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Partlist to upgrade an old Ivy Bridge prebuilt computer

SuperM4Tanker
  • 52 months ago

Hello I have my old prebuilt Alienware x51 gaming desktop which I keep at a family member's house to use when I stay over their house, and the machine is getting a tad bit old now and since its 2016 I was wondering what parts I should consider to upgrade the machine. My budget is $500 for the upgrades. And I'm going to be using the machine for gaming, streaming, and making videos.

The machine is a 2012 model Alienware x51 it has a Intel Core i3 3220 socket LGA1155, the graphics card is a OEM Nvidia Geforce GTX 645 Kepler architecture graphics card with 576 cuda cores 823mhz core clock and 1gb of video memory, the machine also has a 1tb 7200rpm Seagate hard drive and 8gb of GSkill Ripjaws ram that I recently upgraded from the 6gb of ram that the machine came with

heres a few links to the parts that are in the machine so anyone looking at this post can get a bit more detail on what I have in the machine: Processor: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i33220 Harddrive: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003 Video Card: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-645-oem Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

Notes: The system has a ITX board in it and it needs a blower style card in it because of the limited air flow in the machine also the Alienware uses a power brick (yes a actual giant power brick) that is 240W and I can buy a upgraded power brick from dell (http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&sku=332-1432) that is capable of 330 watts that is capable of supporting gpus as power hungry as the gtx 970

Also a little side note I don't mind shopping for used parts

and one more thing I need a BLOWER style video card because the computer has no exhaust fans and I tried a 750 ti with a non blower cooler and it just overheated the machine

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I recommend saving up to at least $800-$900. With this kind of budget, you can have an i5-6500 with an R9 380. This combo can run games at high settings. You can reuse the HDD. For the RAM, 8GB of DDR4 will be more than enough. For the last part, a 550W PSU to power your enitre PC. I recommend the EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Can the motherboard overclock? What chip set is it using?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I would do this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $87.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 380X 4GB PCS+ Myst. Edition Video Card $186.49 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan $6.99 @ Newegg
Other Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz $129.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $549.94
Mail-in rebates -$59.00
Total $490.94
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-20 11:00 EST-0500

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