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    Help with new computer build!

    I have a relatively small budget ($500-$800; Can go higher...but would prefer not to break the bank)

    Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (it's a two year old Samsung $200 24" monitor)
    Games / Settings Desired: World of Warcraft Mist of Pandaria!
    Any other intensive software or special things you do (Frequent video encoding, 3D modeling, etc): None of the above! Strictly for "hard-core" gaming, school uses and everyday web searches

    Country: USA
    Parts that can be reused: My last computer died (faulty motherboard I believe Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156)
    But I still have: Radeon HD 5660 graphics card
    Cosair Gaming RAM (XMS3 4x2GB) 1.50V Version 3.11
    2TB western Hard drive (but I would lilke to get a new smaller HD, and possibly a small solid state drive to save my game + OEM on, thought on that?)
    Basic DVD RW disc reader (works perfectly for me)
    Large Antec Computer case (but fans do not work as well, need to upgrade if I were to re use)
    700 Watt power supple (cannot find my box for this, but I believe it's a roswill)
    Intel i5 (I think 3.2), but it's LGA 1156

    Do you need an OS? No! I have my key and disc
    Do you need peripherals (e.g. monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc)? no!

    Ideally include a list of parts, we see the same request almost every day. There are other topics that have parts lists that you can copy and modify.

    Case:Cooler Master Elite 431 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window
    CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.60 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology
    Liquid Cooling: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) w/ standard coolant
    MOBO: [CrossFireX] GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AMD 970 Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w/ On/Off Charge, Ultra Durable™3, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, IEEE1394a, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe X16, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (Pro OC Certified) [+19]
    Memory:Corsair 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/2133MHz Dual Channel Memory
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 1GB 16X
    Power Supply: 500 Watts - Corsair CX500 V2 80 Plus Certified Power Supply
    Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
    SSD: 60GB Corsair Force Series SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 550MB/s Read & 510MB/s Write

    Let me know your thoughts and suggestions! (I'm curious about trying a AMD over a intel, but have no past use of a AMD CPU)

    Thanks again!

  2. #2
    I would do something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $813.78
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    • Intel CPUs, especially in WoW, run all over AMD CPUs.
    • The 660 is such a great card, and it isn't that much more expensive than the 650.
    • Closed loop liquid cooling systems don't really offer any performance increase over air coolers.

    If you really want an SSD, you could switch to a 3570 (non-K) and an H77 motherboard (but you won't be able to overclock), or you could drop down to the GTX 650. I'd recommend a 128GB Samsung 830: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung...ve-mz7pc128bww

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