Updating old to new 600$ max?

I don't know how to really ask this so stick with me here. I have a heavily modded HP PC(HPE-400f). I have currently a Corsair GS600 PSU, EVGA GTX 660 SC, Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD(2 WD Black 1T HDD for storage).

Currently it is the stock MB and processor which is a AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 945 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.0GHz , And if I remember right 8gb 1333ram.....

I'm just currently looking to get new CPU, MB, RAM, and a case.

Maybe around 600$(USD) max range just to upgrade those is about my budget. It will be used for gaming with friends and everyday internet use. Enough to get it past next 2-3years hopefully before I'll do a whole build from scratch.

If you guys need anymore information, let me know, thanks.


This should tide you over for quite a while and leaves you with a hundred dollars left in your budget to choose a different case if you prefer or go up to the FX-8350.  Plenty of options.

I chose an FX-8320 with a good aftermarket cooler so you can do some overclocking.  The Asus motherboard is well reviewed and has good support for the 8 core processors.  There's 16GB of RAM, which should be more then enough for any gaming/video editing.  The case has good cable management, airflow, and plenty of room for expansion.

For $600 you can get a really good chip and board,

AMD Platform:

  • FX 8350 8 Core CPU at 4GHz

  • 16GB Corsair DDR3



Intel Platform:

  • Intel Core i7-3770K 

  • ASUS P8Z77-V LK 


  • 8GB G Skill Memory



And this case with both platforms:

NZXT Source 530


First off, I'd like to thank you guys for helping me with this. I been thinking about it for quite a bit now but never really knowing which I should go with. I looked at both of your parts listed for the AMD side and this is what I put together, kinda mix matching. I also threw in Windows 8.1 OEM 64Bit(wish I could keep W7 :/) for total 616$(16$ over isn't going to kill me).
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2RqrU Also I think 8GB will be enough till I get extra $ to buy the other 8GB since I never really maxed ram even on this PC.

Why can't you stick with Windows 7? You can get the 64-bit OEM cheaper for than 8.1. It's not much cheaper but you could still have it. 


With Windows 7, you are only $2 over budget. 


I'd do this in a heartbeat... best case on the market, good mobo, excellent CPU, good RAM, good CPU cooler... room to upgrade mobo or RAM if you want to get it at $600... but you don't need to upgrade from Windows 7... it isn't an upgrade

IMO if you have room in the budget for Intel it's not smart to do otherwise... it's faster... multithreading only shows itself on multithreading benchmarks and HEAVY CPU loads... in everyday use the Haswell i5 is faster than the 8350 by a good margin (60% in single-threading, which most tasks are)...


Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990fx

RAM: I don't really think you need it.  

Case: It's subjective but I recommend the Fractal design define r4

CPU: 1100t

MoBo: CrossHair IV Extreme

Case: Whichever you want

Gfx chip: R9 290

EDIT: If 290 is more than 500$, choose GTX 770

No need for such expensive RAM.  These ADATA sticks will perform just fine.


Also, a full tower case is indeed VERY BIG.  I suggest looking into mid-towers instead.

No. just no. Do not recommend a 3 1/2 year CPU and think you can just chuck a R9 290 in with it. The CPU is old and doubtful you could even find one.

The fx 6300 is a newer, cheaper, more powerful CPU and even then except with mantle, It would bottleneck a 290. 

OP, if you can get a 8320/8350, ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 and a low to mid range case, go for it. You obviously dont need a new GPU and there would be no point in cheaping out on CPU and Mobo for a better GPU that would be bottlenecked.

Is it kind of bad that my mouse is hovering over the report button after seeing so many terrible posts from rabidz7?

no I think he is legitimately trying to ruin peoples builds sometimes.

And thats why I do not stand for people like this.

I'd get an 1100t for the sole fact that it was the last great AMD CPU.

How is it better than a 8320/8350? How in the world can it beat the price vs performance of the 8320?

Not to mention the 1100t consumes 70% more power for similar performance.

rabidz7 can have his opinions about what processor OP should get and that's fine. But the moment you guys start throwing harsh words at each other not building on the conversation we have an issue.

But I think the error here is that he is recommending a part that is outdated and doesn't perform compared to some newer pieces on the market. Since OP is buying some new part I think it's atleast logical to buy a newer (possibly more future proof 2-3yrs as op said) part.

Thank god for mods :)

Just so this is public~ I am online almost 24/7 either doing school, work, gaming,... you get the idea. I just don't have the TS page on top. So please feel free to add me on steam or send me a PM if there's anything that should be looked at.

I was actually notified about this thread via steam.

Darn I tried a different mod :/