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June 30, 2013 5:02:02 PM

I have finally decided that I would like to upgrade to a desktop to improve gaming and need help. I play mostly WoW but also hope to have a system that will be able to play new games well for the next few years, as I plan to make the switch from console gaming. I have included the price of a second smaller screen, to replace the current laptop screen, i like to have it for non-gaming uses where I prefer the smaller size. The budget is roughly $750 I would like to come in at less so I can also replace my cheap wireless mouse and keyboard with better corded versions but that is not necessary at the moment. If there is any improvement that would come in a little over budget but would be worthwhile I will also consider it. I have included a CPU cooler but am not sure if it is needed.

I have a Compaq that was my parents which had the motherboard go bad, I am planning to use the 500gb hard drive and the disk drive from that computer. If it is possible I would like to be able to put the OS and WoW on a SSD but that puts it slightly over budget.


Approximate Purchase Date: next few weeks

Budget Range: ~$750 including OS and monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: everything except hard drive, disk drive, and current larger monitor

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: prefer amazon (have prime), newegg, tigerdirect or any other trusted site with quick shipping

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Raleigh, NC The only local store I know of is Tiger Direct

Parts Preferences: intel

Overclocking: willing to, but inexperienced

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: dual monitors 1366x768 a 720p 26" lcd tv which i would like to be able to upgrade in the future without making hardware changes, 1280x1024 for the 17" monitor i priced

Additional Comments: Mainly upgrading to play WoW at 60fps on ultra or high settings, and to start playing other games on high settings

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I currently play on a laptop connected to a second monitor and often play at ~30fps on low settings and drop below 10fps at times

I have been doing some research and so far this is the list of components I have, which is mostly from this article in may http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-budget-gaming-p...

Case
$70 - NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-RD Black SECC steel chassis Computer Case
I really like the temp gauge but I can add one to another case if there is a better option.

Motherboard
$50 – ASRock B75M-DGS Rev.2.0 LGA1155 SATA 6Gb/s USB3 Micro-ATX:

CPU
$180 - Intel Core-i5 3350P Quad-Core Processor 3.1 Ghz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637i53350P

Video card
$200 – EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2GB

RAM
$60 - Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit

HDD
$60 - SanDisk 64 GB Solid State Drive with Low Power Consumption SDSSDP-064G-G25
Free - 500gb seagate barracuda 7200.11

Optical Drive
Free - dvdr drive from compaq

PowerSupply
$65 - SilverStone 600W Single +12V Rail ATX 12V v2.3 80 Plus Certified Active PFC Power Supply ST60F-ES (Black)

CPU cooler
$35 - Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-GMM4-16PK-R2)

Monitor
$55 - Lenovo 9417HE2 17" Class LCD Monitor - 1280 x 1024, 800:1 Native, 5ms, VGA, DVI, Energy Star

$91 - win 7 64bit home premium OEM

Total - $796 with SSD, $736 without all prices from amazon except monitor

Sorry for the long post, I hope I included all the information needed. Thank you in advance for looking this over and providing me with information.

Chris

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a b C Monitor
June 30, 2013 6:28:10 PM

So, you also need a smaller monitor to use beside your bigger one?
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June 30, 2013 6:32:15 PM

Madn3ss795 said:
So, you also need a smaller monitor to use beside your bigger one?


I do, but I do already own the bigger one.
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a b C Monitor
June 30, 2013 6:56:49 PM

Taking advantages from all the deals laying around, it's possible to get you a good gaming system with a nice 120gb ssd that won't go too high over your budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.90 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.49 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: HP LV2011 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $755.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-30 21:55 EDT-0400)
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July 1, 2013 4:05:10 PM

Thank you for the quick replies, I do have two questions. First Would there be a benefit to using the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2GB instead of the MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card. I know this would push it over budget, but would this just be an unnecessary upgrade or did you change it for cost savings? If using the GTX 660 2GB would I still be able to use the case you suggested? Second for informational purposes is there any performance difference between 1x8gb and 2x4gb of RAM, or is it a price difference?

Also I have decided since some of the deals expire on the 4th I will be ordering either tomorrow or Wednesday, thank you again for the quick replies and help

edit: The case you recommended is now sold out, is there another good cheap option, or what should I look for in a case.
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a b C Monitor
July 1, 2013 6:42:49 PM

Yes, a GTX660 will definitely benefit in higher FPS. But the price increase doesn't worth the performance increase if you ask. 2*4gb will yield a bit higher performance, doesn't really make a different in daily use unless you use professional rendering/designing softwares a lot.

Hmm ok that Spike ran out of stock. You should get this case instead : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-s210002 Another solid case that's on sale.
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July 1, 2013 8:58:37 PM

Thank you again for the quick response, I will be ordering parts tomorrow and will hopefully get to put it together this weekend.

Chris
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a b C Monitor
July 1, 2013 9:00:28 PM

You're welcome :)  Don't forget to pick the best answer when everything got solved :bounce: 
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