$500-$600 Upgrade build
My friend is upgrading his PC and has a decent budget, so I'm going to help him out and show him how to build it
1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
ARMA 2, DayZ Standalone, Borderlands 2, web surfing, media play back & photo editing
2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
$500-600 including taxes and shipping if required.
3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
4. IF YOU have a brand preference.
No brand preference
5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
Optical drive, CPU (Q8200) maybe board (OEM acer board)
6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
Planning on overclocking if budget can include new board
8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
within the next 2 weeks
9. What resolution and settings do you use?
10. Are there any specific technologies you want?
Possibly video cards with game bundles.
Sadly, the motherboard and CPU are too dated to reuse.
Your budget is low, and you're gaming at 720p (which is low by enthusiast standards), so I would recommend going the AMD route.
Here is a build centered around the FM2 processor and the A85 chipset:
Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H: motherboard: 94.99
Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H w/ DDR3 1866, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit LAN, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI at Memory Express
A10-5800K APU: Processor: 124.99
AMD A10-5800K APU, Black Edition 3.8GHz w/ 4MB Cache at Memory Express
Gskill 1866 8 gig cas 9 kit: memory : 49.99
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB PC3-14900 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB) at Memory Express
500GB WD Caviar Blue: Main Storage Drive: 64.99
WD 500GB Caviar Blue 7200rpm SATA III w/ 16MB Cache at Memory Express
Intel SSD 520 Series SATA III Solid State Drive, 60GB: 89.99
Intel SSD 520 Series SATA III Solid State Drive, 60GB at Memory Express
Corsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case: 64.99
Corsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case, Black at Memory Express
Corsair CX500 500W Power Supply: 54.99 (Cheapest corsair PSU with 2xpcie connectors for upgrades).
Corsair Builder Series CX500 500W Power Supply at Memory Express
544.93 Total at Memory Express.
Won't slay the top games, but you'll have a good gaming experience with all 720p gaming at reasonable settings. It also has the potential to upgrade to a much more powerful video card as the PSU has the two PCIE connectors needed to power beast cards.
the CPU is fine for his needs, he isn't expecting to max every game out there he just wants to run it over 30fps on medium-high settings.
Also you said you want SSD. SSD kinda sucks without sata 6GB. That motherboard might not even have sata 2 ports being so old.
Also, acer motherboards aren't exactly top of the line, and socket 775 is old. Your capacitors run the risk of blowing out after so many years of use.
Upping to a brand new system is my best suggestion, and if you don't like the amd APU, you probably can configure an i3 system just as cheap with a budget video card.
His motherboard is DDR3, I've run SSDs on sata2 and they were fine and snappy, thanks for the suggestions though.
720p doesn't exist afaik on desktop only laptops. you either play in a 16:10 resolution or 1080
1366x768.. that's 720p.
even a 21.5 monitor is still 1080. you would again need a lcd type panel.
The Q8400 is a bit outdated at this point, but for casual gaming and basic use it will work. I still have a Q6600 running in my spare rig and I haven't run into any problems with it. And, he can always upgrade to like an i5 3300 and sub $100 mobo later if he needs more performance, sata 3 or usb3. Assuming he has peripherals, monitor and an os?
If it were me and keeping it to $600 I wouldn't be dead set on the exact components I'd shop the sales and pricematch what I can, but it might look something like this:
Prices from NCIX 30-Dec-2012
Kingston KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX 8GB Kit 2X4GB 1600......36.99
Antec Basiq VP450 450W Power Supply........................44.99
Samsung 840 Series 120GB........................................118.9 9
Corsair Vengeance Series C70....................................89.99 (or HAF912, P280 , carbide 200 or whatever he likes for ~100)
MSI Radeon HD 7870 OC Twin Frozr III........................199.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB.................................69.99
Plus shipping and maybe he wants a few fans or lights.
I don't see any good card/game bundles right now. Too bad because I bought a 650 a month ago for $99.99 and it came with Nexusz, Shogun 2, Dirt showdown and Assassin's creed 3.
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