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I'm in the process of selling some things on eBay (recently just started an account), and I'll have about $400-$500 to spend on parts for a new build. I have a list of parts I'd like to use, but have some questions.

First off, the list of parts.
Quote:
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 $70 Free Shipping $70
Video Card MSI R7 260 1GB $95 -$20 $75
Memory Team Vulcan 2x4GB $75 Free Shipping $75
Motherboard ASRock H97M Anniversary $70 Free Shipping $70
Power Supply Corsair CX430 PSU $40 Free Shipping $40
HDD WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM $60 Free Shipping $60
Case Corsair Carbide Spec-01 $50 -$10,
Free Shipping $40
Total $460 -$30 $430

Read more at http://www.gamersnexus.net/pc-builds/1632-cheap-budget-gaming-pc-intel-14#A1Vv7YzbrPR5ifGG.99

Now, with that being said. I have a computer already with some parts in it. Particularly 8GB Ram already that I'd like to reuse. So, my questions:

1) Is the PSU ok?
2) If I take out the price for the ram, what should I spend my money on?
3) Am I able to overclock the old ram I have?
4) I have a 1tb drive already too, what is the difference between that and the one on this build list (aka should I buy the hard drive on the list?).

My max amount is about $500. Oh! I have a Phenom II X4 840 as well in my current build, but I'm assuming it's a much weaker CPU than what's on the list. The motherboard has some type of nForce 6 chipset so I can't upgrade to Windows 8 and above (no driver support). Also, I would like to be able to play all current titles on my computer (maybe not max, but at least medium 720p).
post #2 of 6
1) Is the PSU ok? - Yes, that will work just fine for that combo.

2) If I take out the price for the ram, what should I spend my money on? - I would look into an SSD for your OS drive.

3) Am I able to overclock the old ram I have? - Yep, your good there as well.

4) I have a 1tb drive already too, what is the difference between that and the one on this build list (aka should I buy the hard drive on the list?).
- I'm not sure what your current drive is, so I couldn't help you there.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600 P8P67 Pro GTX 760 2GB 2x4 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB Random HDD's / SSD's Samsung Blu-ray  Stock intel 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
W7 x64 42" Vizio TV. 1080p.  Logitec G15 630w Rosewill 
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Generic cheap ass case Dynex, lol Generic cheapy Sony wireless headphones.  
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i7 2600 P8P67 Pro GTX 760 2GB 2x4 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB Random HDD's / SSD's Samsung Blu-ray  Stock intel 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
W7 x64 42" Vizio TV. 1080p.  Logitec G15 630w Rosewill 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Generic cheap ass case Dynex, lol Generic cheapy Sony wireless headphones.  
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2) If I take out the price for the ram, what should I spend my money on?

Better motherboard.I would keep your hdd if it is not a green hdd.and put the money on a better. Case/cooling or video card(an used video card)
Edited by PontiacGTX - 9/29/14 at 5:53am
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This is what I would do...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($98.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($68.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 280 3GB TurboDuo Video Card ($181.10 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $507.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-29 21:19 EDT-0400
post #5 of 6
hey if you have a ebay account, why don't you buy used hardware?

You can probably grab a used i5 for a wee bit over 100 bucks and you can get a AMD 7970 for 120 ish bucks (which by the way is more powerful than the AMD 280).

You can get a new board and a new PSU, but you could also go to the used section of this forum, you can generally find good deals on hardware from reputable members.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4820K Gigabyte X79 UP4 GTX 660 (waiting for new AMD cards) Samsung green  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Adata SP900  Seagate 2TB hard drive (the power of 1 edition)  Custom WC Loop Linux (various versions) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster T240HD Coolermaster XT Green switches XFX 1000w Corsair 800D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Naga Epic 2014 edition Razer Vespula Stax Lambda Nova Classic Custom DIY DAC 
AudioAudioOther
300b PP monoblocks Snell J3 NZXT Hue 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz 8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz EVGA X99 SR?  AMD 390x 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveCooling
AMD 390x 128 GB ECC DDR4  1TB PCI-e SSD Custom WC Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Linux 16:10 Samsung PLS 4K monitor Corsair RGB keyboard with custom cherry MX supe... EVGA 1600 watt titanium  
CaseMouseAudio
Caselabs Magnum STH10 DIY my own mouse Snell J 3 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4820K Gigabyte X79 UP4 GTX 660 (waiting for new AMD cards) Samsung green  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Adata SP900  Seagate 2TB hard drive (the power of 1 edition)  Custom WC Loop Linux (various versions) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster T240HD Coolermaster XT Green switches XFX 1000w Corsair 800D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Naga Epic 2014 edition Razer Vespula Stax Lambda Nova Classic Custom DIY DAC 
AudioAudioOther
300b PP monoblocks Snell J3 NZXT Hue 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz 8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz EVGA X99 SR?  AMD 390x 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveCooling
AMD 390x 128 GB ECC DDR4  1TB PCI-e SSD Custom WC Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Linux 16:10 Samsung PLS 4K monitor Corsair RGB keyboard with custom cherry MX supe... EVGA 1600 watt titanium  
CaseMouseAudio
Caselabs Magnum STH10 DIY my own mouse Snell J 3 
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

hey if you have a ebay account, why don't you buy used hardware?

You can probably grab a used i5 for a wee bit over 100 bucks and you can get a AMD 7970 for 120 ish bucks (which by the way is more powerful than the AMD 280).

You can get a new board and a new PSU, but you could also go to the used section of this forum, you can generally find good deals on hardware from reputable members.
I just got back from checking out my ebay account. I have sold $478.50 in items.

Ok, so. All I _really_ need is a PSU, motherboard, cpu, video card, case, and that's it. I have an aftermarket cpu fan already as well. Let me see what I can come up with.
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