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$600-900 Build for College/Gaming

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December 23, 2011 3:48:49 AM

Title Pretty much says it all. I am a college student studying biology, but when not doing school work I love to game. I currently play Skyrim and SWTOR and mainly want a computer that can deal with those and other like games fairly well. Mainly this is a new computer that can handle SWTOR much better than my Pc now.

My Current System is an old slightly modded Cyberpower PC which is one of the old Core 2 Duo's with 1.5gb DDR2 RAM, 2 250gb HDD's, and a 8800 gts 512.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime beginning in Jan. 2012, when I key my school check heh

Budget Range: 600-900 USD range.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and more gaming, with some college work

Parts Not Required: Already have a nice key board and mouse, but need new monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Somewhat prefer Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not quite sure

Monitor Resolution: Prefer a resolution higher than my current 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I am torn between building my own or just having a system built for me by either cyber power or a local place in town. I might not have the luxury to mess around with a self build if a problem comes up and I am weary of dealing with software issues.

EDIT: SWTOR is the main focus here! :D 
December 23, 2011 3:52:36 AM

If it is a maybe, try the i5-2500k. It is only $220 or $180 in Microcenter.
For Video Card, since your budget is limited, try the Radeon 6770 or the 550 from NVIDIA.
December 23, 2011 4:31:59 AM

Check out my $850 build here:
Just save on the HDD here:
Here's cheap OS:
And cheap monitor
Oh to save a little more, here's a cheaper PSU
Only $99 after promo with a large rebate!
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December 23, 2011 4:41:44 AM

You can always buy an SSD until hard drive prices drop
December 23, 2011 4:46:48 AM

Take a look at the $800 build in my sig. You can probably get the OS for $25 and add a full HD monitor for around $160.

Includes i5 2400 + GTX560Ti.