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First Time Build + Dell Studio XPS 9000 + $1500 Budget = Gaming PC?

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January 30, 2012 11:21:41 PM

Hi Guys!

I much appreciate you taking the time to read my post and rest assured I am grateful for ANY feedback and tips. I will try and provide the most data I can to give

My Tech Experience Level: 2 (out of 10)
I have built homes with my bare hands but never a PC, so I am not a complete disaster when it comes to following plans and executing them properly. My PC knowledge and experience in construction is such that I can open my case and identify what is the power supply, hard drives, wireless, card, etc, but I am certainly not versed enough to identify the responsibilities and proper connection for every cable and each little 'dot' or 'bump' on a motherboard or video card is/does. (Hope I am making sense here...)

My Goal and Needs:
I have a Dell Studio XPS 9000. I am currently entering grad school so I am looking for something that will meet my daily needs as far as a student plus looking for a good gaming rig that candle handle my most played online game of SWTOR.

Currently this Studio XPS 9000 only reaches fps of high teens and even drops to single digits, and that is on the lowest settings SWTOR offers w/ shadows off. I am fairly certain my video card is lacking. However, I am looking for some input as to whether or not this machine should/could be simply upgraded, if I can 'salvage' anything still worthwhile from the XPS 9000 and use that in a new build, or if I should just start from scratch with my $1500 budget and build a new PC?

Completion Date Goal: 2/14/2012 (Funds on hand and ready to go!)

What I am working with -
Budget: $1,500 USD
Current System: Dell Studio XPS 9000 (6HJYJM1)
Studio XPS 9000, Intel Core i7-960 processor (8MB L3 cache, 3.2GHz)
12GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz
AMD Radeon 5450 (1 GB)
1 TB Serial ATA 2 Hard Drive 7200 RPM
Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Adobe Reader 9.0 Multi-Language
Roxio 10.3, Easy CD & DVD
Cyberlink Power DVD 8.3 Blu-Ray Disk Playback
Dual Drives: DVD+/-RW with BD Combo
Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio

What I DO NOT need: Monitor, printer, keyboard, mouse, speakers, cable/dsl modem, wireless router. Basically, peripherals are taken care of.
Dell Studio XPS 9

I thank you in advance for any assistance or advice you can give me!


January 30, 2012 11:53:22 PM

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I have built homes with my bare hands but never a PC, so I am not a complete disaster when it comes to following plans and executing them properly. My PC knowledge and experience in construction is such that I can open my case and identify what is the power supply, hard drives, wireless, card, etc, but I am certainly not versed enough to identify the responsibilities and proper connection for every cable and each little 'dot' or 'bump' on a motherboard or video card is/does. (Hope I am making sense here...)


If you can do that, you can wire a PC. It's easier to do than ever.

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I have a Dell Studio XPS 9000. I am currently entering grad school so I am looking for something that will meet my daily needs as far as a student plus looking for a good gaming rig that candle handle my most played online game of SWTOR.


The rig you have now is pretty current but the graphics card isn't that great. However with HD prices you are, you will want to pull the HD from your current system as the prices are outrageous.

But if you want something newer maybe try something like this:

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99
Motherboard: Intel BOXDX79SI - $264.99
CPU: 3.20GHz Intel Core i7-3930K - $599.99 (substitute Core i7-3820K when available for $285)
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 - $29.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $104.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 570 - $339.99

Total: $1605.89
January 31, 2012 12:15:27 AM

g-unit1111,

I REALLY appreciate the help! With your suggestion of pulling the HD from the XPS 9000 I can get something out of this old rig and still build a system that meets and probably exceeds my current needs.

Thanks again for your time and expertise! Much appreciated!!
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