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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  1. Please see this link: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    Post in this format please.
  2. 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)
  3. 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
  4. It is okay. Please take your time :D.
  5. Try this for a starter...:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227358

    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

    ~$700
  6. 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).
  7. Thank you, I will look those over. I hope the case has good airflow.
  8. 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=N82E16819115073

    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=N82E16813157271&Tpk=Asrock%20Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3

    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=N82E16820231314

    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=N82E16814133377

    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=N82E16822152185

    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=N82E16811119233&Tpk=haf%20912

    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=N82E16817139020

    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=N82E16827135204
  9. 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.
  10. 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=N82E16811129066

    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
  11. 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.
  12. 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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