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July 23, 2012 7:52:53 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:
Within the next couple of weeks (I'm researching builds right now)

Budget Range:
$700-800 before rebates/shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Purely gaming (specifically, Star Wars: The Old Republic)

Are you buying a monitor:
No

Do you need to buy OS:
I'm hoping 'No' (I have a copy of Windows 7 64-bit that I bought a year ago. Can I install it on a new system, or is it tied to my current system?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Newegg and Tigerdirect are the only one's I've used.

Location:
Memphis, TN, USA

Parts Preferences:
CPU - Intel i5
GPU - nVidia (I've heard they work better with SWTOR than AMD cards)
Hard Drive - Intel SSD if affordable; otherwise, something fast
RAM - 8 gigs
PSU - I've heard Corsair/Seasonic are highly reliable
Case - something with great air flow (I hate my current case's air flow); I don't mind buying more fans, but I'm not interested in spending the money for liquid coolant (unless it's comparable)

Overclocking:
Yes (if someone can explain to me how to do it and do it without frying my PC)

SLI or Crossfire:
No

Your Monitor Resolution:
1440x900 (kind of low, I know, but I don't care to buy a new monitor right now, and mine works fine)

Additional Comments:
Again, case air flow is a big concern, because my current case is terrible.
I play mostly Star Wars: The Old Republic (would like to run this at max with high fps) and occasionally Arkham City, LA Noire or indie games. I may pick up Guild Wars 2.

Why Are You Upgrading:
I built my current PC five years ago, and the motherboard is now capped. Though I have a better understanding of building a system, I had enough troubles with the one I did build that I'd rather someone knowledgeable tell me what to do.

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Thank you for your time and input. I'm open to any suggestions so don't be afraid to tell me that some part preference I have is wrong.

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July 23, 2012 8:07:03 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.75 @ Compuvest)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 560 SE 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($25.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $775.70
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 16:07 EDT-0400)
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July 23, 2012 8:39:14 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.75 @ Compuvest)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 560 SE 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($25.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($53.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $775.70
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 16:07 EDT-0400)

Thanks for the quick response.

Couple of questions:
-Will I need to also buy a heatsink/cooler for the CPU (or will it come with one; or this is not needed)?
-Is upgrading my optical drive necessary? I figured I'd just stick my old one in there.
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July 23, 2012 9:13:13 PM

-Will I need to also buy a heatsink/cooler for the CPU (or will it come with one; or this is not needed)?

The CPU he recommended to you cannot be overclocked (for Intel you need a "K" model CPU for that. All Intel CPUs have a heatsink included, and since overclocking can't be done with that CPU, you require nothing more powerful than what is included.

-Is upgrading my optical drive necessary? I figured I'd just stick my old one in there.

As long as your current optical drive is a SATA interface you can use it.


I will add, contrary to what you may have heard, AMD has better video cards than Nvidia at many price points. I'd consider a 6870 over the 560 SE, but its up to you. The 560 SE is basically a repackaged GTX 460, and the 6870 comfortably eats the 460 for lunch.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 23, 2012 9:44:15 PM

Best answer selected by thourton.
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July 23, 2012 9:47:00 PM

nekulturny said:
-Will I need to also buy a heatsink/cooler for the CPU (or will it come with one; or this is not needed)?

The CPU he recommended to you cannot be overclocked (for Intel you need a "K" model CPU for that. All Intel CPUs have a heatsink included, and since overclocking can't be done with that CPU, you require nothing more powerful than what is included.

-Is upgrading my optical drive necessary? I figured I'd just stick my old one in there.

As long as your current optical drive is a SATA interface you can use it.


I will add, contrary to what you may have heard, AMD has better video cards than Nvidia at many price points. I'd consider a 6870 over the 560 SE, but its up to you. The 560 SE is basically a repackaged GTX 460, and the 6870 comfortably eats the 460 for lunch.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for the answers.

I used the linked build but changed the GPU to the AMD you recommended, dropped a hard drive (just need the SSD), and changed the case to something bigger.

Thanks to both of you for the help. Much appreciated.
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July 23, 2012 10:06:30 PM

thourton said:
Thanks for the answers.

I used the linked build but changed the GPU to the AMD you recommended, dropped a hard drive (just need the SSD), and changed the case to something bigger.

Thanks to both of you for the help. Much appreciated.

No problem lol. Don't get me wrong, I have a GTX 460, its a great video card, but damn has Nvidia really milked the hell out of that thing. :lol: 
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