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New Gaming PC build advice?

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November 28, 2012 11:37:46 PM

This will be my first time building a computer, so I'd like to run my choice of parts by you guys. If anyone with more experience can give some advice, it would be much appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: Within 30 days

Budget Range: Under $550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Motherboard, RAM, power supply, video card, and case

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX

Location: Tecumseh/Ontario/Canada

Parts Preferences: Any

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: I have Windows XP 32bit, which apparently cannot handle over 3.5GB of RAM, which is why I've selected 4GB instead of 8GB.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Because my current PC is about 5 years old, and I would like to be able to play games such as Skyrim, Natural Selection 2, and Starcraft 2 with acceptable frame rate (40-60).

---LIST OF PARTS I HAVE CHOSEN SO FAR---

-Intel Core i3 3220 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Ivy Bridge 3MB Retail Box
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=75429&vpn=BX80637I33220&m...

-ASUS P8B75-M LE uATX LGA1155 B75 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI SATA3 DVI HDMI USB3.0 Motherboard
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=71808&vpn=P8B75-...

-G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=42745&vpn=F3-12800CL9D-4G...

- XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 44A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=59615&vpn=P1550S...

-MSI Radeon HD 7770 1000MHZ 1GB 4.5GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=72479&vpn=R7...

-Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29812&vpn=THREE%...

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December 19, 2012 5:05:10 PM

Bump!
December 19, 2012 11:15:53 PM

Why don't you upgrade XP with it? The upgrade to 8 is only $40 to download and Microsoft is about to stop supporting XP if they haven't already. Also you'll be able to support more RAM with a 64-bit version. These are pretty cheap http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... although I'm not sure if your site has the same offer.
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