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May 27, 2012 4:30:38 AM

Hi this is my first time building my on PC at home i am still in the process of selecting components for it i have here two builds that i think will serve my purpose i want to know which one is better and where i can get the best bang for my buck. I play SWTOR and WoW so whatever the build i want to be sure that it can max out both those games and still play smoothly. Please any feedback is good, thanks.

Build #1:
-HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis Gaming Case w/ Front Blue LED 120mm Fan & Top 120mm Fan $50
-ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $70
-SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (100314-3L ) $170
-CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $70
-Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550 $210
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $47
-Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $120
-ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM 18$
- Windows 7 Home $99

Total $856


Build #2

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550

ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

GIGABYTE GA-H61MA-D3V LGA 1155 Intel H61 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard


Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Total: $849

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May 27, 2012 4:33:33 AM

Fix those links, im getting error messages trying to follow them.
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May 27, 2012 4:44:33 AM

Couldnt get wishlist to work i just copy and pasted the components
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May 27, 2012 4:49:58 AM

Any reason why build two has two power supply's and no case?

Assuming the Corsair PSU and a decent case, Id go with the 2nd one.
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May 27, 2012 4:57:40 AM

Fix'd and thanks for the feedback, any suggestions to it?
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May 27, 2012 5:21:37 AM

Chances are these suggestions are going to cost a bit.

Get a Z77 motherboard, better suites the Ivy bridge processor.
Get the i5 3570k, it allows overclocking.
SSD boot drive would be good, but not essential at this budget.
Better GPU, the HD7850 is the same price(ish) and is better. Only in the battlefield test did it fall below the 560Ti.
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1437/pg1/sapphire...
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May 27, 2012 5:49:37 AM

any of this necessary for what im trying to do?
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May 27, 2012 6:03:12 AM

Probably not actually, MMO's are more CPU oriented than standard games, so the better GPU wont really help, though I definitely suggest it based on these numbers.
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1437/pg9/sapphire...

The SSD is for general performance. Helps windows and any applications (including games) you have on it start up faster.

If your not going to overclock, the CPU you have should be fine.

If not a Z77 motherboard, at least a Z68. H61 is fairly old now.
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