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Hmm building a PC (minus GPU) for under $500?

#1TheNeckbeardPosted 10/4/2013 7:46:27 AM
I built a budget gaming PC at the first of 2012, then got a new video card this year. However the PC itself is showing its age and while still runs most games on high settings, it is showing limitations which is most certainly CPU, HDD related. I've been debating on upgrading this one a bit further or just start over and rebuild transplanting only my new GPU over to my new machine. With this years end fast approaching it will soon be tax return time again and my chance to do either one will be here.

I would LIKE to keep the cost under 500 if possible. I don't need a Monitor, I don't need a GPU I will be sticking with the one I just bought this year. But everything else I need to start over on if I rebuild.


My Current Machine:


Case - Rosewill GEAR X3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147121

Mobo - Biostar A880GZ AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138345

CPU - AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6Ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

RAM - Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SDRAM 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104231

GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

PSU - OCZ 700W

HDD - WD 5400 RPM 230GB


My other option would be to upgrade the CPU and HDD in this one and leave it at that. However my front USBs have stopped working right over time and I haven't yet figured out why but if I turn the PC while its on, manually try to scoot it or turn it around to get access to the ports on the back for some reason it will shut power down for no reason. I haven't pinpointed where the problem thats causing that lies... if it's the PSU or the MOBO or maybe just a bad cable. I don't ever move it so this hasn't really been an issue. I just figured rebuilding would be better than upgrading this one because of those issues.
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#2Sergei_DukanovPosted 10/4/2013 8:07:12 AM(edited)
im not sure about the 880 mobos, but you should be able to drop a fx 6300 on it. And a seagate barracuda drive for 1tb is about 70 bucks. I have 2 and my brother has one and they run fantastic.
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#3I_Am_On_FirePosted 10/4/2013 8:07:40 AM
Yeah, just drop an FX-6300 in and you should be good to go.
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#4NicodimusPosted 10/4/2013 8:08:19 AM
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#5NicodimusPosted 10/4/2013 8:15:45 AM
Actually, you should be able to re-use the RAM as well. There's rarely anything wrong with it, and if there is, your PC won't boot and it'll be obvious.
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#6NicodimusPosted 10/4/2013 8:25:27 AM
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KKcR

Re-use your RAM and go with this, IMO.
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#7Tony_Biggie_PunPosted 10/4/2013 8:30:15 AM
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KKgS

Get this. Take out the extra parts you don't need to cut costs(If you don't need RAM, HDD PSU etc. etc.)

Try to get at least an Intel i5
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#8TheNeckbeard(Topic Creator)Posted 10/4/2013 8:34:35 AM(edited)
Nicodimus posted...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KKcR

Re-use your RAM and go with this, IMO.


that's pretty good, but if I'm sticking with AMD which I don't mind shouldn't I use Windows 8 instead. Doesn't Windows 7 run AMD processors less efficient?

I use Windows 8 on my current setup and I saw a noticeable improvement with performance I know there was a whole ordeal over the Bulldozer design AMD uses and how well 7 uses it.
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#9PhilOnDezPosted 10/4/2013 8:36:24 AM
I would grab a 6300/6350, a new HDD (and even an SSD, that should leave you comfortably under $500) and overclock your ram to 1600/1866. A fresh install of windows onto the new HDD/SSD may help your USB issues, my front ports stopped responding to specific devices for some reason and it cleared that up for me. As for problems while moving your pc that's harder to say. I'd completely pull it apart when you rebuild and see if it persists. If so, you may be due for a new PSU/mobo. It sounds like just a bad connection though.
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#10Tony_Biggie_PunPosted 10/4/2013 8:37:39 AM(edited)
That CPU wont be much stronger than the one you already own though, if youre sticking with AMD, get at least a 6 or 8 core. Preferably 8 core. Other than that I'd recommend an i5 or i7
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