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Need some help with my build.

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April 21, 2012 6:39:25 PM

For the most part I am only going to be playing WoW on this rig, but I'm not sure if I should go for a XFX Double D Radeon HD 6870, or a Nvidia Geforce GTX 480. I benchmarked them and the GTX 480 seemed to come out on top on most of them. But I don't know like if it'll fit in the case, or if it's actually worse in actual use. So yeah anyand all help is appreciated.

This is what my build consists of so far.

Computer Case: Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower
CPU: I5-2500k
PSU: Corsair 750TX 750watt (subject to change)
HDD: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GBs
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GBs (2x4GBs) 1600 (PC3 12800)
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Deluxe (REV 3.0)
Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder
Monitor: Acer S201HLbd 20"

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April 21, 2012 6:43:19 PM

So what's your budget? Also, are you open to overclocking? I'm assuming you are. Anyway, here's what I would change:

Case: Corsair 400R... better case for the same money
PSU: 750W is WAY too much. I'm sure you could stay with a 550W and be fine. Try a PC Power and Cooling 750W Silver rated, though... if you want to stay at 750W
HDD: Is it 7200rpm?
RAM: Make sure it's CAS 9 and 1.5v
Mobo: I'd switch to a Z68 Extreme3
CPU cooler: Hyper 212 Evo
GPU: I'd recommend a 6870 or a GTX 560 Ti... I'd seriously recommend getting an MSI Twin Frozr II OC version of the 6870, actually.

That should cover everything.
April 21, 2012 6:48:03 PM

I'd say the budget is about $1300 and that includes, mouse, OS, and monitor. So really more like $1050 for the actual hardware. The HDD is 7200rpm. I'm not super open to OCing, althought I suppose I could have my cousin help me do it.
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April 21, 2012 6:53:16 PM

For $1000, you could play ANY game out there. However, is all you're playing going to be WoW? If so, I'll make a build that'll have no trouble with it. Are you open to overclocking?
April 21, 2012 6:55:23 PM

I could be if my cousin, or one of my friends helped.
April 21, 2012 6:57:43 PM

And yes, for the most part I will be playing WoW, and I might even play Diablo 3.
April 21, 2012 6:57:58 PM

A 3 year old could do it. So is all you're going to play going to be WoW?

EDIT: Blah you replied :) 
April 21, 2012 7:11:59 PM

In that case, I'm going to make your case look sexy with the following build:
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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($192.86 @ Newegg)
If you go with a different GPU, at least get the MSI Twin Frozr II OC version (there are no Hawks after 6870)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Sexy case. Alternate color schemes available. Alternatively, you can get a Corsair 400R for a $100 case that's also very good.
Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Adorama)
I'm confused on this one. It's definitely 80+, but newegg says it's platinum (which is the best). The thing is that it's out of stock on newegg, and other websites only say 80+. Either way, it's a good PSU.
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $895.65
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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April 21, 2012 7:13:28 PM

Damn, nice.
April 21, 2012 7:17:17 PM

$60 more and you can play any game out there on high/max with a 7850. But if you're not going to play any game out there, there's no point in wasting money. Most people will overbuy on their builds because they buy unnecessarily expensive components and end up taking the price away from either their PSU or food (equally important from a computer building perspective :)  ).
April 21, 2012 7:27:41 PM

The only problem I see is that the CD/DVD drive you picked doesn't seem to be compatible with Win7.
April 21, 2012 7:33:23 PM

Why do you think that? Most things that are compatible with Windows Vista are compatible with Win7. A review said it installed fine on Win7 64 bit... look at the "most helpful" reviews. It's the second one down.
April 21, 2012 7:35:02 PM

Alright, didn't think about that.