System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing SWTOR and WoW
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, and Webcam.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, Frys.com, amazon.com, and Bestbuy.com
Country: Sun City West, Arizona, United States
Parts Preferences: I really like the HIS IceQ H697QM2G2M video card, the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU and the Antec Mini Skeleton 90 Open Air Mini ITX Computer Case.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Here is what I have right now.
Intel Core i7 860 2.8 GHz
Intel H57 Express Chipset
8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 (4x2GB)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
ATI Radeon HD 5700
1.5 TB Serial ATA
500 W or 750 W Power Supply (not sure which one, but prob just the 500 W)
ATAPI DVD A DH16AASH SuperMulti drive with Labelflash.
I was thinking about just upgrading my video card, case, power supply, and go to two SSD hard drives. One hard drive for my OS and the other for SWTOR. Either that, or just buy a new computer.
I am not sure. I have built my own computers in the past with great results. This was the first already made PC I have purchased in a long time. I can either beef up what I have already, perhaps save some money, or I can buy something brand new. I am not against either option, I just wanted to get everyone's opinions and see what everyone comes up with in either case.
well i have not spent much researching AMD, but there is limited amount of mini ITX cases and motherboards. have you thought about going sandy bridge with an i5-2500k? it trumps the Phenom II X6 1100T in 90% of tests and only costs $25 more. there is a larger selection on compatible motherboards for socket 1155 than there are for am3.
that was purely stated to building a new system. if i were you i would upgrade your current system and stick it in a new case. the fractal define is a really nice case. 750W power supply, 700W will do, you dont need a really high end GPU for those 2 games. i would recomend getting just one SSD as a boot drive and keeping your current HDD as the data drive. games see no real world performance boost on an SSD when compared to a HDD.
so, new case
that graphics card that you prefer
and an SSD boot drive
if you have a case that you like or a certain style reply back with a link and i can send a few suggestions
Sounds good to me. Get a new case, new power supply, video card and a boot drive SSD. Sounds like a plan. Which power supply do you recomend and which SSD do you recomend too? What size of a SSD should I get?
a 64 gig crucial m4, they are pretty fast and dont break the bank as much intel and OCZ. a 128 gig m4 will also work, it purely depends on how much space and the amount of programs you actually want to spend on an SSD. i have the 64 gig because the price/performance ratio was better than any other SSD on the market at the time. basically all you want on it is windows and programs. install games and store large files on your regular HDD.
Just add a 120-250GB SSD and a better GPU and you'll be sitting golden. Like others suggested, install windows and a few programs on the SSD, and put all your files and documents on your HDD. This can be done easily by right clicking the directory and changing the "location".
I have a 1090t processor, and the i7 860 would be a substantial upgrade in gaming scenarios. Swapping to an 1100t would not be an upgrade.
The HD5770 is a very capable card, but something like a 6870 or 6950 would be a very solid upgrade, that you will notice.
If you want to change the case, which you might need to with a 6950 (11"), I would suggest one of the Fractal Design cases, or maybe an NZXT H2. They look a lot like the Performance One series from Antec, but don't have the cooling issues that the Antec do.
You could also consider getting a nice cooler for your processor and overclocking a little. I don't know what your Gateway motherboard can do, though.
It seems the case I was looking at can only bit a 11"/279mm size video card. I think the HIS IceQ H697QM2G2M might be too big. I tried to see if the HIS H697F2G2M Radeon HD 6970 would fit, but it is not listing its size on newegg.com.