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September 3, 2011 2:10:58 AM

Hi, I am planning to build a gaming PC for around $500-$800. Although I am still debating whether or not if I should upgrade my Dell Studio XPS 8000 instead. The specs of that computer are: Intel i7 processor, 8GB ram, GTS 240, 350W PSU. My current computer has very little room to upgrade, I have researched and I would need to upgrade the PSU and the graphics card but then I run into a problem with the air flow. There is very little room inside the PC and it will overheat when I am playing video games. The GTS 240 will be idle at 90C with a GPU load of 1%-10%. I am wondering if it would be better to build a new gaming PC or upgrade the Dell Studio XPS 8000.

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September 3, 2011 3:16:40 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 6 months

Budget Range: $500-$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Homework

Parts Not Required: none

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Not sure (please recommend some for me)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I also have a Dell Studio XPS which I am planning to upgrade. (Read original post for story)
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September 5, 2011 1:54:05 AM

I am sorry I didnt get back to you somehow your post got lost on my tracking. I will be back in a few hours and I will get you a build by tonight if someone else doesnt beat me to it .. Once again sorry
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September 5, 2011 2:05:10 AM

It is okay. Please take your time :D .
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September 5, 2011 2:29:04 AM

It depends if youplan to salvage any parts from your old build. I will assume not and this is what I suggest:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... I like Corsair's toolless designs and cable management. You can also consider Antec and Coolermaster cases in the same price range for good booling at a decent price. $100.

Processor: i3 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $125.

PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OCZ 600W plus a DVD burner thrown in for $50 after rebate.

RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $33 after rebate.

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60.

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $200.

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $105.

This means that you salvage your keyboard, mouse and speakers from your present rig. But total cost is $680 (approx) after rebates and before shipping or tax (if any).
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September 5, 2011 2:40:08 AM

Thank you, I will look those over. I hope the case has good airflow.
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September 5, 2011 5:45:49 AM

Alright it took some working but here you go. This is an Intel i5 2500 Sandybridge Build. Let me start by saying it is $43 over budget. However you can easily drop to a sandybridge i5 2400 and save $20 more. Anyway it is slightly over your budget like I said but its a solid future proof build that you wont regret spending the extra $50 on.

Also the case has great airflow and there should be no heating issues period with this build (i saw you mentioned that earlier)

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA

1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: PNY VCGGTX560TXPB GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

Ready SLI Support Video Card $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -

Bare Drive $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified

Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling: stock heatsink will be fine

DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $21
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 5, 2011 4:08:24 PM

Thank you cgleckman! I just set that price range because Im still a high school student. I can spend $1000 if I wanted to but I guess $50 more is okay.
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September 5, 2011 4:27:24 PM

insidiousmc said:
Thank you cgleckman! I just set that price range because Im still a high school student. I can spend $1000 if I wanted to but I guess $50 more is okay.


Unfortunately its about to be slightly more for 1 reason.

I recently learned that the HAF 912 only comes wth 2 fans (both 120mm) I would suggest dropping $20 on a 200M fan for the top or buying addition 120MM.

HOWEVER Another option is

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since the Antec case has free shipping it will cost you only $5 more then the HAF 912, however it will also give you all the fans and airflow you will need
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September 5, 2011 9:32:56 PM

Thank you, if I get the case I would get the Antec one :D . I am deciding whether if I should upgrade my Dell Studio XPS 8000 or build a new one at the moment.
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September 5, 2011 9:58:26 PM

insidiousmc said:
Thank you, if I get the case I would get the Antec one :D . I am deciding whether if I should upgrade my Dell Studio XPS 8000 or build a new one at the moment.


I would personally suggest a new one.
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