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a b à CPUs
December 22, 2010 7:40:48 PM

i have done some research on my upcoming PC purchase. my last comp (dell) lasted about 8 years. I want a computer handle an older game that does not require too much computer power (ultima online) while other applications are running.

I am looking at an H55 MB and and i3 CPU (or better price permitting)
i want a video card with 1GB
1TB (min) HD with at least 7500 rpm
6GB memory or better

I also want a case that will allow me to upgrade
my questions are:

is the 300GB velociraptor worth the money or will 7500 rpm keep my system running fast?

is it worth it to go with intel or save a little and go with AMD?

what is a preferred graphics card that i will not have to upgrade for a while?

what is a good case to consider? psu on top or bottom?

is liquid cooling necessary/worth it?

thanks for any help.

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a b à CPUs
December 22, 2010 8:32:04 PM


a b à CPUs
December 22, 2010 8:55:09 PM

$700 range
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a b à CPUs
December 22, 2010 9:19:47 PM
a b à CPUs
December 23, 2010 11:58:35 AM

i like it, thanks... do you prefer AMD over intel or were you just going with that for cost?

can you use customize through Cyberpower, IBuyPower, etc. to get these parts? I have never built a computer and would be afraid to mess it up.
a b à CPUs
December 23, 2010 12:38:46 PM

For what you stated your needs are, AMD would be the best bang for the buck.

Good recommended build mosox. :) 
a b à CPUs
December 23, 2010 10:43:33 PM

Prebuilt systems are more expensive. You can put it together yourself, it's easy:


* COOLER MASTER Elite 310 Black Mid Tower Case, ATX, No PSU, Plastic/Steel
* ANTEC Basiq BP550Plus, 550W, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, One 6-pin + One 8-pin PCIe
* GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H, AM3, AMD® 880G, DDR3-1866 (O.C.) 16GB /4, PCIe x16 CF /2, SATA 6 Gb/s RAID 5 /6, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID /2, VGA+DVI, HDMI, USB 3.0 /2, HDA, GbLAN, FW /3, ATX, Retail
* AMD Athlon™ II X3 445 Triple-Core 3.1GHz, AM3, HT 4000MHz, 3x 512KB L2 cache, 95W, 45nm, Retail
* ARCTIC SILVER Ceramique Thermal Compound, Ceramic-Based
* KINGSTON 4GB (2 x 2GB) ValueRAM PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
* SAPPHIRE Radeon™ HD 5670 775MHz, 512MB DDR5 4000MHz, PCIe x16, DVI, DP, HDMI, Retail
* SAMSUNG 500GB SpinPoint F3, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200-RPM, 16MB Cache, OEM
* RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
* SONY AD-7261S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM
* NONE No Operating System (Choose OS or subject to Limited Support)
* WARRANTY Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)

but it's better to get the parts.
a b à CPUs
January 3, 2011 11:54:57 AM

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