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    SWToR, WoW, D3 computer that will last at least 2 years, hopefully 3+

    My wanted settings :
    Budget
    Ideally under 1000$. I already have Monitor, Headset, Mouse and Keyboard.
    Resolution
    1600x900
    Games / Settings Desired
    WoW : Very High or Ultra with 40+ FPS
    SWToR : Very High or Ultra with 40+ FPS
    D3 : Very High or Ultra with 40+ FPS
    Maybe some Arkham City & its successor
    No FPS
    Country
    Canada, Quebec
    Parts that can be reused
    Hard Drive ? They seem way too costy atm so I rather wait 6 months and get the same thing half the price then.
    My current computer :
    M4A78+
    NVidia GeForce 7600 GT
    Seagate ST33200620AS 320Gb 7200rpm
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
    Thermaltake TR2-430W
    So... lets start playing !
    Since I want this to run for at least 2 years, I'm hoping to get a system that will either run everything I want it to during that time frame from its stock settings, or have the option for overclocking when the time comes. I know nothing about hardware so please help.

    From what I read, most would go with the i5 2500k which seems to fit my needs, but what else ? It seems 8GB RAM is way enough (but memory ain't too pricey so maybe 16GB and be done with it for 3+ years ?), but which one should I take (PNY, Corsair, Kingston, G.SKills, etc.) and at what speed (1333 seem cheaper, but would 1600 be better for the future?) and then obviously, there's the whole compatibility problem... I'd give you guys a "prepared list", but everytime I try to make one I just select stuff almost randomly since I know nothing :/

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    if you go with a 560 ti right now you will also get Arkham City for free... since you are planning on playing it might be a good idea.

    I think that 8GB is fine and personally I like Kingston and Corsair ram (been using them for years). I think a lot of people are behind the G.Skills. Definitely go with the 1600.

    Sorry... I have to do prices in US currency... hope things will come out close.

    so...
    Case: HAF 912 $60
    MoBo: ASRock Z68 PRO3 $100
    PSU: Corsair ES TX650w $100 (with rebate)
    CPU: i5 2500k $225
    GPU: Galaxy 560ti $200 (with rebate plus comes w/ Batman AC)
    RAM: Kingston 8gb $45
    HDD:Caviar Black $140
    OS: Windows 7 $100
    Optical: Asus 24X $20

    so if I add that together right everything comes to about $990 and you will have a mean machine for a few years... upgrade a HS later on so you can OC that 2500k.

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    Reading what you want to play at high to ultra @ 40fps and $1000 budget your aiming a bit low id say. I will admit my current build A to Z was roughly $1300 give or take a few bucks. However if your wanting only 40 fps im assuming your not even entertaining the thought of sli or cfx so budget could get closer to $900-1000 for basically 60fps maybe dumping to 50, lowest ive seen which was day of my build , 48fps full ultra in 25m raid being seeds exploding on rag. Thats not even a tickle to your eyes when raiding.

    Basically you want

    CPU: i5-2500(K) $190-220 (AMD is a valid option but is not the fastest or as futureproof currently) AMD 980 black $150-180
    MOBO: ASUS MSI ASRock (z68 or p67 Chipset) $100-$120
    Ram: 8gb 1600mhz ram from basically anyone $45 (corsair or Gskill id recommend)
    PSU: 500w-600w Corsair PC Power and cooling i recommend you look around yourself and find something quality for $100
    GPU: Nvidia 560ti Radeon 6950 $200-250

    Now these are basics to get you looking at stuff more involved yourself. The rough area estimate is like $650 for those parts. This give's you some directions and some leeway to play w/ customizing it just to your liking. Lil research and a little direction is all it takes.

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    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129066(Come with 4Fans ! best deal ever) - 70$
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.777643Core i5 2500k (CPU+Mobo Deal)
    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.777643MSI Z68 GD55 (CPU+Mobo Deal) - 375$
    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233186Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1600Mhz (Rebate ) - 40$
    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127615 MSI GTX560Ti 448Cores Twin Frozr III - 310$
    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371048 Antec 620W Current Pro Gaming (More deal!) - 65$
    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136769 Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM 16Mb FFS HDD cost a ton now ;( - 110$
    Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065 CoolerMaster 212+ [/URL] (I strongly suggest you to a buy a A50 or A70) - 25$

    Total : 995$+ TX and Shipping

    This video card will OC like a beast
    You can easily Overclock your CPU to 4.5ghz with this CPU/Mobo/Heatsink!

