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Hey all. First off, thanks for the site. I have been reading and researching for many weeks now, and this has been among my go-to sites for great information. The resources both here in the forums and on the main pages have been very helpful.

I am getting ready to build a new desktop for mainly games and web-browsing. I play a lot of WoW and the CoD series. I would like to get into more intense games, but my current laptop wont allow it. I have been through 3 laptops in the last 3 years and all except for the first one, which I am currently using, have died within a year or so. Needless to say, throwing down another 1k plus on another laptop has been given the axe by the wife!

I have been given the go ahead to purchase pieces as funds are available, probably covering the next month or so. My budget is $700. I have the monitor, keyboard and mouse already. Keep in mind that the budget has to include an OS.

My main concern is longevity. I know that I will be able to upgrade much easier with a desktop, but I want something that will last me a year, minimum before I need to do that. I will be operating at a max resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Here is what I have come up with:

Case: Rosewill Challenger
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6811147153

Mobo: MSI PH61A-P35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813130609

Video: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814130625

Power Supply: Antec Earthwatts Green 430W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6817371034

CPU: Intel Core I3-2120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6819115077

RAM: Wintec AMPO 4GB DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6820161456

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6822148701

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6832116986

Wireless: Rosewill external antennae
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6833166056

Grand total is $686.91 without shipping.

Please comment and let me know if this is viable for long term use and upgradeability, as well as anything you think I might want to change, or anything that may come available in the next month or so.

Sorry for the length and thanks again!


One of my biggest concerns right off the bat is the MoBo. I just am not sure where to go with this one.
How far into the future are you looking to be proof? I see your budget is 700 so you don't have a whole lot of wiggle room from what you already have. I see your price currently says without shipping. If we look into it are we to not take into account shipping as well?
Shipping is negligible. I would love to not have to upgrade for a year or so. I know that things change quickly in this world, so I am not unreasonable. My thoughts are that the MoBo, GPU and CPU are going to be the biggest issues. It is not a hard budget, more a pre-agreed upon budget. I can get shipping by the wife!
I would get a Radeon 6850 instead considering it's cheaper/better,and atleast a 500w psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...0eco%20520

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814102908
Awesome...Thanks for the ideas. It has been probably 7+ years since I built my last pc, so all input is appreciated!
Do you have to go wireless? For just over the price of the Roswell antenna you could double your RAM, which is probably the most bang you can get for your buck.
Unfortunately, I do. I set up in my living room and my router is hidden in a closet, so wireless is the only way. I can probably squeeze another $20 or so for more RAM if that would help with the build. Again, thanks for the input!
(12-25-2011, 06:36 PM)Poppy-seede Wrote: [ -> ]I would get a Radeon 6850 instead considering it's cheaper/better,and atleast a 500w psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...0eco%20520

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814102908

You most definitely do not need a 500W power supply.
(12-28-2011, 03:06 PM)Brian Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-25-2011, 06:36 PM)Poppy-seede Wrote: [ -> ]I would get a Radeon 6850 instead considering it's cheaper/better,and atleast a 500w psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...0eco%20520

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814102908

You most definitely do not need a 500W power supply.

Sorry I ment for overhead room and if down the road he wanted an I5 And a few other things.

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(12-28-2011, 03:33 PM)Poppy-seede Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-28-2011, 03:06 PM)Brian Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-25-2011, 06:36 PM)Poppy-seede Wrote: [ -> ]I would get a Radeon 6850 instead considering it's cheaper/better,and atleast a 500w psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...0eco%20520

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814102908

You most definitely do not need a 500W power supply.

Sorry I ment for overhead room if down the road he wanted an I5 And a few other things.

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You still don't need 500W for an i5.
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