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July 31, 2013 2:13:18 PM

Hi guys my current rig was made for me about 5 years ago and I was way too young to know what was in it and what it ment.

So now it is too old to get upgraded and updating stuff one by one isn't worth the money, time and frustration so I wanna go all over again.

What I want to use it for:

High performance in games in general. I mainly play StarCraft II but playing "modern" games is something I would love to be able to.

If it is possible to stream, then that would be amazing. I am aware that with this budget I won't be able to put out 1080 60 FPS + but just streaming with decent quality would be enough for me. (I am only streaming StarCraft2 anyways)

I am looking for room to improve my pc meaning the ability to drop in a decent new graphicscard into the board without it being slowed down incredibly (not necessairly though).

I would love an SSD to store windows on.

Any tips?

Edit: Also in my current PC I have 2 harddrives in a raid. If I get a new PC with just a tiny SSD I could redo my old one and get the 520 gig HDD out, right? I dont need more than that. Movies and stuff is stored on an external harddrive.

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August 5, 2013 8:17:56 AM

You should look at 120GB SSDs for OS, you can pick them up for around £80 if you look about (not sure where you're based so can't offer retail suggestions. I only know UK prices and such).

As for graphics card, take a look at the GTX 760. It'll play pretty much every game on the market. The very intense games won't be running at 1080p at 60FPS, but 30+ is more than playable. Older games like BC2, GTA4, Supreme Commander, FarCry 3 etc will all play perfectly at 50+ FPS. These can be bought for around £120.

For around £65 you can get yourself 8GB 1600MHz RAM, which is more than enough for most applications and lightning fast when coupled with an SSD.

Get a quality motherboard with room for upgrades. Get a board capable of SLI and maybe even room for more RAM down the line. This means in 6 months or a year when you have a few extra pounds, you can get a second GPU or up your RAM.

You should probably be looking for a good 650W PSU, or a cheaper 700W to make sure your machine will run even if you upgrade a little down the road.

And yes, you can use your old hard drive as a secondary drive to your SSD.
Don't bother with a 60GB SSD though, you'd be surprised how quickly you fill that with just programs and a little saved data.
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August 12, 2013 3:27:50 AM


Total: - €779.34
Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core - €154.59
ASRock H77M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 - €83.10
Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 - €59.90
Sandisk 128GB 2.5" SSD - €81.63
Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB - €241.97
BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower - €74.90
Zalman 600W ATX12V / EPS12V - €67.55
LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer - €15.70

Don't know if you want to re-use your case but if you do you can easily get a different motherboard. But, the Prodigy is a great little case.
This system is really powerful for the price and should do fine streaming as well. My personal system is very similar on the same sort of budget and it works great and can handle anything I throw at it. Good luck!
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August 12, 2013 5:00:05 AM

What country are you in?
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August 12, 2013 5:05:40 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
What country are you in?


It won't make too much difference as long as it's Euros.
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August 14, 2013 1:21:58 PM

Thanks! Atm I am really busy but I'll look through it really really soon. And no, I dont want to reuse my old case I want one that allows me great cabeling.
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October 17, 2013 2:36:35 AM

Well, a Mini-ITX will not let you SLI or Crossfire in the future.
The Silverstone Sugo SG09 is smaller than the Prodigy in size, can fit a microATX which you can SLI or xFire, and with a modular PSU and the Silverstone PP05 cables you`ll do a nice cable management.
But if you don`t mind the size, you could go with a MSI Z87 G45 Gaming, a cheaper i5 from the new Haswell technogy available, and the Antec 1100 case.
It`s a case with awesome airflow for the only 2 fans it has, and the cable management is very good with it.
Sorry if I can`t provide you with some links, but I`m at work atm.
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November 29, 2013 11:10:59 PM

I can make a list for you, you want AMD or Intel?
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November 29, 2013 11:32:56 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2bPXq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2bPXq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2bPXq/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($138.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GS 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ Amazon) or Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1084.90/798.06 Euros or less if you choose HDD
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-30 02:32 EST-0500)
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