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New ~$800 PC to play GW2 and beyond

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August 6, 2012 3:17:18 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before end of September
Budget Range: $700-800
System Usage: gaming, surfing the net
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: mobo, CPU, ram, SSD
Do you need to buy OS: No
Overclocking: Yes
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Why Are You Upgrading: Current components are not performing well anymore... most parts are over 4 years old

Current Components:
OS:
Windows 7 64-bit
CPU: Q6600
CPU Cooler: Zalman 9700
Motherboard: XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Socket 775
GPU: Sapphire HD 6850 PCIE
RAM: 4 gb
PSU: Antec EarthWatts 750 Watt ATX12v v2.3
Case: Ultra Grid ATX Clear Side Case
HDD: Maxtor something or other
SSD: None
DVD: Sony DRU190A 20X DVD Burner EIDE
Monitor: HP W2207 22in LCD @ 1680 x 1050

I'm looking to upgrade almost everything. Been doing a lot of research, reading reviews and so on. Found a couple threads from this week but nothing hit on the same components I've been eying so apologies for cluttering up the board! Here's what I would like to get:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dWnI

Targeted Build:
CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K, will overclock
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2
OS: Windows 7 64-bit [will reuse]
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
GPU: Sapphire HD 6850 PCIE [reusing current card]
RAM: 8 gb G.Skill Ripjaws X Series (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
PSU: Antec EarthWatts 750 Watt ATX12v v2.3 [reusing current PSU]
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case, the one with front USB 3.0 slots
HDD: Maxtor something or other [will reuse]
SSD: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5", to store Windows and currently played games
DVD: Sony DRU190A 20X DVD Burner EIDE [will reuse]
Monitor: HP W2207 22in LCD [will reuse]

Any red flags on that build? Any overkill? Seems like it's about as good as one can buy, for less than $700, which is fantastic to see. I typically build a new PC every 3-4 years so if there is a cheaper build that has very similar performance but less long-term component upgrade potential, would love to hear about it.

Thanks for your time! Appreciate you guys.

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August 6, 2012 3:35:59 AM

You're good to go, but I would suggesting changing that cooler to Hyper 212 EVO or Noctua D14.

And when you have another $150, you can CF another 6850.
August 6, 2012 3:41:47 AM

Thanks, fpoon. I've seen plenty of recent build suggestions with the Hyper 212 EVO and Noctua D14, but wasn't sure why they were clear winners over the Cooler Master TPC 812. Based on frostytech's reviews, the TPC 812 is a bit louder at max load but a solid performer. Didn't research coolers very much though -- any quick background you can provide on why you like those two better?
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August 6, 2012 3:52:11 AM

It looks great just change your ram to low profile so it doesn't conflict with your aftermarket cooler speaking of aftermarket coolers you could get this it's just as good and cheaper Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Magnetic Fluid Dynamic LED Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink Rev.1 with 1156 Brackets, free TX-3 Thermal Paste Included Inside $64.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... RAM:Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $43.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB $43.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 6, 2012 4:21:26 AM

In order to play BF3 or any other high end game on the highest settings (@1080p) you not only require a good GPU but also a good CPU. So, lets get started with the components now.

CPU: Intel i5 3570K -- a little overclocking for the future
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116504
$230

MOBO: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 -- a full atx board for wholesome goodness.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157293
$134

RAM: 8GB 1333Mhz G.skillz -- Affordable and future-friendly, 8GB is.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231311
$43

GPU (1080p): Nvidia 660Ti -- 660Ti is releasing soon, for $300!!
$300

PSU: 600W OCZ ModXstream Pro -- It's Modular!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341017
$75

HDD: 1TB 64MB 7200RPM Cache Seagate/WD -- 1TB comes at a good $/GB rate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148840
$90

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred -- For that spacious gaming need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129021
$97

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo -- Need overclocking? Get this.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Maste [...] ds=EVO+212
$31

Total................... $1000
August 6, 2012 4:29:11 AM

rockstar_7 said:
In order to play BF3 or any other high end game on the highest settings (@1080p) you not only require a good GPU but also a good CPU. So, lets get started with the components now.

CPU: Intel i5 3570K -- a little overclocking for the future
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116504
$230

MOBO: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 -- a full atx board for wholesome goodness.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157293
$134

RAM: 8GB 1333Mhz G.skillz -- Affordable and future-friendly, 8GB is.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231311
$43

GPU (1080p): Nvidia 660Ti -- 660Ti is releasing soon, for $300!!
$300

PSU: 600W OCZ ModXstream Pro -- It's Modular!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341017
$75

HDD: 1TB 64MB 7200RPM Cache Seagate/WD -- 1TB comes at a good $/GB rate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148840
$90

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred -- For that spacious gaming need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129021
$97

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo -- Need overclocking? Get this.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Maste [...] ds=EVO+212
$31

Total................... $1000
none of your links work for OP
August 6, 2012 4:29:55 AM

He didn't hyperlink the whole address.
August 6, 2012 2:01:41 PM

Thanks, Rockstar. Pretty close to what I build except the Hyper 212 Evo cpu cooler. That seems to be very popular on here, still pondering the 'why' behind it's general preference.

bigcyco, awesome heads-up on the RAM high profile conflicting with giant CPU coolers. Will update my build. The Tuniq actually looks pretty good... I went ahead and updated my build with it and the Orange/Blue LED colored Crucial RAM.

Looks like that about sums this up. Thanks for the input, guys. Def. appreciate your time!

New pcpartpicker: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dXXA
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