Building New Game System - Target is ~$1000

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This week, before the weekend

Budget Range: $1,000 before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Primarily World of Warcraft, with an emphasis on being able to have 60++ FPS when Mists of Pandaria is released)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Mobo, CPU, RAM, GPU, Cooling fan(s), SDD, 6.0 SATA HDD

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: This build will all be from, since we have an account there

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU preferred, otherwise open to other brands

Overclocking: Maybe, but from what I have read, OCing what increase FPS dramatically for World of Warcraft (which is about all that will be played on this build)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: This build is for my wife. All she does on this PC is surf the web, pay bills and plays Warcraft. I doubt she will try other games, but if she does it would be nice to have a decent frame rate. She does not care about maxing out settings. She just wants her game to not stutter and look decent when the new Warcraft (MoP) launches.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Her current computer is over 4 years old and is having difficulties running Warcraft at modest settings. She wants a computer that will last for 2-4 years (with upgrades to vid card and maybe CPU in 2 years) to last for the entire Mists of Pandaria expansion.

I am open to any criticisms. Though I consider myself highly skilled in building a PC, I haven't done so for over 4 years which means my hardware knowledge is far behind what I need it to be for a decent build.

Current Build:

Mother Board

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K


Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997046


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

CPU Cooling

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+


Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MX MKNSSDCR120GB-MX 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Please see question #2 below


Please see question #3 below


1.) Will I see much of a performance upgrade moving from 3.0 SATA to 6.0 SATA? We have plenty of 500 GB HDD's we could use and save some money. But, the 6.0 SATA's are not all that expensive. However, if I need to save money this could be one place to do it, -IF- there would not be that great / noticeable of a performance increase moving to the new 6.0

2.) Her PSU is 500W. Can I keep that and make it work with this build, or should I buy a 650W?

3.) Her case is an Antec Sonata III. Will it be cool enough for the new components?
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  1. 1. not with HDDs and barely with SSDs.

    2. brand and model please

    3. yeah
  2. The PSU is what came with her Antec Sonata III:

    Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
  3. BTW the build looks good. If you can spare the cash ypu could upgrade to current gen parts with 3570K and HD7850.
  4. Yes that PSU'll do fine.
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