$200 (USD) budget (+/- 10%), for an upgrade

By B00kWyrm
Jan 11, 2016
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  1. What would you do, and why?
    Here is the existing system...
    • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (x64) Build 7601
    • Service Pack: Service Pack 1

    • Processor : Intel Core i5-3570K (Not overclocked, stock cooler)

    • Motherboard : GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H
    • BIOS : American Megatrends Inc. Version F5

    • PSU: Corsair AX750

    • Memory Devices: Crucial Ballistix Sport
    • 8192 MB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM (x2)
    • Current Timing: 9.0-9-9-24

    • Video Adapter : Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000

    • Storage Devices: C: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB - (recent upgrade from a smaller 830)
    • D: Western Digital Green 2TB WD20EARX
    • Removable: Lite-On iHES212 12x Internal Blu-ray Combo

    Yes, I overbuilt... I know.
    I am satisfied with my monitor setup. (I like to work with a dual monitor setup).
    I am considering now upgrading the graphix adapter from the integrated Intel...
    But... wondering what anyone else would consider, and why.
  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,535   +288

    If you have a desire to display more demanding graphics, then I would recommend a graphics card, but it seems you have a well balanced powerful system which is working properly. Why mess with success?

    If this describes where you are, I would tuck the money away against future needs. Stuff breaks.

    Alternatively, I might consider the upgrade to Windows 10 and have the cash in reserve if some need arises.

    Lastly, I might invest in a strong backup system, perhaps 3 128GB flash drives which I could rotate (grandfather, father, son).

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