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Old February 13, 2012, 09:25 PM
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hello hardware canucks! I have a pre-built system with these specs:

Intel i7-2600
Acer Aspire M3920 H67 motherboard a.k.a. your very standard H67 motherboard (comes from Acer with green PCB )
Kingston DDR3 Dual Channel 2x2GB RAM 667MHz
Intel HD Graphics 1000 (I thought i7-2600 has HD 2000s..)
300W Power Supply
Micro-ATX Computer Case

Inasmuch as I wanted to use a P67/i7-2600k combo or a Z68/i7-2600k combo, I'm stuck with this system build. I bought the system already built by Acer. The model number is AM3920-E4142U. It was a pretty good deal so I bought it.

For that I decided to just upgrade it.

First is the power supply. Because I would be adding video cards and such (and possibly 2 SSDs in raid 0 after saving up for it), what wattage of power supply should I get which is able to handle the future? I'm in preference for a higher efficiency power supply.

Next, I have two Kingston 2x2GB 667MHz Dual Channel RAM installed in the 2 blue ram slot in my motherboard. What RAM should I install? I am aiming for 16GB but 4GB(current) + 8GB(new) would be also fine. I am willing to dump the pre-installed ram if its performance slows down the system. I THINK my mobo is limiting me to 1333MHz ram though. :thinkingface:

Next, is the motherboard worth changing?

What cooler would you suggest? I'm quite running at 60+ degrees under load and I want to keep it low to lengthen the life of my processor.... a water cooling solution like the h series is preferred [i think its overkill though..]

Which SSDs could you suggest? I'm into Intel for their reliability but their SSDs are expensive

Lastly, I have one PCI-e slot in the motherboard. What budget graphics card with HDMI output would you recommend to play MOST games on high? Not aiming for 1080p gameplay though, 720p would be enough for me. :D

my budget for this upgrade is somewhat less than $300. but, if the suggestions suggests spending more for a better upgrade, i would consider breaking the budget cap and do the upgrade one at a time :D

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR REPLIES!

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Old February 13, 2012, 10:10 PM
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A used GTX460 (768mb will be enough for lower resolutions) and a Seasonic X-560 will come in well under budget and should meet pretty much all your requirements. Buying new should still keep you under budget, but just barely.
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Old February 13, 2012, 10:32 PM
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thanks for the suggestion :D could I ask what can a gtx 460 play? :D
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Old February 13, 2012, 11:04 PM
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Really depends on your monitor, if you're running 1680x1050 a gtx460 would be fine for BF3 at medium-high.
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Old February 14, 2012, 09:42 AM
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oh, that would be okay with me, bf3 is quite a high end game, i'm running at 1080p on my 22" monitor...
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Old February 14, 2012, 09:49 AM
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what wattage of power supply should I get which is able to handle the future?
You'll want one that is able to handle a peak of 1.21 Gigawatts, for sure

No, I'm kidding. Don't listen to that, it's not constructive! I just couldn't help myself.
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Old February 14, 2012, 11:21 PM
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that was a laugh :)) i was thinking strapping a nuclear reactor to my pc :))
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Old February 14, 2012, 11:38 PM
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will an XFX 7770 suffice my purpose? does 30$ more justifies it versus a gtx 460?
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A 7770 is about the same speed as a 460. Go with whatever is cheapest for you.
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Old February 15, 2012, 12:15 AM
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oh wow, a new card with same speed as a gtx 460 :O
what about my ram? what should i do about it?
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