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Need help deciding which parts to buy - $200-400 upgrade

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by godbreath, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. godbreath New Member

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    So, after just under 2 years, my desktop died, the motherboard would not post at all, and on top of that, my motherboard has a 2 year warranty, but starting from the date of manufacture, so I just missed it. Anyways, I bought the motherboard using american express(which provides an extra year of warranty), and they said they will probably refund me the whole $175 i paid for my abit ip35-pro. I don't think I want to spend that money on old tech (core 2 duo's) and would much rather build a new computer using as much as I can from my old computer.

    This is my old computer right now: The stuff in bold is what im looking to reuse
    CPU: E8400 (hoping to sell on ebay for around $100)
    CPU cooler: ninja scythe (can I reuse this on the new core i5/i7?)
    Motherboard: IP 35-pro (dead)
    Ram: 2x1 Crucial DDR2 (can't reuse these)
    Video Card: 8800gt evga (pretty sure I can reuse it, but I want a new one)
    Video Card Cooler: Accerelo S1 (definitely want to reuse this)
    PSU: Antec Neohe 550 (going to reuse)
    Case: Antec Solo (going to reuse)

    So as of now, I need to buy a new CPU, Motherboard, and video card. I have not been keeping up with computer news for the past 6 months or so, but I do know that the new core look promising. I also want a computer that can be cooled actively with 3 5v yates - one on the gfx card, one on the cpu, and one exhaust (what i'm doing now). That being said, which core cpu and graphics card should I be looking at? Thanks
     
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    How about RAM? CPU+Mobo+RAM will get you to 400$, so forget about Video Card, if you are going i5 that is...

    where do you live? You live close to a Microcenter?
     
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    thats good to know

    shoot, i forgot about the ram :( I guess I can just reuse my 8800gt for now then.

    I do not live close to a microcenter. I am living in college dorms right now, and Im going back to my hometown next week where I do live close to a microcenter
     
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    get the i5 750 from Microcenter... You plan on Overclocking? Maybe try to get used RAM from here... 2x2gb DDR3 should be fine
     
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    im not sure if im going to overclock or not.
    how much is the i5 750 at microcenter?
    and what about the cpu+mobo combos from frys?
     
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    oh forgot about that... if you want to bust the bank a little, i7 920 + MSI board at 350-20$ MIR and then get yourself 3x2gb of RAM :) Else let me look at the other ones
     
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    ehh you might want to see next week's deals if you are not tempted by that i7 920 :)
     
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    First I have to ask what you primarily use the system for.

    You can get an AMD Athlon X4 620 and a good AM3 (DDR2 or DDR3) under $200 easy.
     
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    I'm guessing this is for gaming, so that athlon x4 isn't ideal really...
     
  11. godbreath New Member

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    its actually for light gaming/server/htpc
    however, being the guy i am, I always like to run games on high settings on my 2408wfp :]

    i think ill just wait until a good i5/i7 combo comes up on frys for < $250 or so
     

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