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Old 01-01-2018, 09:30 PM   #1
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Gaming Rig Upgrade Below $500

Hey all. I am planning to use Lazada to buy all the parts.

Current Setup
Windows 10
i5-3470
ASUS Motherboard(Can't rmb, I think Z70/Z170)
GTX 650
SSD 256 GB
HD 1 TB
450/550W
8 GB RAM

I am upgrading my motherboard, GPU and processor all at the same time. Is it possible to get a viable gaming rig below $500?
And also whether I need to upgrade my power supply for a new rig?

Potential Setup

Asus Expedition GTX1050Ti 4GB ($242) OR
Palit Geforce GTX 1050 Ti StormX 4GB GDDR5 ($230) OR
ZOTAC GeForceŽ GTX 1050 Ti Mini 4GB GDDR5 ($229) OR
ZOTAC GeForceŽ GTX 1050 Mini 2GB GDRR5 ($189)

OR

i3-8100 ($180) OR
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ASUS TUF Z370-PLUS ($267) OR
ASRock Z370 Pro4 ATX ($216)

// Wah I really suck at this CPU part. Last time $300 can settle now so ex sia. Can anyone suggest a better option for the CPU?

Also, I think for GP it boils down to the brand for me. Have anyone tried Palit and ZOTAC before?
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Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024 MB
Memory
Corsair ValueSelect 8 GB RAM
Display
Samsung C300 Series S20C300BL 19.5 inch LED-lit monitor
Storage
Samsung 840 EVO SSD 120 GB
Casing
NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case
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Thermaletake Smart SE 530W 87% Efficiency
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Old 01-01-2018, 09:39 PM   #2
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Your current specs still looks ok. Maybe slap a gtx 1060 to replace the gtx 650 can still be a beast gaming machine. If current machine having problems not advisable to upgrade to current gen machine due to expensive ddr4 rams now. Better to get replacement mobo from taobao if is mobo faulty or just replace the psu if psu faulty.

If really want to go for new setup can wait for b/h budget motherboard for 8th generation intel processor to save couple hundred bucks or maybe can wait for ryzen 2 to see how it performs against the 8th generation intel processor in terms of price/performance value for dollar.

Or if urgent have to buy now then would cost around $500-$600 for cpu/mobo/ram. Price abit on the high side due to unavailable budget board for intel and high ddr4 ram prices.

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Intel Core i3 4160 Haswell @ 3.6Ghz
Mainboard
Gigabyte GA-H81M-DS2
Graphics Card
Zotac Nvidia Geforce GT 1030 2GB GDDR5
Memory
Kingston DDR3 Ram 8Gb 1600Mhz CL11 in Single Channel Mode
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PNY CS1311 240Gb SSD / 1TB WD Cavier Green
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Coolermaster 650 Watts True Power 80 Plus
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:51 PM   #3
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Your current specs still looks ok. Maybe slap a gtx 1060 to replace the gtx 650 can still be a beast gaming machine. If current machine having problems not advisable to upgrade to current gen machine due to expensive ddr4 rams now. Better to get replacement mobo from taobao if is mobo faulty or just replace the psu if psu faulty.

If really want to go for new setup can wait for b/h budget motherboard for 8th generation intel processor to save couple hundred bucks or maybe can wait for ryzen 2 to see how it performs against the 8th generation intel processor in terms of price/performance value for dollar.

Or if urgent have to buy now then would cost around $500-$600 for cpu/mobo/ram. Price abit on the high side due to unavailable budget board for intel and high ddr4 ram prices.
Yeah, my desktop has been having issues powering up, though my CPU is able to boot up. Advisable to get Kaby Lake?

Also, do I have to upgrade my RAM stick if I upgrade my rig?
Processor
i5-3470
Mainboard
ASUS B75M-Plus
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024 MB
Memory
Corsair ValueSelect 8 GB RAM
Display
Samsung C300 Series S20C300BL 19.5 inch LED-lit monitor
Storage
Samsung 840 EVO SSD 120 GB
Casing
NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case
PSU
Thermaletake Smart SE 530W 87% Efficiency
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Old 02-01-2018, 01:05 PM   #4
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Your current system is on DDR3... New CPU and motherboard a lot are on DDR4.. So u maybe need to factor in $$ for new memory.
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Old 02-01-2018, 01:07 PM   #5
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By chaging the cpu platform, it would have gone over your budget.

Heck, changing just the gpu alone will easily over your budget

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Old 02-01-2018, 01:27 PM   #6
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Changing CPU means changing CPU+MB+RAM. $500 budget is not going to cut it with current DDR4 prices, not to mention including GPU.

Suggest you just change the GPU and save the rest of the budget for a new rig later down the road.
Processor
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Old 02-01-2018, 02:38 PM   #7
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So long you are gaming on 1080p, just use the $500 to get a gtx1060 or AMD equivalent. Probably might be able to squeeze in a PSU upgrade too.

