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Looking to upgrade my computer... current is in sig.

Pieced this together and wanted to get some input. I want to keep the cost as low as possible so if you see any cost-saving combos I could take advantage of I'd appreciate the input.

I won't be overclocking at all so aftermarket cooling is not necessary. Just a casual gaming machine.

Thanks!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1l5aB
Edited by ender475 - 7/26/13 at 7:28pm
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The AMD APUs are pretty great, but I don't really see the point if you're not using the integrated GPU. You would see more performance out of an i3 3220- proof. The i3 3220 is $109.99 with a promo code on Newegg currently which is cheaper than the A10-5800K while offering better performance. Pair it with a board like this and you're still in the same price range.

With the AMD setup I wouldn't recommend using a 32GB SSD as an OS drive. Just installing Windows with all the updates is going to take up a large amount of that. But, with an Intel setup (I personally recommend the Biostar TZ77A with the promo code- it's really great for the price) you can use that 32GB SSD as a cache drive with "Intel Smart Response" technology which IMO is a much better solution. The rest of your build is really good, although a 650W power supply is overkill unless you do Crossfire later. With my system configuration, you would be more than fine with a 400W power supply which is going to save you money. Check the charts and look at their test system, which is going to draw wayyyyyyyyyy more power than your i3.
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You dont need a 650 watts PSU for that system even a 450 watts could power it

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182261
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You'd be better off doing this.

Motherboard($120) - ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157281

RAM x2($110 with promo code COMPNTSAL33) - Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148719

HDD+Optical($94) - Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB + LITE-ON DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1384780

CPU+GPU Combo($290) - AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz + SAPPHIRE 100354OC-2L Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1355673

PSU($95 with promo code EMCXNVR26) - SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold 650W ATX 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

Total Price - 709$ everything has free shipping, rebates not included.

If you don't want a Optical then save $10 and get the HDD you have in your post. I'm also assuming that you're picking that PSU for the quality+full modular, and because PSUs don't have any good deals on the cheaper units atm.
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I have to disagree with all of these posts. You currently have a Phenom II x4. An APU is not going to be much of an upgrade in the CPU department, if it's any upgrade at all. And if you're not going to overclock, an fx-6300 won't even be all that much of an upgrade.

So basically, don't spend a bunch of money on what will be hardly an upgrade at all. It's not worth your time. Upgrade your CPU to an Intel i5 or don't upgrade the CPU at all. There's also not much point to 2x8gb of RAM. 2x4gb is more than enough for a gamer. RAM is like hard drive space - not enough is a problem, but too much gains you nothing. There's also no point to getting a WD Caviar Black - it doesn't perform any better than cheaper hard drives. The only difference is you're paying more money for warranty. Think about it - are you going to choose an add-on that asks you to pay $20 extra for 2 years of HDD warranty? Get a 1tb or 2tb seagate barracuda instead. They're usually cheap at us.ncix.com. SSD: 32gb is pointless. You want to stick not just your OS but also any programs you use frequently on there. Get 128gb minimum or don't bother. And there's no reason to upgrade your PSU.

From your list cut the:
a10-5800k
Asrock Motherboard
Seasonic 650w power supply

Change:
The RAM to a 2x4gb kit.
The HDD to a non-Caviar Black HDD.

Upgrade:
The SSD from a 32gb to a 120 or 128 gb SSD (Samsung 840 or 840 EVO often recommended).
The Graphics card to a Sapphire 7870 XT or a 7950, if you feel like using some of the money you saved, which should be around $350.

You could also consider a 120hz monitor or one of the new QNIX 27" 2560x1440 monitors. That would fit in your budget with the savings I recommended.
    
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OK here's a revised build.

Switched over to i3, downgraded GPU to 7790, downgraded to 8GB, lost the hard drive (I'll just re-use my old 500GB), switched up the PSU for shilka's recommendation, and switched over to the mobo recommended by Dopamin.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ldPH

Now though I do see Fred's point in not upgrading the CPU -- the i3 wouldn't be much of an upgrade at all from my X4 955: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
Edited by ender475 - 7/27/13 at 7:51am
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Here's a more final build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1lzEV

No new CPU, but new mobo, GFX, SSD, and monitor instead.
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Bump... any input?

Another revision with a new CPU (I could sell the old parts): http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1m5cH
Edited by ender475 - 7/29/13 at 4:00pm
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Bump... any input?

Another revision with a new CPU (I could sell the old parts): http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1m5cH

Less expensive, but faster RAM, Crucial Ballistix Sport

The FX-6300 is for sure an upgrade from the 955, but I don't know if it is a necessity right now, it is not a bad CPU, I love my 965. A bigger SSD could be had and some 7950's are going for under $300 now.
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