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First Build since 2004 - Need Guidance, Please.

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January 10, 2013 9:32:10 PM

Hello,

I'm in desperate need of an upgrade. I've been running the same old 939 board since they were released back in 2004.

I currently have a 175 Opteron and 9800GT -- and as a 720p low-end setting gamer was able to do ok on games up until recently.

Being as I haven't upgraded or built a pc in a very long time -- i'm kinda out of the loop. A large portion of my salvagable components (450 PSU, HDD, Disc Drive, etc) are failing so I am just going to do a complete new build from the ground up.

I took some time to do some research and decided to give myself about an 800-900 budget. Again, I game on a 720p display (A HDTV) from 8 feet a way so I don't need crazy high resolutions or AA, but I would like to be able to turn the effects back to high like I used to.

Now, here's what I've come up with so far. I'd like to know your opinions. Is there something I could replace it with to get a longer lifespan out of it, more performance, etc.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
MOBO: AS Rock LGA1155
Optical: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW
PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w
HDD: WD Blue 250 GB Desktop Hard Drive
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) 1600 MHz

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB

CASE: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1

Again, I need everything aside from salvaging my peripherals... This runs me a total with shipping and everything at $863.37

Should I jump on this..or is there more I could do? I really don't want to go much over in price. I just want something that's going to last. I know the GPU is on the weaker end, but I can always upgrade that later on.

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January 11, 2013 12:46:37 AM

You should get the 660ti. I respect the 7950 greatly, but the 660ti around the same in performance, but the 7950 does not come into its own until you get into the over full HD resolutions.
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January 11, 2013 12:54:53 AM

the 660ti performs less but with a tad more stability. the 7950 performs better either way and has more value for the money. just pick one
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