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Can I make this crappy "extreme gamer" into an actual "gamer" without spending more than $500 - $600?

wjas66

38 months ago

Not knowing anything about gaming computers, I purchased my 12 yr old son one simply based on the description of "Great price for Extreme Gaming". Needless to say, my son is frustrated with this computer. I really messed up on this trying to be cheap. I have since researched this and it's now clear to me where I went wrong... I should have researched first...lol. A lesson well learned.

I'd like to see what I can do with what he has now to make this a good gaming computer. I'd like to keep it under $600 worth of upgrades if possible, but will do what I have to.

Here's what he has:

https://www.overstock.com/Electronics/CYBERPOWERPC-Gamer-Xtreme-GXi8600OS-with-Intel-i5-6600K-3.5GHz-Gaming-Computer/10411435/product.html?TID=MyAcct:MO:OR:ProdName

In this huge tower is:

Mobo - Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151

GPU - Zotac GeForce GT730

CPU - i5 6600K 3.5 GHz

PSU - SPI 350W

RAM - 8

Would I be able to simply replace the gpu and psu, then increase ram to obtain good results?
I would really appreciate any suggestions. Would be great to surprise my son with a decent gaming computer, since this one is causing him to shout some surprising language at 12 yrs old.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I would definitely say get at the least a 1060, 8 more gigs of ram, and 500w psu. An SSD would be nice, but not necessary.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

^

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

A Z170 motherboard to OC the 6600K could also improve performance.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

But the SSD doesnt directly affect performance it will reduce load times and boot times.

Also, with a GTX 730, I dont think he has a 1440p montior or something super fancy. Its likely a 1060 with a motherboard, a PSU and the SSD would be a better option.

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  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

But you are still within budget.

Added a cooler since I doubt they would have provided the greatest cooler by default.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $43.53 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI Z170A SLI PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $137.84 @ OutletPC
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $61.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB GAMING Video Card $244.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $568.34
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-21 12:04 EDT-0400

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