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Looking for Advice - Upgradeable First Build for Gaming

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March 22, 2013 12:27:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next 30 days

Budget Range: 600-700 After Rebates; Before Shipping (not including OS)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, Surfing & streaming shows)

Are you buying a monitor: Nope

Parts to Upgrade: I have a blue-ray player from my laptop - is that compatible with a desktop? I'm not sure how to look up the product information from my laptop.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Open

Location: New York City, NY

Parts Preferences: Prefer best option

Overclocking: If it's not difficult to do - sure!

SLI or Crossfire: Don't think my budget afford this?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p - using plasma tv

Additional Comments: I'd like to use this PC for games like, WoW, League of Legends, SC2 and thinking about Skyrim. I hope I can use my plasma TV as a monitor. I think I may need a wireless card so I can store the modem/router elsewhere for cable management purposes. I'm curious if I need to invest in a wireless keyboard too. I don't need a TV tuner because I can't get regular TV service.

I'm not a hard core gamer but when possible, I'd like to enjoy the most out of graphic intense games without compromising too much on performance. I had some performance issues while raiding in WoW and it was a bummer that I needed to tone down the graphics to make it through the encounter. I understand my budget may not allow for it, but it's something I'd like to consider.

And - would it be possible to plan for upgrades so that I never have to buy another pre-made ever again? Or does technology evolve that at every X years, there's a significant upgrade in hardware that I'll need to consider doing this again?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop's (HP HDX 18) dying - had it for 3 years and I think I burned out the graphics/motherboard - it shutdowns when I try to play games and it randomly shuts down when I have IE & Mozilla up. I've cancelled my cable services because I could stream shows from my laptop to my TV and it's 90% of what I'm doing now - oddly enough - the laptop doesn't shut down when I'm streaming a show or a movie.

I basically have no knowledge of hardware and I find it a bit overwhelming to read about all of the options that are out there - so I don't know sh*t from chocolate.

Thank you for reading, I would appreciate any and all feedback.
March 22, 2013 2:15:09 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($103.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $696.42

you can get an adapter to fit a laptop optical drive into a standard 5.25 inch bay. you also will still have room for a second 7870 xt for crossfire down the road but you should be good with those games.
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March 22, 2013 3:18:28 PM

Thank you - much obliged!
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