    My bad if you need a OS included in the 1000$
    Last edited by mnm; 2011-12-04 at 02:20 AM.
    Core i5 3570k @ 4.7Ghz | Asus Gene Z77 | 16GB Ripjaws Z 2133Mhz | Asus GTX780 SLI
    Corsair 350D | Corsair H100i Push/Pull | RAID0 2X Corsair GT3 240GB | Corsair AX860i

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    honestly, I would put off buying that heatsink for a few months or a year+ and just not OC... put that money into the Caviar Black. You can always buy backup storage when the price goes back down... but you want a good boot drive/load drive for your games. Also... that Video card is a bit crazy for what the OP is looking for... could stick with the 560 ti normal model and pick up the OS with his savings if he needs one.

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    Yea sure buy a K serie and dont overclock it ... stupid I am!
    Core i5 3570k @ 4.7Ghz | Asus Gene Z77 | 16GB Ripjaws Z 2133Mhz | Asus GTX780 SLI
    Corsair 350D | Corsair H100i Push/Pull | RAID0 2X Corsair GT3 240GB | Corsair AX860i

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    noticed your in canada so id recommend checking out ncix.com. i bought a 2500k+gigabyte z68 mobo deal there a few weeks back for 389$, they have weekly sales in the top left hand side of their website and some of them are very good.Although your expactations are not very high with 40fps on ultra,this should be easy to do with a $1000 budget. i think i paid 370ish for a 750w xfx psu and 6950 gppu deal aswell, if you can find these deals there still,or similar thats about $800 leaving you with $200 for memory and a case. coolermaster haf 912 is around $50 and has alot of fans/fan mountings plus enough room for the 6950 and then do whatever you want for memory. I never drop below 70-80 fps with everything maxed on this set up even in a raid and at times i get near 200fps. BF3 maxed i run about 70fps. I have my chip overclocked a lil aswell and another thing you will def need is cooling for the chip, the crap the 2500k comes with is terrible so pick up a good noctua fan
    Last edited by bubblinya; 2011-12-04 at 04:21 AM.

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    Ty for everything guys ! I'll compile all that and make a "pre-build" I'll run by you again in case of compatibility issues!

    To clarify, I currently play WoW at 20 FPS with everything at Low/Off and don't feel it's lagging... but just not very pretty!
    I don't see how 60+ FPS would make it so amazing to the eye as I feel everything runs smooth at 20 FPS.

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    With your monitor at 1600x900, you could pay $500 and get everything you're asking for, going all the way up to $1000 on the same monitor would be a huge waste; I recommend grabbing a new monitor somewhere in that $1000 so you can game at 1920x1080 and appreciate your new hardware a little bit better.
    Last edited by Marrowwind; 2011-12-04 at 05:11 AM.

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    i7-4770k - GTX 780 Ti - 16GB DDR3 Ripjaws - (2) HyperX 120s / Vertex 3 120
    ASRock Extreme3 - JBL S300A - FiiO E10 - EVGA Supernova 650G - Corsair H80i

    build pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by glo View Post
    Forgot the aftermarket CPU cooler. Whatever you do, don't ever attempt overclocks on stock cooling.
    Oh I know, I just won't overclock until performance requires it in the future. Might be I never will, but the option is worth having and I will buy a cooler if I need to.

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    If you're not doing it right now, you could save a pretty penny by downgrading to a H67 board and a normal i5 2500. Ivy Bridge is coming out soon, and most 1155 boards will be compatible. Instead of overclocking way down the line when Ivy Bridge is released, you can take the money you saved and put it towards a new processor or a new GPU (now or in the future, like a 6950).

    Just a thought.
    i7-4770k - GTX 780 Ti - 16GB DDR3 Ripjaws - (2) HyperX 120s / Vertex 3 120
    ASRock Extreme3 - JBL S300A - FiiO E10 - EVGA Supernova 650G - Corsair H80i

    build pics

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