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i had no idea everything was so bad. thank for writing that for me. It's funny because I haven't had any issues with anything since I got this computer in 2009 and now you're telling me everything about it sucks where I just thought it was a bit oudated haha! my old compaq lasted 8 years and its psu was only starting to fail towards the end.

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can probably save up til' Christmas and will squeeze out enough $$$ to get a decent upgrade biggrin.gif

Wouldn't the i3 3220 be a better choice then the 3225? I read around that the latter is basically the same thing but has integrated graphics. If it matters, I do not plan to overclock.

And as for the graphics card, I'm assuming by around Christmas the 7xx or 8xxx will be released so I won't decide right now, but this could also mean awesome deals on the 6xx and 7xxx



Could you also please recommend me a new mobo, and ram to go with it? I plan to buy a WD Blue 1 if I do get a new hdd.
Edited by General Crumples - 4/6/13 at 12:27am
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i had no idea everything was so bad. thank for writing that for me. It's funny because I haven't had any issues with anything since I got this computer in 2009 and now you're telling me everything about it sucks where I just thought it was a bit oudated haha! my old compaq lasted 8 years and its psu was only starting to fail towards the end.

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can probably save up til' Christmas and will squeeze out enough $$$ to get a decent upgrade biggrin.gif

Wouldn't the i3 3220 be a better choice then the 3225? I read around that the latter is basically the same thing but has integrated graphics. If it matters, I do not plan to overclock.

And as for the graphics card, I'm assuming by around Christmas the 7xx or 8xxx will be released so I won't decide right now, but this could also mean awesome deals on the 6xx and 7xxx



Could you also please recommend me a new mobo, and ram to go with it? I plan to buy a WD Blue 1 if I do get a new hdd.

The i3-3220 is identical to the i3-3225 for everything except the IGP. A good simple motherboard for an i3 would be Gigabyte's GA-B75M-D3H. Be advised that its B75 chipset is incapable of overclocking, so if you ever get an i5-3570K you'd have to get a new motherboard as well.

My RAM recommendation would be the least expensive 2x4GB DDR3-1600 1.5v CL9 kit you can find from Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, Kingston, Patriot, or Samsung.

The $500+ flagships of the Radeon 8000 / GTX 700 series GPU lines should be out by Christmas, but I doubt that the mid-tier $150 - $250 next-gen cards will be out by then. As for the current-gen sub-$200 MSRP cards, the hierarchy is as follows: 660 -> 650 Ti BOOST = 7850 2GB > 7850 1GB > 7790 > 650 Ti.

As for power supplies for a $200 video card + an i3, two good choices are Rosewill's Capstone 450w, and Seasonic's G-Series 450w. The least expensive reliable model would be Corsair's CX430.

Lastly, the WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX you mentioned is an excellent HDD choice.
Edited by svenge - 4/6/13 at 12:47am
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i had no idea everything was so bad. thank for writing that for me. It's funny because I haven't had any issues with anything since I got this computer in 2009 and now you're telling me everything about it sucks where I just thought it was a bit oudated haha! my old compaq lasted 8 years and its psu was only starting to fail towards the end.

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can probably save up til' Christmas and will squeeze out enough $$$ to get a decent upgrade biggrin.gif

Wouldn't the i3 3220 be a better choice then the 3225? I read around that the latter is basically the same thing but has integrated graphics. If it matters, I do not plan to overclock.

And as for the graphics card, I'm assuming by around Christmas the 7xx or 8xxx will be released so I won't decide right now, but this could also mean awesome deals on the 6xx and 7xxx



Could you also please recommend me a new mobo, and ram to go with it? I plan to buy a WD Blue 1 if I do get a new hdd.

Glad to know you've got thick skin... In that case, GPU upgrade would be befitting? As I mentioned before, GPU upgrades usually provide better FPS/$

You're missing the point on the i3, I don't care what i3 you get because there's no functional difference between any of them in terms of Gaming/FPS
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You're missing the point on the i3, I don't care what i3 you get because there's no functional difference between any of them in terms of Gaming/FPS

That's true, but the quad-core i5-3470 (picked since the OP said he didn't want to OC) costs ~$60 more than the i3-3220. Either way, it's up to the OP to decide.
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my vote is cpu first.
i went from an x4 635 -> 955 -> FX8120 and the difference is noticeable
the gtx 460 is still able to perform pretty well with modern games, i think you'll be able to notice the difference on a modern platform.
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This would be the best upgrade in terms of price/performance if you ask me:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $669.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-06 04:15 EDT-0400)

You can make some of your money back by selling your GTX 460 for $100, your processor for $70 (not sure about your motherboard and ram) and your power supply for around $30/$40. Add your $200 budget to the mix and some patience it'll be a worthwhile upgrade! thumb.gif
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Funny, the game I have been playing the most is Call of Pripyat which was a little dated even when it was released. Extremely demanding game though.


Will my current hdd work with the GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H LGA?
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This would be the best upgrade in terms of price/performance if you ask me:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $669.94
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(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-06 04:15 EDT-0400)

You can make some of your money back by selling your GTX 460 for $100, your processor for $70 (not sure about your motherboard and ram) and your power supply for around $30/$40. Add your $200 budget to the mix and some patience it'll be a worthwhile upgrade! thumb.gif

The OP earlier stated that he doesn't want to overclock. Since AMD CPUs are worthless when at stock clocks, that's probably not his best option.
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Here is what I have got so far.

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 - $120
Mobo: Gigabyte LGA-115 - $65
GPU: EVGA GTX 650ti Boost -$180 ($170 w/rebate)
RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 - $40
HDD: not going to buy yet


I'm going to get the CPU, Motherboard, and RAM first. Then I will use my 460 in the mean time and get my graphics card later. As for power supply... the rocketfish has been working for 3 years w/o problems so it cant be that bad right?
Edited by General Crumples - 4/6/13 at 2:37am
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As for power supply... the rocketfish has been working for 3 years w/o problems so it cant be that bad right?

Of course not every single Rocketfish PSU is going to fail catastrophically, but the statistics and relative build quality aren't in its favor. All I can say is that I wouldn't risk keeping it once you get your new components.
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