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Windows 7: $480 Budget to Upgrade my PC

15 Feb 2015   #1
Durdy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
$480 Budget to Upgrade my PC

So I have $480 to spend to upgrade my pc, I prefer if they're on amazon.

AMD Quad-Core A6-3600 (2.1GHz), 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 6530D are my specs.


I want to upgrade my cpu or gpu, would I need a new motherboard and power supply?


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15 Feb 2015   #2
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

One of the biggest improvements is an SSD.

This is IMHO the best.

Amazon.com: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM): Electronics

I just keep my OS and games on it.

Everything else on a separate hdd.
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15 Feb 2015   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

$480 should allow you to do quite a bit.

You could change platforms entirely:

New motherboard 110

New CPU: 200

New graphics card: 170

Something like that.

Probably continue to use existing RAM.

I'd probably do that rather than just get an SSD. You've got fairly weak CPU by today's standards--it scores 2795 on the Passmark CPU benchmark.

Scores of other CPUs for comparison:

PassMark - AMD A6-3600 APU - Price performance comparison

The Radeon 6530D video card scores 517 on the Passmark video benchmark. That's a pretty low score, but we don't know if more powerful graphics would help you. It depends on what you do with the PC.

Is gaming a primary purpose for this PC?
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15 Feb 2015   #4
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote:
I'd probably do that rather than just get an SSD
That suggestion was just a starting point.
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15 Feb 2015   #5
Durdy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Is gaming a primary purpose for this PC?
Yes it is.
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15 Feb 2015   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Typically, for a gaming PC the best bang for the buck is to improve the graphics capability, rather than CPU or hard drives. 8 GB of RAM should be enough.

I don't game, but if you list what games, resolution, and settings you want to use, maybe someone with gaming experience can make suggestions.

For $480, my guess would be that you'd want to upgrade more than just the graphics--perhaps the CPU as well. I don't know how much of a CPU upgrade you can make on that AMD socket.

For general purposes, an SSD would be the first upgrade I'd make, but I have heard that it has only a small impact on gaming. If this is ONLY a gaming PC, maybe an SSD upgrade would be wasted. We don't know how much non-gaming stuff you do. Or if you can adjust that $480 to maybe $550.

I'll let others with more gaming and AMD knowledge take over.

Give as much more detail as you can about how you use the PC.
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15 Feb 2015   #7
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7TE120BW)


Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Gigabyte AMD Radeon R9 280 OC 3GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2Mini Display Port PCI-Express Video Card GV-R928WF3OC-3GD

this should be around your budget keep your current cpu or upgrade i would do that you have a APU it's pretty solid i would actually get a SSD and a new GPU possibly a new PSU

Also this is the Highest APU you can upgrade too after that it's Athlons series i would just stick with A8 3870K Amazon.com: AMD A8-3870K APU with AMD Radeon 6550 HD Graphics 3.0GHz Unlocked Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Processor - Retail - AD3870WNGXBOX: Computers & Accessories


So I would upgrade the CPU

A8-3870K

Samsung 840 EVO

GPU-R9280

New Psu maybe unless you already have a 500watt then you should be good and you can overclock the A8 unlocked Multiplier

So far with just this your Budget is $363.97 add about $50 in tax and shipping you could upgrade to a 250GB SSD and still be under $480 by just keeping the motherboard and ram and just installing a new CPU
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16 Feb 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

New board and cpu, stay with AMD and it will be cheaper, you just might have enough left for an SSD.

SSD 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III 120GB | Samsung Solid State Drives

A good graphics card and PSU are gonna cost some bucks, so I would start saving for that after you upgrade.

I recommend EVGA or Corsair PSU`s at least 750 Watts.

EVGA - Products - EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 Power Supply - 220-G2-0750-XR

HX Series HX750 Power Supply

And stick with an AMD card as Tommy recommends.
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24 Feb 2015   #9
Durdy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Would it be possible for me to include two r90x if I had enough money? What about a fx 8350 CPU? Let me know all the parts I would need for this.
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24 Feb 2015   #10
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Durdy View Post
Would it be possible for me to include two r90x if I had enough money? What about a fx 8350 CPU? Let me know all the parts I would need for this.

If you are looking towards that kind of bang for the buck then give me a Number and will make a rig that will be up to what you are looking for if you could afford 2 R9290X then i would just go and build a 8370 FX sabertooth MB 16GB RAM 1x 980 or even 970 because a 970 will kill a 290x easily

By the way if you are curious why i said 8370 because they redid the L1 L2 Cache and better all around than a 8350 a little faster in much respects but pretty much the same chip different name
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