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gate1975mlm
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[Parts Check] Help with buying parts for a new computer?

Hello,

Can you guys help me with either picking parts or buying an already built desktop computer for around the $600 or so range? I do have some parts in my current computer that I can use to save some money like a ATI Radeon HD6570 video card and a PC Power and Cooling S61EPS 610W Power Supply. And I already have a monitor.

ATI Radeon HD6570
»www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005P7···F8&psc=1

My power supply is 7 years old but has given me no issues at all.
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···17703005

What are your thoughts on using a 7 year old power supply in a new built computer?

I would like a one of the newer Intel Core i5 and a motherboard with the latest connections like USB3.0 and SATA 6GB and maybe a 128 SSD drive for OS And maybe 8GB memory. I will need a new case also as my current case does not have usb 3.0 ports on it.

Also are Intel motherboards still the most stable? I know they sometimes have less feature then other brands but I know when I bought my last motherboard the intel's were known to be very stable.

I just want something that will feel nice and fast for everyday use.

thanks

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power supplies do deteriorate over time. It depends on how heavily it was used. If it was for a parent that only turns on the machine to check email once a week that is one thing but it sounds likely that this machine is used more heavily than that.

For everyday use you really shouldn't need an i5 setup. No gaming involved? If not you probably won't beat a big name box, like a dell, especially if you need a new copy of windows because your present copy isn't retail.
What are you running now and what is the specific performance issue? You may not need a complete rebuild to get decent performance.


kingdome74
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With no gaming an i3 would be perfect. Graphics off the chip are decent enough so that shaves off a vid card. Jam about 16GB RAM and you'll be booting 7 in less than 15 seconds. Personally if you can work on your own computer then build your own. I just hate throwing my money to Dell, etc. Here's a neat place to help with parts and prices.

»pcpartpicker.com/

The search tabs on the right are the best I've seen for narrowing down what you want for each part.
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reply to gate1975mlm
The parts look about right, but you may be able to save money with the recently released Core i3-4130 rather than an i5. The Intel mobo's are still the most stable but the Haswell mobo's seem to not be as available as the previous generation, especially the Z87 one is currently hard to find and expensive when you do find it.


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gate, you might consider a SSD in your computer.

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BlitzenZeus
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Why do you want to buy a basic 6570, and want an intel processor? Just use the onboard video until you're ready to buy a real gaming video card.

Buy a new psu, do you want to risk an old psu failing on new hardware?

The i3 3225 is an haswell i3 processor with the intel 4000 graphics, but I would recommend an basic aftermarket cooler as it tends to run a little hotter than the 3220.
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n_w95482
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He already has the 6570. Depending on the game and settings, it appears to be quite a bit faster than the HD 4000.
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With regards to the SMPS: If you buy a new one, you can get 80+ Gold or Platinum efficiency maybe. What you have IS 80+, but you might compare for higher efficiency just to see if it is worth it.

The supply might be just fine, though after 7 years it won't produce QUITE as much current support at it did when new, but the drop varies depending on unit, how heavy use has been, and the quality of the power feeding the unit.
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gate1975mlm
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Thanks for all the advice!

My current desktop has the Intel Core 2 Duo 6400 with a DG965WH Motherboard, AMD 6570, 4GB DDR2 Ram and a 7200 RPM Hard Drive.

Do you think if I just added a SSD Drive it would greatly improve the loading of apps and the OS as a whole? The computer is about 7 years old so I wonder if it would make sense adding a SSD Drive to a 7 year old pc vs just buying a new one.


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My guess it would be faster but not the way you think it might be. I have a SSD drive on a SATA II mobo and while it is faster it's not the bump I thought it would be. By changing everything over to SATA III is going to be a major operational speed upgrade.

From how you describe your needs I think you'll be disappointed by anything you could do with your current computer. Obviously you'll need a new mobo, CPU, RAM, SSD, and a PSU. Buying a prebuilt might be a bit cheaper but you get quality control if you do it yourself. Fortunately the prices for what you want are pretty cheap comparatively speaking.
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reply to gate1975mlm
For everyday use I don't see why a 6400 dual core should be inadequate.

If what you are primarily wanting is faster app loading time then an ssd might be a good investment. You don't need to get a big one and should be able to spend less than $100.
You can always install it in a new machine if you decide you want to go that direction, so it isn't like the money is thrown away if it doesn't give you the results you want.

If your system is becoming more sluggish your biggest problem may be OS bloat and/or malware. Your simplest and cheapest first option might be to back up personal data and reinstall the OS.


kingdome74
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Excellent advice as usual. I just want to add if you do purchase a SSD make sure it's for SATA III in case you build or buy a new one down the road.
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Will a SSD for SATA III require a low-voltage power connector which a 7 year old PSU is unlikely to have?

BlitzenZeus
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If the psu is too old to have the connections you can convert a power plug just as easily for a few dollars, otherwise a new psu wouldn't be a bad idea for being so old anyway.

With that said ssd will not make the processor, memory, or gpu run any faster. At the most the os will load a bit faster when installed to it, and programs will load a little faster. It's a luxury item. I've ran operating systems from a usb 2/3 drive, and they work fine, so it's just a matter of loading speed. Once programs are in memory the ssd isn't going to help anymore until more things need to be loaded from the drive.
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