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Old October 10, 2014, 03:53 PM
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I am on a pretty tight budget as I'm disabled but I would like to upgrade my system if possible. My areas lacking I believe are these areas.

I don't need to be bleeding edge. I built this pc back in 2006 and it's starting to be a little aged.

I have only upgraded my Gpu. I have a EVGA GTX 670 FTW which is a great card imo.

Anyways, I'm looking to change from AMD to Intel I think but may consider sticking with AMD. I heard that Intel is better for games or something like that.

So I'm looking for...

1 Motherboard

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Some RAM, maybe 8gb? That should be enough for what I'm doing I think.

Because of my disability I'm unable to get out as often as I'd like so needless to say I spend a lot of time on the computer so I'd like for it to be very reliable equipment.

I live in Alliston, Ontario so I can meet someone somewhere if need be. I can pay with Paypal or EMT(if I can figure it out) or just cash when we meet up is fine too and is preferred by me.
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I heard that Intel is better for games or something like that.
Intel is better at everything. What will you be doing with that PC anyway?
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Gigabyte Z68P-DS3, Intel Core i5-2500, 8GB RAM (RAM Sold)
This was a great deal until he sold the ram. now its still a decent buy if you can find ram cheap. With a good cooler you could overclock this easily to 4.2-4.5 ghz and keep up with current gen locked core i5's and all AMDs at stock clocks. if you are just gaming this would be more than enough to keep me happy. The only draw back is i doubt that board has USB 3 but it might. even if it doesn't you can buy a USB 3 card for it for $25.
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Old October 11, 2014, 03:14 PM
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Intel is better at everything. What will you be doing with that PC anyway?
Same thing I'm doing now. Play games mostly, surf the net, that's about it. I'm not having any problems with my pc now I just keep thinking that I'm missing something by not having a newer pc.

Maybe it won't make any difference, I don't know.

I can play every game atm with not very much problems really. I just think it's a little slow sometimes.

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My GPU is a 3.0 and my current board is a 2.0 plus my cpu is on the old side as is my RAM.

I don't know if it's worth it to upgrade or not really. I just know that some pieces are getting old and maybe it's time to upgrade them.
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You will definitely see a gain with a platform upgrade (CPU/MOB/Ram). 8gb ram (2x4gb 1600mhz or faster), an i5 ideally since you game (but an i3 would be fine), and a motherboard that has whatever connections you want.

Good luck with the hunt for an upgrade.

What is your budget?

Another thing I would recommend as funds permit is a 240+gb SSD (for OS, and your most used apps and games). It really does speed things up.
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You will definitely see a gain with a platform upgrade (CPU/MOB/Ram). 8gb ram (2x4gb 1600mhz or faster), an i5 ideally since you game (but an i3 would be fine), and a motherboard that has whatever connections you want.

Good luck with the hunt for an upgrade.

What is your budget?

Another thing I would recommend as funds permit is a 240+gb SSD (for OS, and your most used apps and games). It really does speed things up.
Yeah I plan on the first three then I will get a SSD after that. I have a few gpus im selling on ebay now plus I some savings. So maybe abiut $800 total but I wang to spend as littld as possible. Most bang and all that. Was thinking of buying that budget gamer on here actually. Im not sure yet.
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I've got an i7 875k processor for sale along with a motherboard (asus sabertooth 55i) and a GPU (asus GTX 670 2gb directcu ii) and some ram if u need.

All of those are in perfect condition and are all 6months-1year or usage... If you're interested, send me a PM and I'll get ya the pictures the benchmarks and everything.
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If budget is really a concern, I would suggest getting an SSD first to see if that makes enough of a difference to you. Even if you still want/need to upgrade afterwards, it will give you a lot of time to watch for some great deals in the BST forum.

Looking at your computer (if it's current) I can see why you want to upgrade as it is on the old side. I'm sure you could find a used Sandy Bridge setup for a great price that will make a significant difference compared to what you have. Anything beyond that may not be necessary as it's a great platform and there hasn't been any real significant improvement since then IMO. Something like a 2500K or 2600K would be all you need.
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Thanks a lot guys. I decided to stretch my budget a bit. Much to the dismay of my girlfriend but hey, being in the doghouse for a couple days was worth it.

I ended up getting the following in case anyone is interested.

Mobo : Gigabyte z97x-sli

CPU : Pentium G 3258 Anniversary edition

RAM : Adata DDR3 PC3 12800 2x 4GB
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I would try and get hands on a cheap used IVY system.

you can likely get a Board+K serues cpu for 300$ or so atm and that will put you quite close to current new hw levels. and the ivy's OC well enough to bridge the gap.

I would go for a 3570K or a good 3770k if cheap enough but i have seen some 3570k's near 130$ on here from time to time.

Any decent Z77 Board will suit you fine for ocing which can usually be had for near 100-150$ also.

Then find some DDR3 on the cheap and go to town.
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