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Will this PC be an upgrade or downgrade from my current system?

#1chknwngsnbrPosted 2/10/2014 12:25:25 PM
My mom wants a new computer so I'm thinking about giving her my college laptop and building a new entry-to-mid level gaming PC.

The laptop (2012 Vaio S) has the following specs:
- i5 3210M @2.5GHz
- 640m (OC'd to 650M speeds)
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB Samsung SSD 830

The PC I'm looking to build (Modest in the Logical Increments guide) has the following specs:
- G3220 @3.0GHz
- HD 7700
- 4GB RAM
- 250GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO

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My budget is around $500 for the new computer. Will my computer's performance be a step up or a step down from my laptop? Also, how much of an increase (or decrease) can I expect?

Thanks!
#2GTRagnarokPosted 2/10/2014 12:31:36 PM
Assuming you mean the HD 7770, the GPU will be about 50% better. The CPU will be about the same. You'd be better off moving up to an i3 CPU.
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#3aak57Posted 2/10/2014 12:39:07 PM
...A 250GB SSD in budget build is a really odd choice. I mean SSDs are great, but I would prioritize CPU and GPU over them.
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#4chknwngsnbr(Topic Creator)Posted 2/10/2014 12:41:26 PM
Yeah sorry, meant the 7770. Just looked up prices and the 7850 is only $40 more than the 7770 on Newegg ($99 vs $140).

I rarely game on the PC anymore but when I do it's RTS' (SC2 or LoL), so perhaps the i3 is worth it as well.
#5SleepComaPosted 2/10/2014 12:43:30 PM
chknwngsnbr posted...
Yeah sorry, meant the 7770. Just looked up prices and the 7850 is only $40 more than the 7770 on Newegg ($99 vs $140).

I rarely game on the PC anymore but when I do it's RTS' (SC2 or LoL), so perhaps the i3 is worth it as well.


and seriously ditch the SSD man.
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#6chknwngsnbr(Topic Creator)Posted 2/10/2014 12:46:26 PM
aak57 posted...
...A 250GB SSD in budget build is a really odd choice. I mean SSDs are great, but I would prioritize CPU and GPU over them.


Once you go SSD you never go back! I definitely need the extra space though, only have about 10GB remaining on my 128GB SSD. :/
#7MasterDonGeroPosted 2/10/2014 12:54:42 PM
chknwngsnbr posted...
aak57 posted...
...A 250GB SSD in budget build is a really odd choice. I mean SSDs are great, but I would prioritize CPU and GPU over them.


Once you go SSD you never go back! I definitely need the extra space though, only have about 10GB remaining on my 128GB SSD. :/


It's not so much the space as it is the price.
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#8VIP86Posted 2/10/2014 1:14:13 PM
Wants a 250gb ssd, has low budget.......
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#9Master_BassPosted 2/10/2014 1:40:48 PM
VIP86 posted...
Wants a 250gb ssd, has low budget.......

Yeah, as great as SSDs are I wouldn't buy one over a better CPU or GPU.
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#10chknwngsnbr(Topic Creator)Posted 2/10/2014 2:29:00 PM
VIP86 posted...
Wants a 250gb ssd, has low budget.......

Yup, I need to adjust my budget a bit. I'd rather throw down $100 more for a better machine than build a system equivalent to my laptop and take a sidestep.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2QV0R
- i3-4130
- HD 7850
- 4GB RAM
- 250GB Samsung 840 EVO

~$600