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Unread 11-17-2014, 09:44 AM   #1
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Folks,
It's time for me to upgrade my computer. Only problem is I've been out of touch with the new technology and it's been 6-7 years since I last upgraded my system. The computer is used for gaming mostly. Turning the resolution/detail down is no longer cutting it. I figure a Motherboard, CPU, Ram and video replacement are in order. Here's what I'm currently running...

Intel Core2 6600 @ 2.4GHz
AMD Radeon HD 5750 (1GB Ram) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102858
Asus P5Q SE Plus Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131347
4 Gigs Ram

So what's good these days? I figure it'll be somewhere in the $600-800 range. I prefer Intel over AMD and ATI over Nvidia (flexible on this one).

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Unread 11-18-2014, 12:25 AM   #2
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If you prefer Intel really any of the i series processors will be up to the task when paired with a midrange graphics card. Motherboard is really subjective and depends on what features you want and what brand you prefer (I personally like Gigabyte). As long as it has SATA 3 and the proper PCI slots it should be fine.

Here's an example in your budget:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819117372 - $240
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128707 - $150 ($130 w/ rebate)
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233327 - $93
Graphics: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121867 - $210 ($190 w/ rebate)

This leaves some overhead. Could go with more memory and/or a good cooler.
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Unread 11-20-2014, 03:35 PM   #3
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i7-4790 for $249 on Amazon, for the next 10 hours...

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i7-...6471928&sr=1-2
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i7-4790 for $249 on Amazon, for the next 10 hours...

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i7-...6471928&sr=1-2
That's a pretty good deal, however, it's not unlocked. If the OP is into over clocking or wants to try it, the i5 probably has more potential than the i7. If he doesn't want to deal with over clocking I'd definitely jump on that though.
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Unread 11-21-2014, 07:43 PM   #5
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I'm running a quad core Gateway computer with Windows 7 Professional. But when it crashes and burns, I'm going to buy a Apple computer. I know they cost more but for me it will be worth it. I have used a few computers with Windows 8 and I will not buy that system. Seems to me that Microsoft has a bunch of 12 year old kids designing software. It's time to put some adults in charge or risk losing us older people who still like to use a desktop computer. Just sayin'.
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If you are looking for a really good gaming system that will not be outdated for at least 6 mnths start with a good motherboard with a 2011-v3 slot X99 chipset.
Then you can spend to your budget on the CPU but I would stay with an i7. They range from 250 - $600 depending on the model and speed.
A good singe vid card is better than multiple meh cards and it works out cheaper. You are still looking in the ~$300 range.
8 gig of ram is sufficient. More is better but not always needed. Spend money on the ram speed instead of the raw amount of gigs. Unless you are running multiple games at once you get more benefit from faster access than you do caching data you may or may not use.
From there it is personal preference and bling. New case, water cooling, case lighting.... you can spend a mint on that stuff.

We are upgrading my son's comp this black friday. MicroCenter has some pretty good deals.
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