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$750 Upgrade Build

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July 10, 2012 2:59:42 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of the Year / Beginning of 2013

Budget Range: Around $750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Office, browsing internet, watching movies, listening to music, editing photos

Are you buying a monitor: No, currently using 27" LCD in 1024x768 resolution. Will eventually upgrade to monitor but not needed at this time.

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, RAM, MOBO, OS, GPU

Do you need to buy OS: Yes - going from Windows XP Pro to Windows 7 Pro

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, microcenter, tigerdirect

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Michigan, metro detroit area

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: ?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 - 27" LCD TV

Additional Comments: Trying to build a more efficient and quieter PC

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Time to dump XP and go with something a little more energy efficient.

I am looking to upgrade my Q6600 Dual Core Build from 5-6 yrs ago that I used to play WoW heavily before being banned (for the 3rd time) as well as StarCraft.

I am currently using the following:
OS: Windows XP Pro
CPU: Q6600 Quad with GO Stepping
Mobo: Asus P5K Deluxe
GPU: BFG GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 320MB GDDR3
RAM: 4gbs of Corsair DDR2 XMS2 6400C4

I am upgrading to the following:
OS: Windows 7 Pro

CPU: i5-3570K

Mobo: Asus P8z77-V Pro


Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9W

Any suggestions or thoughts?


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July 10, 2012 3:21:09 AM

For suggestions and thoughts I would say that you should wait till the beginning of the year because between now and then there will be a lot of new products released and there will be a lot of price changes. A good example is Windows 8 will have been released and you may want to go with that. I'm sure that there will be a few new cpu's and video cards by then as well. I could suggest a GTX 670 right now and by then there could be a much better card out and it would make sense to go with the new one. So post this again in 6 months when your ready.