$1k 1st build for GW2

Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks

Budget Range: around $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: guild wars 2, other mmorpgs, streaming media

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All, starting from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: cheapest

Location: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: not sure. better performance on GW2 is a +

Overclocking: NO

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 37" samsung hdtv 1080p

Additional Comments: Looking for a mid tower that will be unobtrusive under a tv, easy to put together and upgrade

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I tried to play GW2 on my 3 year old laptop. It runs, but just barely. As much as I like gaming on a laptop, I can't afford to buy a new one every couple years. Also, as a side benefit I'd like to set up a media server to stream music and video to other devices in the house.
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  1. 1k is more than you need to spend to get good performance in GW2, just so you know. But I can build a computer that can kick any game's butt at that price range.
  2. Crap.. I forgot a hard drive lol. Gimme a couple minutes to re-work it.
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  4. Thanks nekulturny. $1000 is my max. I'd rather spend less now and upgrade later, rather than paying for overkill for my current needs.
  5. Alritey. You could drop the video card down to this, still have great gaming performance.

    Does that get you in budget?

    I'm looking at that exact video card myself, beginning of October.
  6. take out the mouse if you dont like it. the keyboard is very good
  7. Do I need to buy a separate CPU cooler?
  8. not really. you cant overclock anyways so the stock fan is fine. if you do want one just for quieter operation or lower temps, a hyper tx3 should be good for your usage
  9. justagirl said:
    Do I need to buy a separate CPU cooler?

    Negative. In your form, you said you didn't want to overclock, although I'm a firm believer in buying a CPU that does support overclocking as its one of the main advantages of building your own vs buying a pre-built, neither the mobo nor CPU I recommended support overclocking. Hence, no need for anything more than the CPU cooler that comes with the i5 processor.
  10. nekulturny said:
    Crap.. I forgot a hard drive lol. Gimme a couple minutes to re-work it.

    LOL Thats happened to me too

    I didnt choose a motherboard because when I clicked on motherboards nothing showed up
  12. it works for me guerrero. you click some random buttons in the narrow down list
  13. Best answer selected by justagirl.
  14. so i'm going with nekulturny's build with the gpu downgrade. my followup question is about cases.

    The space I'm working with is vertically limited. The TV stand looks something like this: A wire rack with about 16" of clearance between the shelves and a few inches between the bottom shelf and the floor. I need to put the computer on the bottom shelf.

    My question is, is there a vertical case that will accommodate this build and also fit in this space? As an alternative to a vertical arrangement, can I lay any tower horizontally given the open space under the bottom shelf?
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