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November 15, 2012 1:09:27 AM

Don't plan on changing from console gaming because of friends and the most graphic heavy thing I'd probably play would be WoW or some other mmo if I ever changed. I want to be able to play WoW with at least 60 fps on ultra in raids. I don't think it'll cost that much for a build since WoW isn't very graphic heavy so I'm expecting to pay less but $1200 is the max. And the $1200 includes the monitor.

Approximate Purchase Date: Over the next week or two during the black friday related sales. The sooner the better.

Budget Range: $1200 after rebates and before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming, internet surfing,movies)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, plan on buying some 1920 x 1080 24 inch monitor but I don't want to spend more than $200 on the monitor alone

Parts to Upgrade: starting from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Parts Preferences: Don't know brands really

Overclocking: Yes, if it's extremely easy to do (I'm an idiot at computers)

SLI or Crossfire: No but maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: no monitor, want at least 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: For a case although more expensive than what I need to spend, was wanting to get the NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case. Or if any better suggestions, just want one that looks pretty awesome (Might get LED fans).

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Old computer sucked and got rid of it.

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November 15, 2012 1:19:11 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($125.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.56 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($171.97 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.00 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $890.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 22:19 EST-0500)

It's more or less this. You only need an Intel Dual Core for Wow. There's really no point going over unless you want to be a bit futureproof then you should go with an i5-3470. Make sure to install the OS and Wow on the SSD Samsung 830 so LOAD TIMES WILL BE GONE
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November 15, 2012 5:54:59 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nNuM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($227.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1087.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 02:54 EST-0500)

This is one of the few instances I would recommend a nVIDIA card - WoW.
AMD cards are known to struggle in this particular game, for reasons unknown.
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November 15, 2012 6:02:15 AM

To run wow you don't really need to spend that much, but in case you get into PC gaming i agree with excellas build^
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November 15, 2012 11:11:19 PM

excella1221 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nNuM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($227.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1087.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 02:54 EST-0500)

This is one of the few instances I would recommend a nVIDIA card - WoW.
AMD cards are known to struggle in this particular game, for reasons unknown.


Well I want to make this computer as future proof as possible so I'd probably go with excella's build.

I can't find the CPU you suggested on microcenter which I can buy from so should I just buy the i5-3570k ($3 cheaper after taxes)? Or stick with the same but buy from newegg?

Just wondering how much fps I should expect on ultra (WoW) then and how long should I expect this computer to be able to hand ultra for? As in next year, 2 years etc...

Might try out Guild Wars 2 and if I did should I expect the similar fps (on max)with that as I'd get on WoW?

I definitely want to get the NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case. (Even though it's a waste of money) So will this case work fine with the rest of the stuff you suggested?

And lastly, is this an overclock build?
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November 15, 2012 11:37:51 PM

No, it's not an OC build. For OC, you need to get an unlocked CPU - in this case, a 3570k; as well as a z75 or z77 motherboard.

The 660 should be able to play WoW on Ultra forever. I doubt it's going to get any more graphic intensive. You'll probably get less fps in GW2 than WoW but you should still get enough for high to ultra.
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November 18, 2012 9:16:05 PM

excella1221 said:
No, it's not an OC build. For OC, you need to get an unlocked CPU - in this case, a 3570k; as well as a z75 or z77 motherboard.

The 660 should be able to play WoW on Ultra forever. I doubt it's going to get any more graphic intensive. You'll probably get less fps in GW2 than WoW but you should still get enough for high to ultra.

Probably going to buy this all over the weekend but just to make sure if I do not plan on overclocking (which I would rather not) get everything you listed except I plan on getting the NZXT case.

Should I get a cpu cooler? Assuming no if I do not overclock.

And should I get any extra fans for inside the computer case, the 100 mm or however big they are ones?

And that's it unless you having any suggestions on whether or not I should get an extended warranty on specific parts or something.
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November 18, 2012 9:28:09 PM

CPU comes together with stock cooler, if you're not overclocking it should be fine. So you dont need another.
You maybe need one cooler to exhaust from case. And you're fine without it if you dont get it.
Extended warranty is not neccessary, imho.
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November 18, 2012 10:12:59 PM

Right now newegg is having a sale that ends tonight on the: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)

For $139.99 after a $20 rebate should I go with the monitor above or this one?
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November 19, 2012 3:04:20 AM

There is no future proofing with computers. The moment you buy your computer, it becomes obsolete in a matter of months.
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