Budget Range: $600ish (Including Tax and shipping)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: WoW, Basic web browsing and watching videos
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Case, PSU, Mobo, CPU, Ram and Optical drive (I am going to limp along on my existing GPU and HDD for now)
Do you need to buy OS: No, already have Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit on order
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reputable site
Parts Preferences: Leaning towards Intel/Nvidia but flexible
Overclocking: Not at this time (But possibly later as a means of future proofing)
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Additional Comments: I will be using the Gigabyte GTS 450OC and 500 gig HD and peripherals from my existing system for the time being.
I also have a new Apevia Java Power 650W PSU I could use to cut costs but am weary of it based on some reading I've done.
Will be looking to add a 128 gig SSD as well as a mid level GPU (ie. GTX 560Ti) in a few months and probably an additional 1TB HDD and aftermarket CPU cooler.
I really like the Antec Nine Hundred series case but ~$110 is a bit much.
I expect this system to be adequate for my needs for the next 4-5 years with the above mentionned upgrades.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I am currently running an HP a6330f (Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 Ghz) which is about 5 years old and the lack of processor power seems to be bottlenecking my system.
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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This will be my first build and these choices were made based on the information I gathered on this site/forum, I am again looking to you tech savy folks to help improve/tweek it.
Does this seem like a decent build? Is everything compatible and/or suitable for my needs? Any suggestions to improve performance or reduce costs?
Any help, feedback or suggestions are very much appreciated.
Hi.I made a list of all the things i think you should get.
The system will be based on LGA 2011 which is a very future proof platform, it has a quad core i7 with HT (one of the best processors) a nice ram kit and a good case.The power supply is also pretty amazing.It's much better than it looks on paper.
unless someone has a crystal ball, there is no such thing as future proofing a system.
Making a system that will have and extended life and at the same time not break the bank is what the OP should be shooting for.
With that being said, the key items would be the CPU and GPU. The i5 3570K is a good pick and will have several years of longevity for gaming. I see no advantage in jumping to a more expensive CPU and Platform. Yes, the LGA 1155 will end with Ivy, we don't know about LGA 2011 yet. 3 years from now both Platforms will be obsolete and intel will be on a new platform anyway. Additionally Games don't use HT, several actually run a few FPS slower, which is why THG recommends the i5 as the best gaming CPU.