Casual gaming rig

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, MoBO, Graphics card, RAM, probably Power source (it's 6 years old not sure what kind)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: umm....

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 for now may upgrade later on down the road to something better

Additional Comments: Only a casual online gamer (mmo's rpg's) but would like it to look good without chugging

Why Are You Upgrading: it's been about 6 years since I got this computer and it needs upgrading

These are parts I was originally thinking of while looking at the articles on this site and seemed like a good deal. Feel free to suggest others

CPU: Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz
Graphics Card: ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

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  1. Hmmm... we are going to need an exact budget to help you, you can get a ~500$ HTPC or a ~1000$ gaming PC... you have to specify your budget.
  2. Sorry I've changed it. I really wasn't sure what to write originally as the budget. I think for the parts I need 700 should be fair for what I want to use it for.
  3. 700$ PC coming up!!

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.71 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: OCZ 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $748.21

    sorry i went over the budget but trust me, that PC is worth the exta 50$, you can add a cheap coolermaster 212 EVO to overclock your CPU a little bit if you want :D
  4. If you need to stay in budget, drop the GPU down to a 6850. It's all you would need for what you are doing.
  5. I wouldnt change the GPU... look at the diference between them:
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    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD $176.91 MIR $156.91
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    Antec Three Hundred Two Mid Tower Gaming Case 302 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 & Audio
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