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$600 upgrade (GPU, MOBO, RAM, PSU)

Hello community!

There is a computer me and my friend want to upgrade so that it can run (if possible) nicely upcoming game Star Wars: Battlefront. Minimum requirements are:

Processor (Intel): Intel i3 6300T or equivalent
Memory: 8GB RAM
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB


Budget: As for budget we have 2500 zł or ~670$, but since prices of pc components are a bit higher here than in US, I will put relevant price tags after conversion on parts that I think might be worth buying.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks.

So the current relevant parts are these:

Motherboard: MSI H55M-P31
CPU: Intel i5-760 Processor 2.80 GHz
GPU: Nvidia GTX 430
RAM: Elixir DDR3 4GB 1333 MHz
PSU: A noname 500W psu

Since it seems that sw battlefront is much more dependent on gpu than cpu my idea is to
pririotize upgrading GPU. My choice would be GTX 970 which costs here ~400$.

Then we should upgrade motherboard since MSI H55M-P31 supports only up to directx 10.
Unfortunately I don't know much about motherboards so no idea which one to choose, budget would be around 100$(400zł) I guess.

Next important thing is RAM. I think about buying one 8gb stick which costs here around 70$ to allow further upgrade to 16gb some time later.

Finally I wouldn't like to hazard newly bought parts with cheap unknown psu so my pick would something like Corsair cx builder series 500w for ~70$.

With this setup and leaving i5 760 for upgrade later I believe it could run sw battlefront well enough.

Or perhaps we should get cheaper gpu and get better cpu?

Thank you very much for your time.
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  1. Sell your CPU+Mobo+Ram, with that you will get the money for GTX 970
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $671.84
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-18 16:31 EDT-0400

    *** You will face CPU bottleneck [Intel i5-760] with GTX 970
  2. RababNoor said:
    Sell your CPU+Mobo+Ram, with that you will get the money for GTX 970
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $671.84
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-18 16:31 EDT-0400

    *** You will face CPU bottleneck [Intel i5-760] with GTX 970


    Well you see, the build you sugggested costs here ~870$ so its quite a big difference. And selling parts here is quite difficult and time consuming.

    If the budget would be 470$ how would you upgrade this rig?
  3. Best answer
    sinkacy said:
    RababNoor said:
    Sell your CPU+Mobo+Ram, with that you will get the money for GTX 970
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $671.84
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-18 16:31 EDT-0400

    *** You will face CPU bottleneck [Intel i5-760] with GTX 970


    Well you see, the build you sugggested costs here ~870$ so its quite a big difference. And selling parts here is quite difficult and time consuming.

    If the budget would be 470$ how would you upgrade this rig?


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 960 4GB Video Card ($207.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $381.86
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-19 06:30 EDT-0400
  4. Processor is fine just upgrade a psu and a gpu maybe some ram and youll be in the clear to run most games at 60fps max out.

    gtx 960
    corsair 550
    ripjaw 16gb ram
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