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
SLI or Crossfire: Not yet.
Monitor Resolution: 1600x1050
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)
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
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: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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.