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$800 WoW and SWTOR first time build

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend

Budget Range: $700-$900 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: World of Warcraft, Star Wars The Old Republic, interet surfing/email, netflix

Parts Not Required: PSU: coolmax V-600, dvd drive, mouse, monitor, maybe keyboard (have ps2 ergonomic, if getting usb keyboard also needs to be split/ergonomic), speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigersdirect, newegg.com

Country: US (California)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type

Overclocking: Maybe (haven't yet, would like the option)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - only getting one graphics card now, option/upgrade would be nice

Additional Comments: reasonably quiet would be nice - i've had problems with overheating in the past (but didn't have gaming cases)
First time I'll build my own - I've replaced graphics, psu, ram, harddrive, added sounded & wireless cards before
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case Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid-Tower Computer Case - ATX, mATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&Tpk=Cooler%20Master%20HAF%20912] $49.99 after rebate

Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $219

uncertain if need to get a cpu cooler/heatsink if I'm not starting overclocked (know I'll need something mroe if I go for overcloking later, also got swamped with options)

Windows 7 home $99

Patriot G2 Series PGD38G1600ELK Division 2 Edition Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800, DDR3 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, XMP Ready http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7114146&sku=P33-5305] $29.99 after rebate

z68 motherboard, haven't been able to pick one, decent (reliable) brand

debating geforce 550 ti, or radeon 6790, or a step up from either of those, had nvidia prefferance through years of playing WoW but not really attached, also want decent/reliable brand
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130629 $123.89 after rebate
or
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=41126&sku=E145-0552 $119.99 after rebate

Opinions/advice appreciated.
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    debating geforce 550 ti, or radeon 6790, or a step up from either of those, had nvidia prefferance through years of playing WoW but not really attached, also want decent/reliable brand
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130629 $123.89 after rebate
    or
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] =E145-0552 $119.99 after rebate


    Don't get either - the 550TI is not a good choice and the 6790 is old and outdated as well.

    Quote:
    Parts Not Required: PSU: coolmax V-600, dvd drive, mouse, monitor, maybe keyboard (have ps2 ergonomic, if getting usb keyboard also needs to be split/ergonomic), speakers


    You're going to want to replace that PSU if you want any sort of quality GPU - Coolmax is not a good manufacturer, for modern GPUs you need one that's certified and rated from a reliable manufacturer.

    Here's what I generally recommend on a $900 build:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
    PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($15.00 MIR)
    Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
    HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $84.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $259.99
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

    Total: $967.91 - $25.00 MIR = $942.91 ($842.91 without Windows)

    A little bit over budget but you get the current reigning champ of mid range GPUs - it's a huge step up from the 550TI and 6790 - the 7850 is matching the GTX 570 in tests.
  2. g-unit1111 said:
    Quote:

    debating geforce 550 ti, or radeon 6790, or a step up from either of those, had nvidia prefferance through years of playing WoW but not really attached, also want decent/reliable brand
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130629 $123.89 after rebate
    or
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] =E145-0552 $119.99 after rebate


    Don't get either - the 550TI is not a good choice and the 6790 is old and outdated as well.

    Quote:
    Parts Not Required: PSU: coolmax V-600, dvd drive, mouse, monitor, maybe keyboard (have ps2 ergonomic, if getting usb keyboard also needs to be split/ergonomic), speakers


    You're going to want to replace that PSU if you want any sort of quality GPU - Coolmax is not a good manufacturer, for modern GPUs you need one that's certified and rated from a reliable manufacturer.

    Here's what I generally recommend on a $900 build:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
    PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99 ($15.00 MIR)
    Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
    HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $84.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $259.99
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

    Total: $967.91 - $25.00 MIR = $942.91 ($842.91 without Windows)

    A little bit over budget but you get the current reigning champ of mid range GPUs - it's a huge step up from the 550TI and 6790 - the 7850 is matching the GTX 570 in tests.



    Agree with G-Unit. You will appreciate the graphics boost by going a step or 2 up. I would get at least the 7850. If you cannot afford this card look at a 560ti. That would be the lowest I'd suggest you go.
  3. Thanks for the advice. Are there any compatibility issues with this build now:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)

    Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99

    trying to pick compatible ram at 1600, 2 4G
    ram kingston KHX1600C9D3K2 $48.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104246
    adata AX3U1600GC4G9-1G $25 tiger (1G part not listed on compatibility on Asrock chart) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006662&isNodeId=1&Description=AX3U1600GC4G9&x=0&y=0

    Video Card: XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521&Tpk=XFX%20Double%20D%20HD-687A-ZDFC%20Radeon%20HD%206870%201GB%20256-b $159.99 after MIR

    6870 more than I first looking at, and less than the recommendations. (There is some possibility I'm going to be passing along my video card to roommate in half a year & replacing it)
    HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $84.99

    Ordering the motherboard, process and video card tonight (sales expiring).
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