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New Gaming PC - Help before buying this weekend!

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September 2, 2010 7:19:44 PM

Hi everyone,

I've recently been noticing that my PC doesn't meet my needs (newest games aren't running well and some photo apps take a bit long to execute certain tasks). I was actually thinking of just doing a CPU, RAM and MB upgrade but I've decided on upgrading more...Since I've used Tom's hardware for all my previously builds, I'm hoping to get everyone's expert help again.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks (Thinking of taking advantage of Labor Day deals)

BUDGET RANGE: 1200 - Max 1500 (after taxes, shipping, etc)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Internet, Office

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS, Case, DVD Drives (although see comments below)

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel - Quad Core CPU

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050 for now...May get a bigger monitor down the road

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS : I have a NAS for all my documents, pictures and movies so I'd rather get a SSD for speed than high capacity hard drives.

Also, my current system is:
Core2Duo E6600 @2.4Ghz
ASUS P5B Deluxe
NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS 512MB
2GB RAM (CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Power Supply
3 x 320GB Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drives
2 x DVD-RW Drives
Antec Performance One P180B Black 0.8mm 4 x HDD ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I'm thinking of two options here...
1) Repurpose my old machine as a HTPC. If I do this, I'll need to buy a case too
2) I try and sell off some old components and basically gut everything and start from scratch

What do you think? Would the above system make a good HTPC after i get a cable tuner or should i just go with option 2?

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September 2, 2010 10:20:33 PM

That will work as a perfect HTPC as long as you make sure the system is quiet. I say keep the parts, buy a tuner, a case, and maybe some quiet fans or HSF.

BTW, still running a P5B-Deluxe here too.
September 3, 2010 3:28:11 AM

OK - If I do build a system... which do you think is best from the below configs (Its been a while since I last built a PC so appologies if there are any major issues)...

INTEL BUILD
CPU "Intel Core i5-760 - 209
MB ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA - 180
RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - 92
PSU CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V - 109
GPU EVGA 01G-P3-1373-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) - 240
DVD LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader Model iHOS104-08 65
Case Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 60
HD OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 151

Totals roughly 1100 + tax and shipping

AMD BUILD
CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 - 280
GPU XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB - 280
MB ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard 120
RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - 98
PSU CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91- 130
DVD LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader Model iHOS104-08 65
Case Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 60
HD OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 151

Totals roughly 1200 + tax & shipping

Would you make any significant upgrades anywhere? Ideally i'm looking to stay around $1200 but can go a little higher if you think its worth it...
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September 3, 2010 1:14:03 PM

Anyone have any suggestions?
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