Your budget not enough for full overhaul
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Memory
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:07 PM   #8
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So long you are gaming on 1080p, just use the $500 to get a gtx1060 or AMD equivalent. Probably might be able to squeeze in a PSU upgrade too.

Your budget not enough for full overhaul
I bobian man. My desktop is having unpredictable mood swings. Happy start, not happy cannot start. I can stretch my budget to $600 if possible. Do you think I should wait it out for budget motherboards compatible with Coffee Lake to come out? Any idea how long it'll be?
Processor
i5-3470
Mainboard
ASUS B75M-Plus
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024 MB
Memory
Corsair ValueSelect 8 GB RAM
Display
Samsung C300 Series S20C300BL 19.5 inch LED-lit monitor
Storage
Samsung 840 EVO SSD 120 GB
Casing
NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case
PSU
Thermaletake Smart SE 530W 87% Efficiency
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:15 PM   #9
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I bobian man. My desktop is having unpredictable mood swings. Happy start, not happy cannot start. I can stretch my budget to $600 if possible. Do you think I should wait it out for budget motherboards compatible with Coffee Lake to come out? Any idea how long it'll be?
lol... change board and psu?? then the rest pump in gpu? just get 2nd hand lga1155?

Board = 50~60?
PSU = 60~80?

The rest just whack a gtx1060 3gb??
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I bobian man. My desktop is having unpredictable mood swings. Happy start, not happy cannot start. I can stretch my budget to $600 if possible. Do you think I should wait it out for budget motherboards compatible with Coffee Lake to come out? Any idea how long it'll be?
My suggestion is to upgrade your gpu first as $500 is what you can afford at this moment.

Take some time to save up, maybe by then the budget mobo for coffee lake will be out liao. Then only then change mobo platform (cpu+mobo+ram)

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Old 02-01-2018, 09:55 PM   #11
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Thanks man everyone for the feedback.
The best course remedy is definitely replace the current motherboard and upgrade PSU. But I can't seem to find any motherboards that fit i5-3470 online sia. Siao lah. Know of any lobangs or physical shops I can go down and buy straight away?

P.S Just to confirm. When I on my desktop, got power and the internal fan can run but my peripherals and monitor machiam no signal like that. Can I conclude that the problem lies in either PSU or motherboard?

I don't mind replacing both.

P.P.S What's a LGA 1155?

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Processor
i5-3470
Mainboard
ASUS B75M-Plus
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024 MB
Memory
Corsair ValueSelect 8 GB RAM
Display
Samsung C300 Series S20C300BL 19.5 inch LED-lit monitor
Storage
Samsung 840 EVO SSD 120 GB
Casing
NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case
PSU
Thermaletake Smart SE 530W 87% Efficiency
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Old 02-01-2018, 10:18 PM   #12
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Thanks man everyone for the feedback.
The best course remedy is definitely replace the current motherboard and upgrade PSU. But I can't seem to find any motherboards that fit i5-3470 online sia. Siao lah. Know of any lobangs or physical shops I can go down and buy straight away?

P.S Just to confirm. When I on my desktop, got power and the internal fan can run but my peripherals and monitor machiam no signal like that. Can I conclude that the problem lies in either PSU or motherboard?

I don't mind replacing both.

P.P.S What's a LGA 1155?
Caraohell got tons of them. if u dont mind, u can even get i5 2400 full set at 150. I hooted one b4 - its an acer, so far still alive after 2 years!
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:37 PM   #13
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bring down ur whole system to a reliable shop to test they will prolly only charge u 20 to 30 bucks and if u change the part there maybe they will charge FOC for the service. but becareful high chances of kena carrot head too. so do ur homework first thn go down.
Processor
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Mainboard
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Graphics Card
Palit GTX 580
Memory
Avexir Core Series DDR4 2400MHz 2x8GB
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:47 PM   #14
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was told that the part that spoils usually are the motherboard, psu and ram. Processors hardly spoils. thats y u see old processors are often being sold. dk if its true will be glad if any1 can correct me?
Processor
i5 6500
Mainboard
Gigabyte H170-D3HP
Graphics Card
Palit GTX 580
Memory
Avexir Core Series DDR4 2400MHz 2x8GB
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Old 03-01-2018, 07:24 AM   #15
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Yeah I think I will be going down to Sim Lim walk a bit.

What brands would you guys recommend? ASUS vs MSI vs GIGABYTE vs ASROCK?

And also what are some of the trustworthy shops in SLS?
Processor
i5-3470
Mainboard
ASUS B75M-Plus
Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1024 MB
Memory
Corsair ValueSelect 8 GB RAM
Display
Samsung C300 Series S20C300BL 19.5 inch LED-lit monitor
Storage
Samsung 840 EVO SSD 120 GB
Casing
NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case
PSU
Thermaletake Smart SE 530W 87% Efficiency
OS
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