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I have a budget gaming rig I would like to upgrade.
The upgrades include a new case, PSU, and CPU cooler.
Hardware will be upgraded when Ivy Bridge and Kepler release (funds already acquired)
I'm a bit lost for parts though.
The case needs to be mATX (limited room ATM; I don't need a monstrously large case anyway).
Any ideas?

Current Build:

MoBo: Biostar A780L3B
CPU: Athlon II X4 630 @ stock
Cooler: Stock
GPU: HD 6770 (out of PC due to insuffiecient power/crappy PSU)
HDD: Seagate 750GB
Case: Some generic case
PSU: Old OEM 250W
ODD: Samsung Optical Drive
RAM: Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) @ 1333MHz
Edited by AbdullahG - 2/23/12 at 11:49pm
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post #2 of 21
Don't even know your current build to help you thumb.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Degree View Post

Don't even know your current build to help you thumb.gif

Will edit soon.
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post #5 of 21
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Edited by Fatalrip - 2/23/12 at 11:31pm
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post #7 of 21
mATX p67 board and Pentium G620 or similar would be the way to go. Spend any spare budget on getting the best board you can, not on the chip, which will only be a stopgap measure. The G620 will pretty much equal, or beat, a PhenomII x4 at nearly 4Ghz.

Let's have a go here. You'll need to go for a PSU upgrade possibly when you get Kepler...

Corsair CX500 and Pentium G850 - $130 (and $10 back on rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.826531
8GB of PNY 10666 memory - $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178333
Asrock z68M-USB3 board - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157270
And $40 left over for a case.

um... need to know precisely how much you want to get on that $300 budget.. just case, PSU and CPU/board for now? Or do you need memory, and drives as well?

If you could dip into you Kepler/IB money, then you could go for the following instead:

EVGA z68-SLI-mATX $132 and $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188096
Pentium G620 - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399

And either:
Silverstone Precision PS07-B - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163186
or Silverstone Temjin TJ08-E - $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163182

Add power supply, and memory to taste, and enjoy at leisure.
Edited by allikat - 2/23/12 at 11:59pm
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post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 

I'm liking this build very much.
Might drop down to at most a 650W PSU since that is all I will really need.
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post #9 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by allikat View Post

mATX p67 board and Pentium G620 or similar would be the way to go. Spend any spare budget on getting the best board you can, not on the chip, which will only be a stopgap measure. The G620 will pretty much equal, or beat, a PhenomII x4 at nearly 4Ghz.
Let's have a go here. You'll need to go for a PSU upgrade possibly when you get Kepler...
Corsair CX500 and Pentium G850 - $130 (and $10 back on rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.826531
um... need to know precisely how much you want to get on that $300 budget.. just case, PSU and CPU/board for now? Or do you need memory, and drives as well?

I have everything else; just need to replace the PSU, cooler, and case.
I already have quite a bit of money saved up for future upgrades (Kepler and Ivy Bridge; about a grand for those), so I wouldn't mind waiting for those.
I've been using AMD/ATI for a few years, and because nVidia and Intel will be releasing next gen hardware this year, I'd like to take advantage of that opportunity to try something new.
Edited by AbdullahG - 2/23/12 at 11:52pm
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post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by AbdullahG View Post

I'm liking this build very much.
Might drop down to at most a 650W PSU since that is all I will really need.

You can if you want, i just listed it there because most power supplies have their fans spin up with load% so the extra wattage would keep the system quieter and the difference is maybe 20-30$.

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