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My first time building a PC, need some advice!

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November 1, 2013 7:31:14 PM

Hi guys, as someone who has stalked these forums for some months now, i figured it time to create an account and get building.

I'm considering building my first PC, and as you can probably guess, it's pretty scary.
Now my current PC is by no means outdated, i got it late 2009 and it was ridiculously powerful then and is still one of the more powerful computers i have had the pleasure of using.
Here are some of the more important specs:
8gb RAM
Intel Core i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz
1TB HDD
NVIDIA Quadro 600
ASUS Xonar DX sound card
HP TS-H653TN optical DVD/CD drive

Now the reason i want to build a new PC is that, as great as my current one is, it's a Small Form Factor (SFF) tower with absolutely no more space for upgrades.
I have recently entered the professional scene in DOTA2 gaming here in Australia and i am currently studying video editing, animation, special effects, rendering and all that jazz at uni.
I'm starting to feel frame rate drops and it's simply not getting the breathing air it needs. Hence why i need to make a couple changes here and there.

As far as i am aware, i can salvage alot of my current hardware for the new build.
I am hoping to keep the CPU, HDD, Sound card and optical drive.

The main changes i wish to make are:
Adding a SSD for booting windows and running my programs (Adobe suite mostly).
Upgrading my video card to something a little more powerful since the new tower will not be SFF i can fit something a little more beast in there.
A new power supply, this ones hit its limit and due to it being SFF, upgrades are virtually non existent.
A new MOBO, theres no use sticking with a SFF MOBO if im getting a Mid size tower.

I believe its safer to simply get new RAM? Correct me if i'm wrong, money is money so if i don't have to buy more then brilliant.
I also think it would be fine re-using my current HDD as storage? Again, correct me if im wrong.

Here is a link to all the new components i'm looking at buying:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1W9pH

You'll notice i still have a new HDD listed there, if i cannot re-use my current one then that is what i was thinking of getting, i most certainly do not need 2 1TB HDD's.

So, will this work? Im not going to blow everything up? Will i have a noticeable difference with this new build? Opinions? Tips? Anything really, your advice is well appreciated.

Thanks for sticking with me through this wall of text.

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November 1, 2013 7:37:33 PM

What is your budget?

Do you need to stay is the $1000 range?
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November 1, 2013 7:53:45 PM

At the moment the only change I would make is a GTX 760 as opposed to that 660 ti. The performance increase is small but still existent. The reason for the price increase is $20 less in mail in rebates. Which could be a selling point.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($279.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1033.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-01 22:52 EDT-0400)
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November 2, 2013 2:41:46 AM

leigh15 said:
What is your budget?

Do you need to stay is the $1000 range?


Preferably yes, after all i'm looking at this as more of an upgrade to my current PC rather than a new PC, if that makes sense. A little sway either way isn't a problem, but if there's a cheaper way to do it then i'm all for it.
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