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Finishing a First Build - Need GFX, PSU, & Storage

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April 1, 2013 7:03:15 PM

So a bit of background first before the template: I'm currently working on finishing my first build. Money problems due to a car accident have forced me to delay actually buying the parts until recently. However, the graphics card I was going to buy is currently no longer available on most sites and at a premium if it is. So I need to switch out what card I was going to get, but this complicates getting a PSU as well. In addition, I have more money now than back then and was hoping to get a better storage unit than what I originally planned, so I'd like some help with that as well.

Approximate Purchase Date: This upcoming weekend, the 5th at the earliest.

Budget Range: $400 - $600 after shipping, preferably.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Coding, 3D Modeling, Internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: Wisconsin

Parts Preferences: Whatever's best

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 currently

Additional Comments: Needs to be able to support OpenGL, along with Dota 2 & Anno 2070.

Why Are You Building: My current computer was a mid-range model 8 years ago, and it's on its last legs for sure. And it certainly can't run today's games at all.

The parts I already have:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR
NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
ASUS 24X DVD Burner

The parts I'm looking at:
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II 1GB GDDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card - N560GTX-TI TWIN FROZR II - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Antec EarthWatts EA750 GREEN 750W 80 Plus Bronze ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply
Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Thanks for your help in advance!

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April 1, 2013 7:09:41 PM

I would suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($286.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $515.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 22:07 EDT-0400)
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April 1, 2013 7:10:52 PM

Actually, with your resolution, this would be good:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($105.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $334.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 22:10 EDT-0400)
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