Complete Upgrade from a P4!Need Advice!

yodi1980

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Hello everyone im here looking for a lil advice on my components I have a dell 8400 that can no longer handle WoW in raids or heavy Battlegrounds. My budget is 500 usd I dont need a case,dvd or blu-ray,or monitor. With that also i may play a few games like metal of honor or maybe even crysis. I have 2 displays i will be alternating a 19 inch ws 1366x768 Gaming mostly and a 60inch HDTV 1080p few gaming mostly watching movies. any advice given has to be built around an AMD chip and the hd4870 i cant afford the intel stuff atm.

CPU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103300 $63.50usd

MOBO:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157139 $79.99usd

GPU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161236 $164.99usd

PSU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148022 $69.99usd

RAM:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122 $45.99usd

HDD:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136113 $47.99usd

total cost: $486.46 shipping included
Total MIR: $65.00 not included in total cost.




 

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I had some advice on the build and newly picked products for you earlier but, damn computer froze at work so, ill have it setup for you when i get home here shortly.

some adjustments you can do to it, as in the apevia 680w/cpu type/gpu/mobo.

if your running a 1366x768, i dont know 100% for sure but, a 4870 wouldn't run that good on that low of a resolution, more likely to be looking at a 4830.
 

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103272
amd x2 6000+ $88.99, free shipping

Chose this one over the 7750, 6000+ clocked higher than it and but, costs a little more.

Been reading on ASRock more and more just to see why people wont choose them, most the reason is Bios flashing, Some people have trouble getting the Asrock BIOS
flasher to work, which may prevent a BIOS upgrade.

More to look at is ASUS and Gigabyte the most.

Gigabyte $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128376&Tpk=Gigabyte%20770

ASUS $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131340&Tpk=asus%20770

Yes they are 770's, what i would look at is the 780g's which is what the asrock is but, around $20.00 more. Worth it? I would say so. When it comes to quality, you want the most reliable.

Ram, that set looks fine, timings are normal as usual, if you wanted to spend more, look at the PI Blacks for Tighter timings. $10.00 more.

PSU: Now, I chose apevia from a 5min setup a while back and was basically yelled at, a big nono. :), psu/mobo/gpu, quality/most reliable product/brand comes first.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022
OCZ $79.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016
Antec. $79.99


Now for GPU, you chose the 4870 and your resolution is running a 1366x768, Reall rough on a 19inch, would look at a hd 4850. Now im not 100% sure on this but, been trying to read about this resolution. Would seem like a 4870 is overkill.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770
Sapphire 4850. $144.99

so,
$89.00 - amd x2 6000+ free shipping
$74.99 either way on asus or gigabyte.
- $89.99 for the gigabyte 780g or $94 for the ASUS 780g.
$79.99 free shipping - OCZ PSU
- $79.99 Antec PSU no free shipping
$144.99 free shipping hd 4850.
$45.99 on the ram you chose
- $54 for the more tighter timing G.skills PI Black.
$47.99 free shipping on the hdd you chose.

with the PI Blacks and the 770 board, it would be under $500 and then you also have M-I-R's.

with your ram and a 780g it would probably be a little bit over $500 due to adding tax's, maybe by a couple dollars, m-i-r's will bring it down.










 

yodi1980

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I wanted the 7750 for now but plan on upgrading to a PII 940 when the cash flow is steady again and also i do game on my 60inch. Also how much would the 4870 degrade my 19inch both cards are around the same price would make better sense to just get the 4870 for future games.