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I get $400 to upgrade my PC

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This is my current PC

http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c03363664

 

For the time being, Im ok with a Frankenstien PC, will eventually completely build a new one. A few things I have done:

Samsung 128GB SSD

AMD Radeon HD 7700 series video card (thanks TRex!)

450 watt power supply thanks to another friend

 

I have $400 to upgrade this puppy upon graduation. What should I do?

I would like to be able to play WOT on a much higher visual setting (playing with minimum, ~40FPS) and I do know at some point Im going to need a new power supply. Please halp!

 

 

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You might be limited by your CPU, given wot is only working on a single core. My guess is that this is your bottleneck.

 

So, I would say:

 

  1. Go for a new cpu on the same socket (won't cost much, but won't do much): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA6392081043&cm_re=socket_fm1-_-9SIA6392081043-_-Product
  2. Go for a new mobo+CPU:  http://www.newegg.com/DIY-PC-Combos/PromotionStore/ID-33

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if you're planning to eventually buy a new pc. just save that cash for it. or buy something for this PC that you will want to put onto the new one. such as

 

if you still have an extra power supply. use 2 power supplies for this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127832 also make sure your power supply has one 6 and 8 pin connector. or if you can use adaptors to get them that way.

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get a better powersupply.  think of your dream system and go from there....  this is something you can put into your new computer...   changing out your cpu won't really be all that noticeable...if you change your mobo/cpu then thats a new ballgame, but your powersupply would be underpowered.      top of the line gaming rig isn't needed for wot.  if a new mobo/cpu on a 400.00 budget build is what your after,  honestly that should hold you over for quiet a while...based on the rest of your rig.  so real question is... budget build with what you got, or build towards a completely new system.   

 

budget build  would be a mobo/cpu combo

build towards a new system would be a power supply with maybe a new cpu for your current mobo depending on cost.   

 

 

edit.  

 

your video card is better than mine.  I run a i5 2500 3.3  OC'd.  I also have plenty of cooling as the person who bought me this all got it from digitalstormonline.com  (they are way expensive don't ever do this, gifter was a moron when it comes to pc's and it was a surprise).       I run WOT just fine with graphics up.   I'm running a 6900 series video card.    I hope this information helps you with your decision.   I think a mobo/processor with a power supply down the road is the way to go, or try running both supplies...I think the kit that lets you do that is around 20.00 or you can splice your own wires.

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