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So I've been out of the PC/overclocking game for quite some time, and my PC has sat neglected for far too long. I'm looking to upgrade it, but I want to keep the budget low, and squeeze as much of a performance increase as I can out of the limited budget. I just don't have the product knowledge I used to, so I'm coming to you guys for help.

First priorities are Mobo/CPU/RAM, since I'm still running an E6600 Core 2 on an old DFI P965 board and DDR2 RAM. So what do you guys recommend I move up to? I'd like to keep it as close to $400 (or under) as possible. I'll upgrade other stuff as time and money allows, but the core of this system hasn't been changed since probably 2010 or so, so I think that's the priority.

Thanks in advance for the help.
 

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Please list all of the parts you have now as some might be reusable and others might not.
 

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An i5-6600k, budget z170 board, budget cooler, 8gbb ddr4-3000 will probably put you right around the $400 mark.

There are additional compromises you could consider (locked i5, non-overclocking motherboard, cheaper ddr4-2133 ram) but I would probably try to avoid doing that.
 

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The motherboard, RAM, and CPU are all in looking at replacing right now, I'll upgrade the GPU later.

My PSU is a 650W Silverstone, it should be plenty for what I plan on moving to.

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I'd recommend this build. Rest of your components should be fine:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($72.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.75 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $445.52
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-17 12:37 EDT-0400

Its over your previous budget, but these are minimum specs a system should have today to be a decent gaming machine if you have funds to spare. Also, you could throw in a good 120GB SSD and that system should fly.
 

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My PSU is a 650W Silverstone, it should be plenty for what I plan on moving to.
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Brand and wattage does not tell us much so please name the model.
Also if its as old as the rest of the system you might want to replace it.
 

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It's a Silverstone Strider 650W, it should be plenty sufficient given the fairly tame nature of what I'm trying to build.

Huzzug, any particular reason to get a $75 Heatsink when I can get a decent Zalman for half the price and put that saved money into upgrading to 16GB of ram? I understand the importance of a quality heatsink, but spending nearly a quarter of my budget on one seems pretty excessive.

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If it is a gaming system, you'd hardly see any tangible benefit from going with a 16GB kit. What Zalman heatsink are you referring to ?
 

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They've got several in that price range, but I seem to remember this one being well regarded.

http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E16835118133

How exactly would I not benefit from 16 gigs? I've got 8 right now, while its DDR2 of course, I don't see how going to 16 could do anything but help.

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Ummm, any games that you feel would utilize more than 8GB in the near future ? Some food for thought
 

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