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First, a question, are hard drives reusable? I'm building a complete new pc but i want to save money by reusing my old HDD so i don't have to buy a new OS and a HDD. I will be mainly using this for gaming.

Currently i'm planning to buy this:
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Suggestions? Anything i could improve?
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Your CPU is the sweetspot, if you're looking for gaming, so thats nice and all. But i would consider upgrading your GFX. Unless you're planning on getting two 560's, I would consider a GTX 670. Although it all depends on a couple of things. What games do you play in general? And how many FPS in-game would you be satisfied with?
I would also upgrade the RAM to 8gb with the rest of the specs remaining the same. If you're short on cash, you could easily get another PSU. I have a non-modular PSU with 620 Watts (don't remember the name for it, and I'm not home), which would easily suit your needs for now. And do you really need the soundcard? If you're primarily into gaming, the soundcard is useless, unless you're planning on connecting a 5.1 surround to your setup.

Oh, and yes. You can reuse your old HDD, if it's not VERY old. What connection does your HDD use in the back?
    
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Your CPU is the sweetspot, if you're looking for gaming, so thats nice and all. But i would consider upgrading your GFX. Unless you're planning on getting two 560's, I would consider a GTX 670. Although it all depends on a couple of things. What games do you play in general? And how many FPS in-game would you be satisfied with?
I would also upgrade the RAM to 8gb with the rest of the specs remaining the same. If you're short on cash, you could easily get another PSU. I have a non-modular PSU with 620 Watts (don't remember the name for it, and I'm not home), which would easily suit your needs for now. And do you really need the soundcard? If you're primarily into gaming, the soundcard is useless, unless you're planning on connecting a 5.1 surround to your setup.
Oh, and yes. You can reuse your old HDD, if it's not VERY old. What connection does your HDD use in the back?

I play Crysis 2, Witcher 2, Batman: AC...
60 FPS will do since the human eye cannot see a difference above 60.
Maybe buy a 570?

Why 8GB RAM? Even 4GB would do for gaming.

I'll consider a non-modular.

I like listening to music.

I don't know what connection my HDD uses. It's a premade HP pc.
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I play Crysis 2, Witcher 2, Batman: AC...
60 FPS will do since the human eye cannot see a difference above 60.
Maybe buy a 570?
Why 8GB RAM? Even 4GB would do for gaming.
I'll consider a non-modular.
I like listening to music.
I don't know what connection my HDD uses. It's a premade HP pc.

You can use older HDD and CD/DVD Drives. Just make sure the HDD is plugged up via SATA connector and power supply connector.
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I play Crysis 2, Witcher 2, Batman: AC...
60 FPS will do since the human eye cannot see a difference above 60.
Maybe buy a 570?
Why 8GB RAM? Even 4GB would do for gaming.
I'll consider a non-modular.
I like listening to music.
I don't know what connection my HDD uses. It's a premade HP pc.


Ram is so cheap anymore that getting the extra 4 gigs so that you basically never run out is a no-brainer.
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I play Crysis 2, Witcher 2, Batman: AC...
60 FPS will do since the human eye cannot see a difference above 60.

False. Try looking at a 120HZ screen at a game running at 120 fps, and compare it to a 60 fps screen. The difference is definitely visible.

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Maybe buy a 570?

570 is quite a good choice, try checking out some benchmarks, and look at some overclocking capabilities online too, if you're interested in squeezing that extra juice out of your card smile.gif


Why 8GB RAM? Even 4GB would do for gaming.

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Ram is so cheap anymore that getting the extra 4 gigs so that you basically never run out is a no-brainer.

^^^ This. Ram is super-cheap, and I believe 4GB could cause a bottleneck in the nearest future. 8GB is the sweetspot/safezone or whatever you want to call it.


About the modular vs non-modular PSUs, i would definitely say that you should compromise and go with a non-modular. Modular PSUs are quite salty.

About the soundcard.
I listen to music all the time when I'm on the computer on a daily basis (That's a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers a day btw, lol)
A better headset or set of speakers would do a significant amount of improvement, compared to getting a sound card. The cards are more if you want to connect a surround setup for your computer, and your motherboard doesn't support it.

And unless your HDD is super-super old, you shouldn't have any problems hooking it up with your new setup.
    
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What about the 6970? The website has them for 250 euro (slightly cheaper than the 570). HIS IceQ, with 2GB, the 570 has 1.
Should i consider overclocking? I'm not a that advanced user, although i'm on OVERCLOCK.net rolleyes.gif Is it easy to do?

I'll go with 8GB RAM.

Modular PSUs are quite salty. What do you mean by that?

A better headset or set of speakers would do a significant amount of improvement, compared to getting a sound card.
I've read the exact opposite on the big headphone guide on this site and i already have a good headphone.

Also, how do you choose a motherboard?
I just go like,
ASUS? Check.
LGA 1155? Check.
PCIe x16? Check.
PCI? Check. (for the soundcard)
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What about the 6970? The website has them for 250 euro (slightly cheaper than the 570). HIS IceQ, with 2GB, the 570 has 1.
Should i consider overclocking? I'm not a that advanced user, although i'm on OVERCLOCK.net rolleyes.gif Is it easy to do?

Overclocking GPU's is a piece of cake. You don't have to be an advanced user. If one is an advanced user, one can always take it to the extreme and really spend a lot of time on overclocking, but it all depends on how much time you want to spend on it. Since you're not an advanced user, you can go with a small overclock, and be happy with it smile.gif

And there should be a lot of reviews and benches with those cards. You should be able to find reviewers trying the cards you're looking at with the specific games you are playing. You should even be able to find someone comparing the cards you mention above, as they're both good and popular cards.
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Modular PSUs are quite salty. What do you mean by that?

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What I meant was that modular PSUs are quite expensive. It doesn't seem like you would need a PSU to be modular, so you might as well save your money. Non-modular PSUs generally come with a lot smaller price tags thumb.gif
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I've read the exact opposite on the big headphone guide on this site and i already have a good headphone.

That's weird. I'm no expert, so that might be the case. But I wouldn't say that investing in a sound card would improve your music experience enough compared to the cost of it.
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Also, how do you choose a motherboard?

I had a friend help me with that. That also partially depends on, what you want to achieve with your computer. I have the Asus Z77. It's the newest model, but it's not the most expensive, since I'm primarily going to use it for gaming.
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I just go like,
ASUS? Check.
LGA 1155? Check.
PCIe x16? Check.
PCI? Check. (for the soundcard)

Well, that sounds reasonable. But I'm not into motherboards enough to sufficiently help you at that point. Maybe someone else can help you with motherboards. smile.gif
    
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What I meant was that modular PSUs are quite expensive. It doesn't seem like you would need a PSU to be modular, so you might as well save your money. Non-modular PSUs generally come with a lot smaller price tags

http://www.mindfactory.de/search_result.php?search_query=corsair+650w&x=0&y=0
The difference between a modular and a non-modular is 10 euro. Although the non-modular is V2, if that matters.
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http://www.mindfactory.de/search_result.php?search_query=corsair+650w&x=0&y=0
The difference between a modular and a non-modular is 10 euro. Although the non-modular is V2, if that matters.

Just sounds like the V2 is a newer and improved model. That would also do a 15-20 euro difference between the modular and non-modular.
    
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