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June 21, 2011 7:49:10 AM

Hey I wanted to build a new computer. My current one is pretty old (8800GT and Athlon X4 620) and wanted to get nicer stuff for the holiday games and everything else.

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably two or three weeks.

Budget Range: $600 - $700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games

Parts Not Required: I have monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers. Also, I have some stuff from my old prebuilt HP. Would I be able to use the hard drive and RAM?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com, though newegg has tax and amazon doesn't, plus free shipping (for a lot of things).

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: I wanted one of the Intel i5's but anything works.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I had a rough idea for a build.

Motherboard
ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU
Intel i5 2400 (should i get a 2500k instead?)

GPU
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular LED Power Supply

Case
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

DVD Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

Total: $625.90 (before tax and shipping)

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June 21, 2011 9:19:33 AM

Check the rig in my sig :) 
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June 21, 2011 3:53:52 PM

Ok, thanks. Does anyone know if I'm able to use my old hard drive on the new computer, so I don't have to get a new OS and hard drive?
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June 21, 2011 3:57:52 PM

You should be able to re-use your hard drive if it is decent (meaning SATA instead of IDE) but you'll have to reinstall your OS. If you have an OEM OS the only way you can legitimately re-use it is if your old motherboard died and you had to replace it with the new one. Of course you might be able to reinstall and reactivate windows just fine, you never know.
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June 21, 2011 6:32:01 PM

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Intel only supports SATA, so be sure your HDD is a SATA HDD before ruling out the OS/HDD.

Your build looks fine. Just change the motherboard to this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cheaper and you get SATA III and USB 3.
Also just leave the i5 2400, unless you're planning for sure to overclock, no need for the 2500K. The i5 2400 is a solid performer.
@ your resolution spend a little more and bump up your 6870 to a 560 Ti OC'd. That'll add about $65.
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZ...
Review: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms...
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June 21, 2011 7:22:29 PM

aznshinobi said:
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Intel only supports SATA, so be sure your HDD is a SATA HDD before ruling out the OS/HDD.

Your build looks fine. Just change the motherboard to this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cheaper and you get SATA III and USB 3.
Also just leave the i5 2400, unless you're planning for sure to overclock, no need for the 2500K. The i5 2400 is a solid performer.
@ your resolution spend a little more and bump up your 6870 to a 560 Ti OC'd. That'll add about $65.
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZ...
Review: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms...


Thanks, updated my OP.
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June 21, 2011 8:04:11 PM

Just so you know, the 560 Ti is actually a great deal, it's stock OC'd to perform at the 570 (reason why I posted the review!)
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