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
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.
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.