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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($5.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 18:38 EST-0500)
I want this build to run WoW on high settings. I always turn off shadows because I dislike them anyways, but other than that, everything is maxed. I need to be able to record full size, 1920x1080 with 30 fps. I also want to render videos and not have it take 40 minutes like it does now. After looking around a while and reading these forums a bit, I came up with this build. I do not want to spend even this much, but I don't think I can go any cheaper and still get the performance I want.
How big of a deal would upping to the 7950 be? Is there anywhere I could cut costs? Is that a decent cooler for the cpu? Is this particular motherboard decently simple for OCing purposes?
Any other advice/comments welcome. Thanks.
---------- Post added 2013-02-23 at 05:45 PM ----------
Addendum -- I have a 500GB USB 3.0 external. I use it for recording atm, since I only have one HDD right now and without another drive to put the videos on I end up getting stuttering lag, presumptuously due to read/write speeds being too slow. Anyone ever ran with just an SSD and external? Had any space issues? I usually do use a ton of space but I can be more conservative and stop leaving HD movies around in my hard drive.