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New Mid-Level Rig ~$700

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December 2, 2011 8:31:46 AM

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

Country: 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:

CPU: I5 2500K http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Motherbord: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233196
Video card : GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 912 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 2, 2011 10:01:40 AM

CPU I5 2500K : http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Motherbord ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video card : GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I choosed a new power supply and a new and bigger case
Case : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total : 735$ without rebates , with rebates is under 700.
I did not put a hard drive because are to expensive you can use what you have or after rebates you can decide to buy a new one.
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December 2, 2011 5:17:53 PM

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?
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