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Building A Gaming PC for SWTOR

Hello everyone. I am trying to build the fastest computer I can for $1200.00. I have the case, OS, mouse, keyboard, and monitor already purchased. Can anyone give me the best setup for 1200.00. Also, I am confused about memory speed now. Last time i bought memory I got 1333mhz now there is 10 million choices to pick from. The main problems I am having in chosing componets are memory speed and a very good motherboard for gaming. Also would love some info on a really fast video card for my budget (best bang for the buck). I tend to like Raedon more than NVIDA. Thanks for the help in advance
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    Hello everyone. I am trying to build the fastest computer I can for $1200.00. I have the case, OS, mouse, keyboard, and monitor already purchased. Can anyone give me the best setup for 1200.00. Also, I am confused about memory speed now. Last time i bought memory I got 1333mhz now there is 10 million choices to pick from. The main problems I am having in chosing componets are memory speed and a very good motherboard for gaming. Also would love some info on a really fast video card for my budget (best bang for the buck). I tend to like Raedon more than NVIDA. Thanks for the help in advance


    The current specs to Max out everything on SWTOR are pretty light. For $1300 you can easily do this, I would recommend

    i2500k Oc to 4.2-4.5 -$219
    Get an after market cooler for the CPU -$30-50
    ASRock gen 3 motherboard $130
    DvD/Bluray drives-$30-80
    560Ti and above or 6950 and above $200-500 depending on what you want
    1TB HD $70
    Whatever case you like $50-200 Get something with good cooling
    Windows 7 - $100-180
    PSU for you could be 500watt-1000 watt depending on what you

    You can build alot of nice systems with that budget, its all up to you and your preferences being IntelvsAMD and ATI vs Nvidia.
    you can get into a nice setup for $800-1300
  2. NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)- x4

    Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    •HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready (plan to OC it to 6970)

    •Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

    •Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-850M 850W ATX 12V

    •ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 (motherboard)

    Would you change anything spec'd out so far?

    Current total- 1100
  3. if you are trying to build the fastest computer you can for $1200 without having to spend money on a case/os/monitor/per's then yeah go with the 2500k/2600k/2700k

    But if your budget is 1200 and you want the best comp for Swtor then I say you go with an I3-2120 and spend the extra on a 100$ on the video card.

    Considering what you need.

    i5-2120 - 115$ (Intel just dropped the price)
    Z68 Single PCI-E mobo - $125

    (If you don't plan to Xfire/SLI within 6-9 months of building this PC then don't bother spending extra money on a board with 2 slots. Most people who ask weather or not to go SLI or upgrade to a new gen usually get pushed to the new gen. In doing so the whole premise of adding an xtra card for power down the line becomes a moot point.)

    1/2gb 6950 - $230/270 - You can get a 6950 that can be flashed to a 6970 for around $250. Personally I like the Gigabyte Windforce 2 GTX570 that can be easily OC'ed to 580 speeds without much increase in temp.

    You prefer AMD though so your best buy would be a flash-able 6950.

    DVD Burner/Blu Ray - $20/90

    SSD/HDD - Hard Drive Prices are rising fast, so you can expect to spend about #2/gb on SSD and about $.05-.08/gb on HDD.

    PC-1600 8gb(2x4) DDR3 - $50 - Intel native speed for all I/series CPU is 1.5v 1333, You can put up to 2133 in most Intel Z68 motherboards and have it work fine. I would suggest going with the 1600 because of price/perf. You can also go with a higher CAS Lat Ram for about $20 more.

    PSU - $100 ($120 Modular) Unless you absolutly plan on going with an SLI/Xfire setup, a quality 650w PSU is by far enough to power everything. I personally like Corsair, Silverstone & Seasonic.

    That alone will be between $800-$1000, depending on Combo-ing/Free Shipping/Tax and HDD/SSD price fluxing.

    You have room to upgrade your CPU to a 2500k/2600k/2700k for sure, but I don't think it is actually something you need. You will see better gains by spending more on a Videocard or SSD than spending the $100/150 on a CPU/cooler for OCing.

    I would not buy a 2500k+ CPU if you do not plan on running it at 4.5ghz+ 24/7.

    Full disclosure - I run a i5 2500k @4.7ghz 1.39v 24/7 w/ Gigabyte GTX570 @ 900mhz.
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    NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)- x4

    Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    •HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready (plan to OC it to 6970)

    •Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

    •Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-850M 850W ATX 12V

    •ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 (motherboard)

    Would you change anything spec'd out so far?

    Current total- 1100


    Sorry I didn't see your post, I thought it was another build.

    I would go with a Crucial M4 SSD Drive, the 128gb have a very low fail rate.

    The IN-Win BUC Case is a fantastic buy at $84.99, Looks and feels sturdy not cheep and is light when everything is installed. All edges are finished and it is painted on the inside. I was very impressed with the build of this case recently after using Antec 900's for the past 5-6 builds.

    Like I said above, make sure the Video card bios can be flashed to 6970, not all 6950 can do that. I would suggest the Twin Frozr III from MSI if that is your goal.

    And again, if you don't plan on overclocking then you are better off saving some money on the CPU. the I3-2120 is more then enough to not bottleneck your video card for the next 3/4 years.
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  6. Dumb question, but how do i determine if it is flashable or not. Thanks for all the info so far! Any help is good help.
  7. I want to option to CF or SLI. How complex is it to OC the I5 2500k to 4.5 +? And does a SSD really improve your permformance that much from a typical HD?
  8. G an i5 is not hard tell 4.6 then it get finicky and you have to fine tune. Just buy a good CPU cooler and it will do it itself.

    Yes Ssd are amazing for performance but reliability is suspect.

    If you plan on doing Xfire, I say do it from the get. When it comes time to add a second in a year or two, you could have trouble finding one and or it could cost just as much as a new card that has the power of two Old ones.

    2x6850/6870 might be alittle more then the 6950 but less than a 6970.

    Posted from IPhone, grammar and spelling ftl.
  9. Well I upgraded to the SSD you suggested but how do I tell if the video card I want is flashable, so i can OC it to 6970. What section of the specs to i need to look under? Thanks for all the awesome info.
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    First things first. Don't Crossfire/SLI unless you need to. Just go with a single, high-end card. The one I listed below is a killer card, with a great factory OC. It also features a switch to enable the 6970 bios. It sucks buying a mechanical hard drive right now, hence the abnormally high price. The PSU and motherboard will allow you to add another 2GB 6950 to the mix down the road, and the cooler will allow for a nice 4.5GHz+ overclock.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    $214.99

    CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    $34.99

    MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    $124.99

    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Low Profile Desktop Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    $49.99

    GPU: SAPPHIRE Toxic 100312TXSR Radeon HD 6950 2GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951
    $289.99 ($20 MIR available)

    SSD: Crucial M4 128GB SATA III
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148448
    $214.99

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SI/dp/B001U3S5S0/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1319573695&sr=1-2
    $99.99

    Optical: Sony Optiarc 24x DVD Burner w/ LightScribe
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118040
    $19.99

    PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 750 v2.3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049
    $99.99

    TOTAL = $1149.91 before any applicable tax/shipping/rebates
  11. Awesome setup! Thanks for the much needed information.
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