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January 21, 2013 3:11:13 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks


Budget Range: 800-850 usd


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming


Are you buying a monitor: no


Parts to Upgrade: everything


Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts newegg.com


Location: City, State/Region, Country usa,missouri,cape girardeau


Parts Preferences: by brand or type intel


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: not sure what this is


Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


Additional Comments: play swtor wow sc2 looking to play gw2 when i upgrade


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: im using a emachine comp with this hardware so cant play nothing besides on the lowest graphics and framerate

Athlon II X2 220(2.80GHz)
2GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE

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January 21, 2013 3:26:00 AM

Chose a z77 board and a smallish CPU cooler to allow overclocking.
The 3470 can be pushed up to 4.0ghz using the max turbo multiplier.
The CNPSX5 can work fine for a small overclock like this.
The z77 also gives you the ability to use Intel SRT to cache your HDD if you buy a SSD later on.
The 7870 will be more than capable for 1280x1024 Ultra gameplay.
Newegg is the vendor for all parts


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $856.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 00:23 EST-0500)


Here is a AMD version
It uses a weaker CPU but it can overclock to about 4.5ghz so I paired it with a stronger CPU cooler. It will prefrom weaker than the Intel i5 3470 but I paired it with a factory OC 7870 which also has a better cooler.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $835.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 00:32 EST-0500)
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January 21, 2013 3:49:50 AM
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January 21, 2013 3:56:15 AM

If I choose not to overclock would I save money and I'm not all in to win 8 heard in the new os they have a lot of security features to make it a pain for noobies to upgrade don't and I'm not even sure how or what the benignit of overclocking is
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January 21, 2013 4:00:07 AM

Benifit sorry on my phone
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January 21, 2013 4:30:48 AM

You would save some money on the CPU cooler $10-30 dollars
I paired my build with Windows 7 :D 
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January 21, 2013 6:34:27 AM

Best answer selected by mizzat420.
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January 21, 2013 6:55:44 AM

yea im going to pick ur build was wondering is there any other items i have to get for the build was going to get a anti static band but what about cables adapters when i watched newegg how to build a pc vids the wires for the front usb power ect cables looked confusing would u suggest nothing or should i buy something else
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January 21, 2013 3:48:58 PM

The cables should all work fine together
The case may come with some cable ties already to do some cable management (bundle wire together and hold them off to the side or behind motherboard tray) but to be safe you can get some first. The asrock board might have some front panel q adapter (you plug all the ites into adapter and then plug adapter onto motherbaord so its easier) so you can use those. Be sure to read the installation manual to plug everything into the right place an have fun :D 
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January 21, 2013 5:20:11 PM

okay thanks looking to upgrade from 8gb of ram to 16 but not sure what one to get
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January 21, 2013 7:25:04 PM

For gaming you won't need more than 8gb. Only reason to go 16GB is for media editting and streaming
I would look for a cheap 16gb 1600mhz set from kingston/patriot/corsair/mushkin/giel/gakill/crucial
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January 21, 2013 11:49:42 PM

well i play star wars the old republic and people on the swtor forums say 16gb will be good due to the memory leaks they have
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January 21, 2013 11:58:10 PM

Well if the other players believe there to be a memory leak in the game you might want to consider more ram then. You can always buy 2 sets of ram e.g. 2 sets of 2x4gb for 16GB total. Buy one first and see how it goes and it you need more ram, grab the other set. The price of a 16GB set is pretty much the same as 2 8gb sets.
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