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post #1 of 8
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I plan to upgrade my current rig to play the new games(atleast playable). Obviously $600 ain't going to be playing Crysis on max.

The things I already have:
Monitor(likely to upgrade)
Keyboard + Mouse
Case
500w PSU
X-FI Sound Card

The things I want/would like:
Sata Harddrive
Dual Core processor
Dual/Quad capable motherboard(does not need SLI capable)
DDR2 800 Ram
GOOD PCI-E video card

So far I'm looking at

Hard drive
Western Digital WD2500AAKS 250GB
or
Seagate ST3250410AS 250GB
Which is better?

Memory:
Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800

Video card:
XFX 8800GT 256mb

I need help with choice of CPU and Motherboard, if you feel that there is something better for the same price or lesser feel free to suggest.
First Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6600 @ 3.2Ghz DFI LP DK P35 EVGA 8800GTS 512MB G.SKILL 4GB DDR2 1000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 640GB Black Samsung DVD-RW SATA Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Samsung 245BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair 620HX Antec 1200 Logitech G9 
Mouse Pad
Razer eXactMat 
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Intel Q6600 @ 3.2Ghz DFI LP DK P35 EVGA 8800GTS 512MB G.SKILL 4GB DDR2 1000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 640GB Black Samsung DVD-RW SATA Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Samsung 245BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair 620HX Antec 1200 Logitech G9 
Mouse Pad
Razer eXactMat 
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post #2 of 8
Motherboard: DFI Blood Iron
CPU: Intel C2D E6750
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1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5  Apple Macbook Intel HD Graphics 5000 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
128GB flash storage Mavericks 11.6-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescr... Built-in 38-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery 
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Allum body Stereo speakers 
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1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5  Apple Macbook Intel HD Graphics 5000 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
128GB flash storage Mavericks 11.6-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescr... Built-in 38-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery 
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post #3 of 8
I agree with Chuck you could also get the Gigabyte DS3L as an alternative to the Blood Iron. You might want to consider getting a 8800GT 512MB, the 256MB isn't really adequate for today's gaming. For the hard drives, they are pretty equal, but I think the WD AAKS is a little faster.
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i5-4670k GA-Z87X-UD3H Sapphire 7950 Dual X G.SKILL 2400 MHz 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
Sandisk Extreme 240GB SSD Seagate Barracuda 3TB Cooler Master Seidon 240M Dell U2412M 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
WASD Mechanical OCZ ZS 550W Fractal Arc Midi R2 Logitech G9x 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
Sandisk Extreme 240GB SSD Seagate Barracuda 3TB Cooler Master Seidon 240M Dell U2412M 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
WASD Mechanical OCZ ZS 550W Fractal Arc Midi R2 Logitech G9x 
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post #4 of 8
Yeah id definatly get the 512MB GT.

And for the motherboard get a cheap p35 board, and an e6750 CPU.
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Intel Core i5 2320 3.0GHz ASRock Gigabyte GTX 460 768MB G.Skill Ripjaw 32GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
5 x 500GB Seagate SATA BenQ DVD Writer Windows 7 Pro 64Bit LG L204WT 20.1" WS 
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HP OCZ StealthXStreme 600W CM 690 Creative 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I'm going to try and get my dad to cough up some money to add to my $500 after christmas, If there is new motherboards and cpu's for around the same price I'll just switch to those. I will currently be never buying from dell again!
First Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6600 @ 3.2Ghz DFI LP DK P35 EVGA 8800GTS 512MB G.SKILL 4GB DDR2 1000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 640GB Black Samsung DVD-RW SATA Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Samsung 245BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair 620HX Antec 1200 Logitech G9 
Mouse Pad
Razer eXactMat 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6600 @ 3.2Ghz DFI LP DK P35 EVGA 8800GTS 512MB G.SKILL 4GB DDR2 1000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 640GB Black Samsung DVD-RW SATA Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Samsung 245BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair 620HX Antec 1200 Logitech G9 
Mouse Pad
Razer eXactMat 
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post #6 of 8
Go with the WD HDD, Seagates have this annoying tendency to burst into flames(metaphorically speaking).

The suggested mobo and cpu combo should work just fine.

But seriously swap the memory with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098 and put the extra $55 into an 8800GT 512, preferably an EVGA model so you can still ask your dad for some money and step up to a 9 series card in February.
    
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Core i5 4670k ASUS Maximus VI Gene Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB Kingston Hyper-X 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 830 OCZ Vertex 3 WD6401AALS WD5000AAKS 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 elementary OS Dell Ultrasharp U2312HM LG W2442PA-BF 
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Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Corsair HX750W Corsair Graphite 600T Logitech G700 
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Core i5 4670k ASUS Maximus VI Gene Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB Kingston Hyper-X 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 830 OCZ Vertex 3 WD6401AALS WD5000AAKS 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 elementary OS Dell Ultrasharp U2312HM LG W2442PA-BF 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Corsair HX750W Corsair Graphite 600T Logitech G700 
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post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by nathris View Post
Go with the WD HDD, Seagates have this annoying tendency to burst into flames(metaphorically speaking).

The suggested mobo and cpu combo should work just fine.

But seriously swap the memory with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098 and put the extra $55 into an 8800GT 512, preferably an EVGA model so you can still ask your dad for some money and step up to a 9 series card in February.
Don't get that RAM, get the Ballistix for about the same price. They use D9 chips while that kit doesn't, the Crucial will OC much better.
Haswell
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4670k GA-Z87X-UD3H Sapphire 7950 Dual X G.SKILL 2400 MHz 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
Sandisk Extreme 240GB SSD Seagate Barracuda 3TB Cooler Master Seidon 240M Dell U2412M 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
WASD Mechanical OCZ ZS 550W Fractal Arc Midi R2 Logitech G9x 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Steelseries 4HD Klispch Promedia 2.1 Sennheiser HD650/Gamma2 DAC/Millet Minimax Amp 
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Haswell
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4670k GA-Z87X-UD3H Sapphire 7950 Dual X G.SKILL 2400 MHz 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
Sandisk Extreme 240GB SSD Seagate Barracuda 3TB Cooler Master Seidon 240M Dell U2412M 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
WASD Mechanical OCZ ZS 550W Fractal Arc Midi R2 Logitech G9x 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Steelseries 4HD Klispch Promedia 2.1 Sennheiser HD650/Gamma2 DAC/Millet Minimax Amp 
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post #8 of 8
Added E6750 and Gigabyte P35-DS3L or Abit IP35.
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