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 Newegg.com, 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.
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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?