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Gaming/Telecommute System Review

Last response: in Systems
November 23, 2011 9:18:03 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next two weeks

Budget Range: $400-$600 Before rebates (don't trust them)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games (WoW, Champions Online, SWTOR, Civ V), Work from home (SQL Server, C#.Net Compiler), Surfing, Word Processing

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, Optical Drive, Case, PSU - PC Power and Cooling S61EPS 610W )

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Best bang for buck

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: I need this system to last 36+ months. I can do incremental upgrades (the MB supports up to i7s). I thought about going a little cheaper on the CPU and GPU, but I figure that's the last place to skimp.

Here's what I'm looking at, I would like some feedback on my choices and if everything is compatible.

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100 $110

ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $80

Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX $27

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $95

MSI N560GTX-M2D1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $190

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $100

Total is $596

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November 23, 2011 9:39:50 PM

Changes recommended!

Your 560Ti is too overkill which is a waste of money...
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November 24, 2011 2:24:44 AM

faithwarrior118 said:
Thank you very much for the RAM suggestion. That is a great idea.

On the video card, if I was going to buy a 550Ti, wouldn't dropping down to a ZOTAC ZT-40408-10P GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card for essentially the same price ($149) make more sense? It's one tier higher on Tom's Hardware Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart

Is there an advantage to going with a newer generation 5xx over 4xx?

If you want to than go ahead.. I dont look around much lol... Best bang for buck...
November 24, 2011 8:22:32 PM

460s were great cards, I'd suggest getting it over a 550 ti, if you ever decide to SLI them they outperform a single 580.
November 30, 2011 11:50:17 PM

Best answer selected by faithwarrior118.