1st timer that needs advice on new build


I've recently started playing computer games such as WoW, Skyrim, and etc. It just so happened that my motherboard decided to get fried in my normal computer yesterday and i'm now looking to build one so that I don't waste a ton of money on buying a whole one. The problem is that i've never built one before and there are too many options to choose from even after being guided from videos on websites like teksyndicate and etc. I put one together on pcpartpicker and I would like some input on whether this is good enough to play games like WoW and Skyrim on decent settings. I would also like to know whether or not I need to buy anything else at all to have a good running gaming computer. Here's the build

*I would also like to see if I could put my HDD from my old computer into this new build. How can I tell if it's compatible?

All help is greatly appreciated! :D
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  1. I would also like to know if there's anything that I should replace in the build.
  2. if your old HDD is SATA, then it should work fine.

    here'd my tweaking of your build. I'm going to suggest a AMD A10 build over your 860. just a better cpu all around.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($50.60 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Rosewill R363-M-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $494.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-09 16:54 EST-0500)
  3. If you have a micro center near you they have a special of 40 dollars off with the purchase of a i5-3570k @ 169.99. Can't really beat that deal.
  4. I suggest drop the SSD and put the money in a better GPU.
  5. What's the reasoning behind not getting the SSD? Btw my HDD is only 250gb and is the SSD just not that much faster or is a better video card going to have a ton more benefits?
  6. After looking at Screwysqrl and Hiii's suggestion I switched a bunch of stuff up and decided to try a faster cpu, a different case, and a better video card.

    Here's what I came up with:http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rKDp

    Do you think there's any better video cards for the price? Also, it says that the usb 3.0 ports won't work with the case chosen. Is that a big price and if so, how is it fixable?
  7. No, that won't do, that psu that comes with the case will not powerup the 6870, see a good price/performance intel buid :
    You have an option of latter on, switch for an i5 or i7 ivybridge with pcie 3.0 support(in the future), the psu is really a good one and for a 660 gtx will do, by the way the 660 gtx is a much powerful card than the 6870, it beats the 7850.


    Or if you want amd build :

  8. If you want an AMD card similar to the 660 look for a 7870.

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