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$400 Left - How should I spend it?

post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 
Heres what I have:

NZXT Tempest 210
XFX Radeon 7970
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB DDR3-1600 Mhz RAM

How should I spend the rest of my money? If possible, I would like to get a quad-core intel processor
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Scotty
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699GB TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075 (SATA) TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208AB Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 
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AMD A8-5600K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7560D Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600... 
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post #2 of 35
Are you building a computer from scratch?
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post #3 of 35
Thread Starter 
Yes I am sorta. I am upgrading a really old computer that was completely outdated. The only thing that I might be able to salvage is the Optical Drive.
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Intel Core i7-3610QM TOSHIBA Portable PC (U3E1) Intel HD Graphics 4000 8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOS
699GB TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075 (SATA) TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208AB Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A8-5600K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7560D Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Green 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal... Sandisk 64 GB SSD LG BH10 Blu Ray Burner Windows 10 Pro 
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Apex DM-318 HTPC Case w/275W Power Supply 
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Scotty
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOS
699GB TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075 (SATA) TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208AB Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A8-5600K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7560D Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Green 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal... Sandisk 64 GB SSD LG BH10 Blu Ray Burner Windows 10 Pro 
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post #4 of 35
Salvage it. Could you possibly salvage the power supply or is that a definite no?
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post #5 of 35
Thread Starter 
No. It is only 300-something watts.
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Intel Core i7-3610QM TOSHIBA Portable PC (U3E1) Intel HD Graphics 4000 8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOS
699GB TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075 (SATA) TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208AB Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A8-5600K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7560D Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Green 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal... Sandisk 64 GB SSD LG BH10 Blu Ray Burner Windows 10 Pro 
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Apex DM-318 HTPC Case w/275W Power Supply 
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Scotty
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My Laptop
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Lizzy
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Intel Core i7-3610QM TOSHIBA Portable PC (U3E1) Intel HD Graphics 4000 8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOS
699GB TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075 (SATA) TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208AB Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A8-5600K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7560D Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Green 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal... Sandisk 64 GB SSD LG BH10 Blu Ray Burner Windows 10 Pro 
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Apex DM-318 HTPC Case w/275W Power Supply 
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post #6 of 35
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post #7 of 35
Oh, forgot to ask: do you have a monitor for this build and an OS?
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post #8 of 35
If anything he can use his TV(I'm sure EVERYONE has a HDTV by now) as a monitor. A OS usually is never involved in the price. If anything the Win 8 preview is still free.
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post #9 of 35
Milestail, that PSU isn't gonna cut it. The 7970 eats something like 400 watts alone under load.
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post #10 of 35
Here is something with a quality PSU that can handle a 7970.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.37 @ NCIX US)
Total: $374.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Logitech G500 Asus xonar dg Beyerdynamic dt770 pro 80 
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i7 870 Some Dell Mobo 6950 2gb 8(4x2)GB DDR3 @ 1333mhz 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 1 Terabyte Win7 Home Premium 64bits Hx750 Corsair 800D 
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