build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
    Memory: Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.74 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $518.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-11 12:14 EDT-0400)

    550w psu in case you want to upgrade the gpu in the future.

    Also, the gtx 750 ti would be an upgrade for you also, so you could take the 750 ti and give the GF your 6870

    Another option would be to spend $100 more and get a gtx 760, stick that into your system and give the GF your 6870 (the gtx 760 is really sweet and can run almost any game at ultra settings, with the rest running at high)
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