Looking to upgrade parts $800 budget

  1. Ok so I'm looking into getting some new parts because my stuff is starting to show age. I like playing on high-ultra settings in games but some of the newer games I have problems with. So I want to upgrade and get a new motherboard, CPU, CPU fan, 8gb RAM, and a case. For the case and CPU fan I'm wanting them to run as quiet as possible. My budget is $800 so try to not go over on that. If you think I need to replace my PSU or GPU or anything else just let me know otherwise I'm just going to take those out of my current comp and put them into the new case with the new parts. If I forget to list a part just ask and I'll list it.

    My specs are:
    Windows 7 64bit Home Premium
    4gb Patriot RAM
    Corsair 720 watt PSU
    HIS Radeon HD 5770 1gb memory
    Intel Core 2 Duo @ 3.0ghz
    Gigabyte Motherboard model EP45-UD3P
    600gb Hard drive
  2. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    What is you normal screen resolution?
  3. ComputerGod91

    ComputerGod91 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 74

  4. ComputerGod91

    ComputerGod91 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 74

    Bump? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  5. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Posts: 884   +171

    I noticed you wanted to keep your GPU from your previous system. Unfortunately... You will not see that much of a performance increase for games by upgrading all parts except your card. With that said.. I have put together a little build within your budget with a new card included.

    CASE: CoolerMaster HAF 912
    MOBO: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M
    CPU: Intel i5-3570k
    RAM: Gskill Ripjaws 8GB 1600
    GPU: Asus HD 7850
    CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo

    All comes to about $760 before shipping.
  6. ComputerGod91

    ComputerGod91 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 74

    Cool. Thanks for the help. So you say that without upping my GPU I won't much see a difference? Ah well. The only thing that worries me is the motherboard you linked. It only has 2 reviews on it. Don't know how big a deal that is. Also the case looks a bit odd.

    So how big of an upgrade would you say this is from my current PC?
  7. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Posts: 884   +171

    While the board does not have a lot of reviews. The ones it did received were good. Also, the board came from one of the recommended builds created by the Techspot staff. I am sure they wouldn't recommend a bad product.

    While the case does lack in looks. It does provide great features for the price. Here is a review on the case.
    http://www.techspot.com/review/316-coolermater-haf-912/page4.html

    This will definitely be a nice improvement over your current system. The performance increases should be noticeable in all applications and games.
  8. ComputerGod91

    ComputerGod91 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 74

    You make a good point.

    Yea, it does have some nice features to it. I watched the video on newegg. Plus it has 2 fans in it where as the case I got only has one that is really loud.

    That's good to hear. I'm really hoping that this build will allow me to play Witcher 2 on settings around mid-high without FPS issues. As I am currently running it on lowest and it still has FPS issues. So All that is missing is the PSU and the Harddrive and I can just swap those over from my other comp and everything will be fine?
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,289   +262

    Witcher 2 is a very, very demanding game, but you will probably get decent performance from the rig Blkfx1 suggested to you. I just recommended a very similar build to a buddy of mine to get him back up and running (3570k, ASRock Z77 Extreme 4, 8GB of Ripjaws, CM 212 Evo) and he kept his old 5870. Everything is running quite well for him now, though he doesn't have Witcher 2 to test. If you're looking for a slightly larger case the 922 is also excellent and very roomy.
  10. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,353   +122

    No you'll probably need to reinstall windows.
  11. ComputerGod91

    ComputerGod91 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 74

    Why would I have to do that?
     
  12. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,353   +122

    Windows configures itself specifically for the hardware it's been installed on.
    In fact, you will probably need to contact micrsoft and "switch computers" so that the license is valid for your new one, though I can't remember if that's possible to do using an OEM version, it may be only retail.
  13. ComputerGod91

    ComputerGod91 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 74

    I had a copy I got from Frys so its retail. What do I need to do about that?
  14. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    Um you need do nothing more than reinstall the OS, and make sure you have only one active copy of Windows running.
  15. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,353   +122

    I think that's what you'll need to do... However, if you have problems I think they can be resolved easily by telling microsoft that you've uninstalled and moved it to another computer, which is perfectly within the license agreement.
  16. ComputerGod91

    ComputerGod91 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 74

    What do you mean have only one copy of windows running? If I'm re-installing my copy of windows I don't see how I can have more then one running
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,485   +292

    Right, you say you are reinstalling. But the hardware is a lot different. Microsoft doesn't just automatically know the previous hardware you had it installed on is not in use. So to them it could very well look like you are running the same single license on 2 different computers. You may not get flagged on it, but you could, in that case you have to deal with reactivating Windows when MS thinks you are cheating them. Like HK said, you just tell MS what happened and all is cool, last time I did this it was over the phone through an automated system.
  18. ComputerGod91

    ComputerGod91 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 74

    Oh ok. So then if it acts like its a new computer then I'll have to call them and go through that. I got it. So I have another question. If you ever change any parts out of your computer and don't reinstall windows does that cause problems? Cause I've swapped out my PSU and GPU before with this computer and I never knew that the OS knows the difference.
  19. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,353   +122

    I'm also not sure exactly how windows decides, but I think that it does need to be a core component, namely the motherboard usually. I believe that even the CPU is okay.
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,485   +292

    I've seen something on how Microsoft decides, but it isn't one sole component, or even 2. I don't remember it exactly, but it factors in stuff like a MAC address change (network card change), motherboard, cpu, not sure what else. Many times you can do hardware swaps, I'm about to try (tomorrow when it comes in) swapping motherboards but keeping the CPU, GPU, HD, and DVD drive. We'll see if I have to reactivate. :D
  21. ComputerGod91

    ComputerGod91 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 74

    When you say reactivate, the OS realizes that its not the same computer? Like a message will come up?
  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,485   +292

  23. ComputerGod91

    ComputerGod91 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 74

    So can someone recommend a different GPU that is equivalent or better then the one the first guy linked? I don't know when that one is coming in stock again. Although I do have about another month before I buy all the parts and I have auto notify on.


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