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Planning on building a new pc, since this Dell is getting slow. I've picked out a few parts for the new pc, here they are

-Antec series one case $50
-gigabyte GA-A55M FM1 micro atx MB $50 /w rebate
-seasonic 300w 80+ bronze OEM psu $40
-Patriot gamer 2 series 8gb 1600 $40
-AMD A6-3500 3-core APU $75
-CM hyper 212 plus $20 w/ rebate
-OCZ agility 3 90gb $100 w/ rebate
-windows 7

should i get a hard drive instead of the SSD? i dont run many games, usually play TF2, L4D2, some free FPS's,and im getting D3, but most of my games i play on xbox. i was looking at a WD caviar blue 500gb HDD

any help is appreciated smile.gif
Edited by B3RGY - 4/28/12 at 2:47pm
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post #2 of 16
You'll find out 90 GB runs out fast. I'd look at getting a smallish 320 GB or 500 GB blue / green, and wait until later, and get a 60 GB SSD for Windows when you can.

Out of interest, what is your total budget? If it is 475 (Assuming Windows is 100) you should look at This thread, and just substitute the video card out for either a cheaper one, and get windows, or do some small part exchanges.

If you are looking at getting an APU over the i3-2120, check out this comparison.

[EDIT] Here's a build that comes in a bit above a $475 budget, but I think allows for a lot more options down the road.

Good luck with the build!
Edited by Diber - 4/28/12 at 3:04pm
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my budget is $500, and im interested in getting the best value for my dollar, so thanks for that link. im not a fanboy, and i'll buy whatever is better and has the better price
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post #4 of 16
I just realized you're running an i7-920... You could just stick with that as a base platform, as it'll out-do anything you can get for $500. Take a good look at exactly the parts you have, and $500 into a mobo / GPU / some RAM might well make a massive difference.

That is, unless you're giving the old comp to someone / getting the new one for someone.
post #5 of 16
Yank out that i7 920..

New mobo, gpu, ssd, and ram! Your good to go!! thumb.gif

Mobo $130
Gpu $200
Ram $25
SSD $120

Total $475

Way faster computer!!
Edited by Jester435 - 4/28/12 at 9:00pm
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post #6 of 16
even just a new gpu will make a big difference..

if you follow jester it will end up with more than 500$. just get another gpu,psu and a hdd
something comparable to the 570 or a cheap 480 and 550W/600W. i dont know which ati cards have a similar speed/price so you gotta browse the net.

GL
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Originally Posted by smex View Post

even just a new gpu will make a big difference..
if you follow jester it will end up with more than 500$. just get another gpu,psu and a hdd
something comparable to the 570 or a cheap 480 and 550W/600W. i dont know which ati cards have a similar speed/price so you gotta browse the net.
GL

yeah i was going to sell this, but who wants a dell with vista thats slow? haha
so yeah i might just pull it out....now my ram averages at 90% load at all times, thats my biggest problem i think lol
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post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by Jester435 View Post

Yank out that i7 920..
New mobo, gpu, ssd, and ram! Your good to go!! thumb.gif
Mobo $130
Gpu $200
Ram $25
SSD $120
Total $475
Way faster computer!!

this'll work, but i want a new case and a HDD, and a little more ram and a new psu, so maybe this might be a little more than 500, but oh well
btw this is just hypothetical, not sure if i'll do this or not
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post #9 of 16
i definitely vote for keeping your chip as rebuilding a whole new unit for ~$500
will be completely lackluster in comparison to your current build upgraded with $500:
-case
-gpu
-psu
-ram
-ssd/hdd
-mobo+cooling (only necessary if you want to overclock at all)
post #10 of 16
Define slow. Takes a while to boot up? Games don't run well? You're not going to be able to afford an upgrade to CPU with that budget, so it's best to look a little closer at the actual performance complaint.
    
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