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August 7, 2012 2:47:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week hopefully

Budget Range: < $500 (Is that reasonable?)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (but not high end competitive online stuff), videos, internet


Are you buying a monitor: No (current does 1920x1080)

Parts to Upgrade: Case, mobo, CPU, RAM (maybe), Drive (intend to use the SSD for OS and primary apps, but expect some kind of standard HD for additional storage. I am not a pack rat so I won't need a ton.)

Reusing:
Antec 550 PSU,
Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3/120G
EVGA - GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card
8 GB dual-channel DDR3



Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, whoever is reliable.

Location: New Jersey, USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (likely not, I don't know that my use would benefit that much from it.)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Have a preference for a quiet system. The system I am replacing is almost completely silent most of the time. I can run it with an open side for cooling purposes. I don't play the super high end games that require an insane build; I would however like to enjoy nice graphics and smooth video play.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Just feel like a new system to replace my old Dell Inspiron 580.

More about : suggestions build

August 7, 2012 3:10:01 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Titanium Grey ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $424.96
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-07 11:09 EDT-0400)

You might want a new GPU at some point too.
August 7, 2012 3:12:19 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Titanium Grey ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $424.96
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-07 11:09 EDT-0400)

You might want a new GPU at some point too.


Thanks for the response. Are you saying that the 550 ti won't be up to snuff?
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August 7, 2012 3:16:37 PM

I guess it's fine depending on games you play but it'll fall behind when the next wave of games really hit is my guess.
August 7, 2012 3:21:05 PM

FinneousPJ said:
I guess it's fine depending on games you play but it'll fall behind when the next wave of games really hit is my guess.


I play mostly strategy games (football manager, civ) or currently Fallout New Vegas and DDO MMO primarily. I don't typically play the newest FPS.
August 8, 2012 8:17:24 AM

Well, if you're happy.
August 8, 2012 8:43:38 AM

+1 for FinneousPJ's setup.

If you're looking for a HDD as well, what about this one?

Your GPU should be fine for the games you listed, but as Finneous said, it won't tackle newer games too good.
August 9, 2012 3:04:25 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Well, if you're happy.


In no way did I intend to dismiss your advice. I do appreciate your time and effort, I was just following up on your comment was all so that I understood better.

Thanks again.
August 9, 2012 3:16:55 PM

No problem lol. Maybe if it still works for you for another year you can upgrade to the upcoming generation of cards when it starts to fall behind.
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