Planning to build a PC
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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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)
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)
Try this for a starter...:
iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 549Q6 Desktop PC Phenom II X6 1055T(2.8GHz) 4GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity AMD Radeon HD 6570 (1 GB) Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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=N82E16811139008. 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=N82E16819115078 $125.
PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017 OCZ 600W plus a DVD burner thrown in for $50 after rebate.
RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220557 $33 after rebate.
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 $60.
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102925 $200.
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157251 $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).
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
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
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
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -
Bare Drive $59.99
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $60
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
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
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
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