Gaming Build (700-800$)

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 Weeks (17th) though flexible.

Budget Range: 700 to 800 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SWTOR, D3, Some older games), Websurfing (Youtube, Google), Music.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers - see comments

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not yet.

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1050

Additional Comments:
I have an old Dell XPS 720 that has been serving me well.
(BTX) board with a Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.4ghz , 3gig ram, Win XP, 60gb hdd, 750w PSU, Geforce 9400 GT, Ageia PhysX card, PLDS DVD-ROM, & OptiArc DVD-RW
- and very willing to cannibalize from those pieces out and replace later or not at all. I essentially expect it to be a "spare" as most of my efforts are gaming.

I chose Ivy Bridge due to not only the combo deal available on it but that would provide me a good base going forward should the need arise to OC in the future.

Can/Should I reutilize the Power Supply Unit from the 720? Its never given me any lip.

Too much, not enough, where am I deficient or where am I overkill?

Current proposed build:
Shipping is estimated about 10$ and I dont account that as part of the budget (and thankfully neither does Newegg)

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 89.99 Instant 79.99 after MIR (ex 5/15/12)

EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 169.99 139.99 after MIR (ex 5/15/12)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 46.99

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K and BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIO 349.98 Instant/Combo 339.98 after MIR (motherboard 5/8/12)

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular ... and LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support 123.98 Instant/Combo

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive(SSD) 69.99 instant - 59.99 after MIR (5/30/12)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - 99.99

Subtotals: Before MIR: 950.91
- After MIR: 890.91
- Pulling PSU & 1 DVD Drive from 720 - 766.93 After MIR
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  1. Best answer
    If you just were to put a gtx560 in your current system, you would see a huge increase in gaming performance. If you are set on building new, I would still upgrade to a better graphics card, especially if your monitor is 1080p. With the gtx550Ti you only would need a 500-550 watt powersupply
  2. Any higher than GTX560 - since I've got.. more money to work with under that scenario should I gonuts?
  3. I would vote for a gtx560 also, but only if your a hardcore nvidia fanboy. for that price range, I would recommend a 6850 or 6870. 6850:
  4. oh also, i agree with gijones as far as the psu. I would go for 500 - 600w.
  5. Best answer selected by Kristoph57.
  6. I think you could run up to a gtx570 before you start running into a serious bottleneck, but that would be about it, before you are paying for speed you cant use. The 448 core 560Ti's would work good for you too.
    Here is one that has a Free Battlefield 3 coupon with it:
  7. I actually picked up a GTX560ti 2gig based on your recommendation and got it put in yesterday. Haven't stressed it too much but everything works for what I wanted - and now I can slowly hunt deals and build the rest of the rig over time.
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