Question Budget upgrade $500 or less

Jun 19, 2020
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I'm planning to upgrade my cpu, mb and ram, hdd and case for around $500 or less. My main goal for this setup is computer gaming. I normally play lol, cod mw, minecraft, fortnite, and other steam games.

Below are my current specs and planned upgrades, any pointers on these changes, Thanks!

Current -

Central processing unit (CPU) - AMD FX(tm)-4300 Quad-Core Processor 3.80 GHz
Motherboard — aka, mobo or mainboard - GA-78LMT-S2 Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Rev.1.2 Socket AM3+ DDR3 Micro ATX Motherboard
Memory (RAM) - 2x 8.0 GB Corsair Vengence DDR3
Graphics processing unit (GPU) — aka, graphics card - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Storage — SSD and/or HDD - Toshiba 1TB
Power supply unit (PSU) - EVGA 650BQ
System cooling — CPU cooling and chassis airflow - Fans
Case - CyberPower PC



Desired -

Central processing unit (CPU) - Intel Core i5-9600K - 200

Motherboard — aka, mobo or mainboard - Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X - 150

Memory (RAM) - 32 DDR4 2X16 - 120

Storage — Seagate BarraCuda 4TB Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch Sata 6 Gb/s 5400 RPM 256MB Cache for Computer Desktop
PC – Frustration Free Packaging ST4000DMZ04/DM004 -95

Case - MUSETEX ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case 6 RGB LED Fans 2 Translucent Tempered Glass Panels USB 3.0 Port,Cable
Management/Airflow, Gaming Style Window Case(903-D6) -120
 

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I'm planning to upgrade my cpu, mb and ram, hdd and case for around $500 or less. My main goal for this setup is computer gaming. I normally play lol, cod mw, minecraft, fortnite, and other steam games.

Below are my current specs and planned upgrades, any pointers on these changes, Thanks!

Current -

Central processing unit (CPU) - AMD FX(tm)-4300 Quad-Core Processor 3.80 GHz
Motherboard — aka, mobo or mainboard - GA-78LMT-S2 Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Rev.1.2 Socket AM3+ DDR3 Micro ATX Motherboard
Memory (RAM) - 2x 8.0 GB Corsair Vengence DDR3
Graphics processing unit (GPU) — aka, graphics card - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Storage — SSD and/or HDD - Toshiba 1TB
Power supply unit (PSU) - EVGA 650BQ
System cooling — CPU cooling and chassis airflow - Fans
Case - CyberPower PC



Desired -

Central processing unit (CPU) - Intel Core i5-9600K - 200

Motherboard — aka, mobo or mainboard - Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X - 150

Memory (RAM) - 32 DDR4 2X16 - 120

Storage — Seagate BarraCuda 4TB Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch Sata 6 Gb/s 5400 RPM 256MB Cache for Computer Desktop
PC – Frustration Free Packaging ST4000DMZ04/DM004 -95

Case - MUSETEX ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case 6 RGB LED Fans 2 Translucent Tempered Glass Panels USB 3.0 Port,Cable
Management/Airflow, Gaming Style Window Case(903-D6) -120
4tb is often too much for most PCs. Don't bother with "future-proofing", only buy what you need. Invest in an M.2 drive or SSD as your boot drive and then buy a 2tb HDD for game storage. I recommend either the Meshify C by Fractal or h500 by NZXT for a case. 32 gigabytes of RAM is a waste of money for casual and competitive gamers unless you are a streamer. The rest looks okay, but I do recommend you not be as verbose in any upcoming posts. For example, there is no need to say "central processing unit" or list out all of the features of a case or hard drive. It saves you and others time to abbreviate component names (GPU, HDD, PSU, SSD, CPU).
 
I'm planning to upgrade my cpu, mb and ram, hdd and case for around $500 or less. My main goal for this setup is computer gaming. I normally play lol, cod mw, minecraft, fortnite, and other steam games.

Below are my current specs and planned upgrades, any pointers on these changes, Thanks!

Current -

Central processing unit (CPU) - AMD FX(tm)-4300 Quad-Core Processor 3.80 GHz
Motherboard — aka, mobo or mainboard - GA-78LMT-S2 Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Rev.1.2 Socket AM3+ DDR3 Micro ATX Motherboard
Memory (RAM) - 2x 8.0 GB Corsair Vengence DDR3
Graphics processing unit (GPU) — aka, graphics card - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Storage — SSD and/or HDD - Toshiba 1TB
Power supply unit (PSU) - EVGA 650BQ
System cooling — CPU cooling and chassis airflow - Fans
Case - CyberPower PC



Desired -

Central processing unit (CPU) - Intel Core i5-9600K - 200

Motherboard — aka, mobo or mainboard - Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X - 150

Memory (RAM) - 32 DDR4 2X16 - 120

Storage — Seagate BarraCuda 4TB Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch Sata 6 Gb/s 5400 RPM 256MB Cache for Computer Desktop
PC – Frustration Free Packaging ST4000DMZ04/DM004 -95

Case - MUSETEX ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case 6 RGB LED Fans 2 Translucent Tempered Glass Panels USB 3.0 Port,Cable
Management/Airflow, Gaming Style Window Case(903-D6) -120
What's the refresh rate and resolution of your monitor? I would suggest you to get this upgrade for your budget:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($166.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Green 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.88 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair SPEC-04 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Corsair)
Total: $495.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-19 22:58 EDT-0400


P.S: I would suggest not getting another HDD if you already have a 1TB HDD, only get the SSD. 1 TB of HDD storage and ~500 GB of SSD storage is enough for most people unless you like hoarding stuff. Also avoid a case upgrade if possible, it'll let you save up some money for a better SSD and, in the future, you could get a faster GPU with the saved money sooner than if you buy a case now.
 

ocer9999

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What's the refresh rate and resolution of your monitor? I would suggest you to get this upgrade for your budget:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($166.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Green 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.88 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair SPEC-04 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Corsair)
Total: $495.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-19 22:58 EDT-0400


P.S: I would suggest not getting another HDD if you already have a 1TB HDD, only get the SSD. 1 TB of HDD storage and ~500 GB of SSD storage is enough for most people unless you like hoarding stuff. Also avoid a case upgrade if possible, it'll let you save up some money for a better SSD and, in the future, you could get a faster GPU with the saved money sooner than if you buy a case now.
Good comments, the only thing I would say is that for that B450 price you almost get a B550.
https://www.newegg.com/asrock-b550m-pro4/p/N82E16813157939?Item=N82E16813157939&Description=b550&cm_re=b550-_-13-157-939-_-Product
 

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