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#1 Kuro_Neko

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 08:49 PM

I'm not a complete neophyte when it comes to upgrading computers, but I haven't really be following the latest advances so I'm a bit out of touch.  My father has asked me to do up a parts list to upgrade his computer.  Budget is $1200. 

 

Current PC:

Intel Core i3-2100 3100 MHz processor

Gigabyte H61M-DS2H motherboard

4GB of Kingston DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) ram

1TB Western Digital harddrive

Nvidia GeForce GT 610 1gb video card

Not sure of the power supply right now, nothing special though

 

Thoughts on upgrading from some online research (some rough prices quickly grabbed off of amazon as a guide):

Processor possiblities
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Intel Core i5-4690K Processor (6M Cache, upto 3.9 GHz) FC-LGA12C - $290
AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition - $129


Motherboard possiblities
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ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 (Intel Core i5-4690K Processor) - $180
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ AMD DDR3 1333 760G (AMD FX-6300) - $82


Video Card possiblities
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eVGA eVGA GeForce GTX 970 ACX 2.0 4GB GDDR5 256bit - $463
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0 Plus 2GB GDDR5 128bit - $273


Ram possiblities
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Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) - $166
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) - $94


Hard drive possiblities
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Samsung 850 Pro Internal SSD, 2.5-Inch, 256GB SATA III - $198
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD - $149
Samsung 850 Pro Internal SSD, 2.5-Inch, 128GB SATA III - $125
Samsung 850 EVO 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD - $95


Power supply possiblities
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Corsair RM Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply - $155
EVGA Supernova 650G1 650W Atx12V Power Supply - $100
Evga 600B 80 Plus Bronze Certified Atx12V/Eps12V Active Pfc 600-watt Power Supply - $80


Cooling (optional, may not fit)
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Cpu Cooler with 120mm Pwm Fan (for Intel Core i5-4690K Processor) - $42
 

 

Some basic combos are below.  I figure I can afford to get the basics and a good power supply plus either the best motherboard and processor or the best video card and more ram.  The latter would probably give me a more noticable performance boost but the former is much harder to upgrade down the road.

 

Basic
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AMD FX-6300 - 129
Gigabyte MB - 82
GeForce GTX 960 - 273
8GB ram - 94
850 EVO 250gb ssd - 149
650W PS - 100
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827

Best processor/motherboard/power supply
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Intel Core i5-4690K Processor - 290
ASUS Z97-A  - 180
GeForce GTX 960 - 273
8GB ram - 92
850 EVO 250gb ssd - 149
750W PS - 155
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1139

Basic + best video card/ram/power supply
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AMD FX-6300 - 129
Gigabyte MB - 82
GeForce GTX 970 - 463
16gb ram - 166
850 EVO 250gb ssd - 149
750W PS - 155
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1144

 

Any comments on my combinations or suggestions of new ones, or suggestions of alternate parts would be greatly appreciated.  The budget my father has avaliable will disappear really soon so sooner is better then later for responses.  Thanks.

 



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Posted 19 March 2015 - 10:03 PM

So I put this system together for you at pcpartspicker.com coming in at just over a grand so you can still buy the cooler you want.



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Posted 20 March 2015 - 12:42 AM



I'm not a complete neophyte when it comes to upgrading computers, but I haven't really be following the latest advances so I'm a bit out of touch.  My father has asked me to do up a parts list to upgrade his computer.  Budget is $1200. 

 

** Rest of post deleted for brevity **

 

Any comments on my combinations or suggestions of new ones, or suggestions of alternate parts would be greatly appreciated.  The budget my father has avaliable will disappear really soon so sooner is better then later for responses.  Thanks.

 

 

Hello Kuro,

 

Here is my recommended computer build based on the budget amount you provided.

 

It is just over $1,000 and gives you a bit of flexibility if you want to add or change something the the list.

 

 
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($324.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($114.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  ($329.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($74.99 @ NCIX US) 
Total: $1068.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-20 01:40 EDT-0400


#4 Kuro_Neko

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 10:53 AM

I forgot to mention, my budget is in Canadian dollars so 1200 CAD = 953 USD. Thanks for the responses so far.



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Posted 20 March 2015 - 08:22 PM



I forgot to mention, my budget is in Canadian dollars so 1200 CAD = 953 USD. Thanks for the responses so far.

 

Kuro,

 

Ok, I have updated my suggested computer build based on Canadian dollars.

 

I only made 2 changes... used a different processor and a different video card. All of the rest of the components are the same as the previous build.

 

 
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($149.99 @ NCIX) 
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card  ($217.40 @ DirectCanada) 
Total: $1036.70
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-20 21:20 EDT-0400


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 09:50 PM

Thank you for the advice.  I have what I need and no further replies are necessary.  Cheers.






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