1. Post #1
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    Pelf's Avatar
    September 2007
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    I need to upgrade my computer since the one I have right now is really out of date. I don't have much money though so I'm going to be reusing as many parts as I can. I don't know a whole lot about computer parts except processors which I have a basic understanding of so that's why I need your help.

    Budget: $475-$500

    Games I Want to Play: Battlefield 3 + Portal 2 when they come out, Natural Selection 2, possibly Homefront, and other games

    Native Resolution of Monitor: 1440 x 900

    Things I Can Reuse: HDD, Optical drive, OS

    Things I Need:
    [list]Processor: preferably quad-core and/or Sandy Bridge[*]Motherboard[*]Graphics Card[*]Power Supply[*]RAM[/list]
    Extras I Want/Need: None

    Where I Live: NJ, USA

    I've already picked out this case. It won't be payed for using the budget stated above. I already have money set aside for it as it's the only thing I'm pretty set on getting, unless you guys think otherwise.

    If I missed a necessary part or if I left out important information, just let me know.

  2. Post #2
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    reapaninja's Avatar
    November 2008
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...0one%20hundred is pretty much an updated 300 with an interior that doesn't suck nearly as much
    or there's the HAF 912 which is better than both

  3. Post #3
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    What RAM is it? You can't use a DDR3 mobo, with DDR2 RAM.
    An Athlon II X4(Maybe a phenom?)/GTX 460(This with the rebate) with a CF/SLI motherboard, would work nicely.

  4. Post #4
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    I have 2x 1gb DDR2 RAM sticks and 2x other 512mb RAM sticks that don't say. Should I invest in DDR3 RAM sticks?

  5. Post #5
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    November 2008
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    snip remaking

    Edited:

    oh DDR2, you'll need RAM then hold on

    Edited:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103871 Athlon II X4 640
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813130235R MSI SLi compatiable motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144478 4GB RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127519 GTX 460 768MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371021 Antec 650W PSU

    about $445, again as an upgrade you can stick in a second 460 768MB in the future
    I didn't want to use an open box mobo but without it I can't get any sort of upgradability now that AM3 is dead

  6. Post #6
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    September 2007
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    I managed to pull in another $50. The budget range is now $475-$500.

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    JohnEdwards's Avatar
    July 2007
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    give me a second, imma make something

    Edited:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171031
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231310
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103808
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.608642
    500.95
    use this promo code for 10 dollars off HARDOCPX316A
    955 x4 3.2ghz, 4gb ddr3 133mhz, 6950, 770 ATX mobo, 500w psu
    it also comes with a 10 gift card

    total after, 480 worth it IMO

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  11. Post #11
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    reapaninja's Avatar
    November 2008
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    that coolermaster PSU is pretty bad
    and the second PSU you found doesn't output as much on the 12V rail as the truepower

  12. Post #12
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    Pelf's Avatar
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    that coolermaster PSU is pretty bad
    and the second PSU you found doesn't output as much on the 12V rail as the truepower
    Yeah, I didn't look into it much. I'll try and find another.

  13. Post #13
    JohnEdwards's Avatar
    July 2007
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    I have that psu(550w verison) running an x6 1055t, 16gb ram, 3 hdd's and a 6950 2gb no complaints

  14. Post #14
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    reapaninja's Avatar
    November 2008
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    I have that psu(550w verison) running an x6 1055t, 16gb ram, 3 hdd's and a 6950 2gb no complaints
    different OEM, and it's still pretty bad
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Power-Plus-550-W-Power-Supply-Review/969/9 posted:
    Although some can see Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 550 W as an option if you are not going to pull 550 W from it, we can't recommend this unit, as it burns if you try to pull its rated wattage. Its main technical problem is efficiency, between 73.2% and 77.5%, which would prevent us from recommending this unit even if it could deliver its labeled power.

    But there is another problem: pricing. Costing USD 65 it is simply too expensive for what it is. For the same price you can buy an OCZ StealthXStream 500 W, which provides higher efficiency.

    You see, this unit is a renamed Seventeam ST-500BAZ, a 500 W power supply that has already been discontinued by the manufacturer - no wonder it couldn't deliver its labeled power.

  15. Post #15
    JohnEdwards's Avatar
    July 2007
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    you can try this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817152035 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182076

    Edited:

    different OEM, and it's still pretty bad
    I use these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171046 on most of my customer computers, no complaints

    The build I posting has a 6950 on it so I think it is fair to say you will get a better overall performance boost
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/162?vs=156

  16. Post #16
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    reapaninja's Avatar
    November 2008
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    he needs a PSU not an IED

  17. Post #17
    JohnEdwards's Avatar
    July 2007
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    he needs a PSU not an IED
    Say what you must but I have never had a problem with any coolermaster psu's

  18. Post #18
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    reapaninja's Avatar
    November 2008
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    there are people who have never had a problem with logisys, that doesn't stop them being utter shit

  19. Post #19
    JohnEdwards's Avatar
    July 2007
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    there are people who have never had a problem with logisys, that doesn't stop them being utter shit
    Good point,


    OP get this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130290
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139018
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231394
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.593507

    Tag on the promo code HARDOCPX316A for 10 off

    comes to 490

    Even though sandy bridge is good, I won't deny it beats amd, but you will have a much stronger gpu in this build making up for it, and with AM3 boards you can have upgradability to the bulldozers which are rumored much faster than the sandy bridge.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=315

  20. Post #20
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    reapaninja's Avatar
    November 2008
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    AM3 boards aren't compatible with AM3+ CPUs though, and I don't think anything else is coming out for AM3 (other than maybe another pointless clock and price bump) so it's a dead socket
    yet more of AMD's "simple" compatibility

  21. Post #21
    JohnEdwards's Avatar
    July 2007
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    AM3 boards aren't compatible with AM3+ CPUs though, and I don't think anything else is coming out for AM3 (other than maybe another pointless clock and price bump) so it's a dead socket
    yet more of AMD's "simple" compatibility
    http://www.google.com/#q=AM3+boards+...795a488bdd48a0

    I know asus is giving bios updates to make sure am3 will take am3+ cpu's I don't see why others won't do the same