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Help picking out a CPU

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by UltimateZebra, Oct 29, 2012.

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  1. UltimateZebra

    UltimateZebra Thread Starter

    Dec 9, 2011
    Looking to upgrade my PC to run games on high/ultra or medium within a budget of $400-$450 if possible

    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2100 @3.10GHz
    • RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Dual-Channel DDR3 @665MHz
    • Hard Drive: 1.0TB
    • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    • Graphics: Zotac GT 430
    • Power Supply: 300W
    • Motherboard: Acer Aspire M3970

    What're the steps I need to take in order to have a PC capable of running most games relatively well and new games releasing?

    My thoughts were getting a new GPU, PSU and switching over to a better computer case would be the fix, then realized the CPU may hold the PC back since it's only dual core...

    If I need to upgrade the CPU that pretty much cuts my budget in half since Intel is so damn expensive, what do you guys think would be my best option or route to go?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    Why bother upgrading a basic Acer? This is something many people waste their money, time, and effort on way to often on when they really should sell the system as is and buy/build a proper gaming system. Even after you upgrade the graphics card, power supply, processor, and case, you will still be left with a low quality Acer motherboard. Save your money, then sell this PC as a whole and do it right. But that's simply my opinion.

    By far the biggest thing holding you back is the graphics card, it's simply not a gaming graphics card. For the graphics card to work you will need a better power supply. You could live with the case and processor, the processor isn't that bad.
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