Hello! I am looking to build a new rig for the holiday season. I built my first PC 4 1/2 years ago so it's definitely time for an upgrade. Even though I've built a PC before, I am still very much a computer noob and I built it with my brother's help. I was hoping to pay around $700 total, preferably less, but also willing to pay a little more if there's great value in doing so. Lastly, I've listed below my current case, power supply, and HDD, since I'm not sure if I can reuse these parts.
If you guys can help me put together a new build, I'd greatly appreciate it! I know this is obviously a topic that is much discussed, but I appreciate the help nonetheless. Thanks!
Approximate Purchase Date: within the next two weeks
Budget Range: 600-800 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photo Editing
Parts Not Required: OS, monitor, mouse & keyboard.
Here are the parts available from my old rig: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW, RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W, Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter, Newegg, TigerDirect, pretty much anywhere accessible to USA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, preferably the i5 2500k
Overclocking: Maybe, but not at first
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not at first
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Additional Comments: I hope to have a rig that can play most current games at high settings. Willing to sacrifice shadows, AA, etc, but need a high framerate. Currently playing WoW, SC2 and will be playing SW:ToR and Diablo III. Thanks so much for your help!
*edit: Thanks to sosofm, here's a suggested build:
Thanks for the reply sosofm, I've updated my original post with the current build. I noticed that the video card that is listed contained many comments about it crashing a lot. Does anyone have other suggestions for video cards?