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Lilgoebes23
  • 55 months ago

My budget for this upgrade is around $300-$400. I want to get better performance out of my system, although it runs great right now, I want a little more. What are the best upgrades I can make to this system?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LhYyhM

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU maybe... PSU for sure.

And i gave some software...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $0.00
Motherboard MSI A88X-G43 ATX FM2+ Motherboard Purchased For $0.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $0.00
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 380 4GB SOC Video Card $179.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.99 @ Amazon
Software Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016 $114.00 @ Adorama
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Red 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $0.00
Monitor Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor Purchased For $0.00
Other Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound and Cleaner Purchased For $10.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $419.88
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $399.88
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-23 22:06 EST-0500
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the PSU really that bad? Also, I have Office, is there something I could get instead of that?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You could get no software and spend the saved money on a ton of bacon instead.

Mmm, bacon.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

As good as that sounds, I would like to use the money on the PC.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

oh, Then an Antivirus...?

The Corsair CX is only good for Basic PC's

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

thats them, not me. i havent experienced it.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Which is why I commented that. It's referencing what you said in a way.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't need any software, looking for hardware upgrades

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

i gave you some.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I know and I appreciate that, but are there other hardware upgrades I can do with the $100 I save from not buying Office?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

People are having issues with that GPU like the card not turning off in shutdown, heat, and loud noise. Get the XFX 390 for $10 more.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not experiencing those issues. My Reference 380 is going average.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

But the card you included isn't a reference one, so you probably won't have the issues people are with that specific card.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Point taken.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $0.00
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $17.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI A88X-G43 ATX FM2+ Motherboard Purchased For $0.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $45.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Crucial MX200 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $0.00
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 380 4GB Video Card $199.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $0.00
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Red 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan Purchased For $0.00
Monitor Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor Purchased For $0.00
Other Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound and Cleaner Purchased For $10.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $364.66
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-23 22:34 EST-0500

I added first a CPU cooler so you can push an overclock on your CPU to try and get a little extra performance out of it. Next I doubled your RAM so you have plenty to play with. I then added an SSD, since that is the easiest way to speed up a slow system. Finally I added a new GPU, an r9 380, It is a really good card for the money and will give you much more performance than your current GPU.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Great thank you, those upgrades look great. Now, if I was to look at a new CPU, what one would you recommend? It can be Intel or AMD.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I have built systems with both before, if you are stuck in a budget I say look amd, unless you have a larger budget, to go intel with at least a 4 core it will cost you $400 ish, and really for the gain I do not think its worth it. I would say do the graphics this upgrade and get some supporting upgrades like a SSD. I would wait for another series of intel to come out when ddr4 is cheaper, in a year or so. If you want to switch to intel you can but that would most likely spend your whole budget. At this point your CPU is not going to limit your graphics so I would'ent bother.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the info, I will definitely focus on the GPU and such then.

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