Building my first PC

Reavyn

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I started out just wanting to upgrade my current PC. Sadly, it's a Dell, and one that doesn't have a lot of upgrade options at that. So I figured I would just build a new computer.

Looking for advice on what I've chosen to put into it. I'm a gamer, MMO's and high end games. I'm wanting this PC to last me for sometime with the option of upgrading in the future without breaking the bank right now.

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

Motherboard: ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Graphics Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Optical Drive: Just using the one in my current computer.

Power Supply: Trying to decide on this still (any advice on this would be helpful)

Sound Card: Not going to worry about this until a later date

I'll be learning a ton about computers (I've already learned a good bit just from searching for parts) while doing this, watching videos of builds and such. So any helpful information anyone has for me will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

I usually game at 1680x1050 resolution.

My current computer specs

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+ (2 CPUs), ~3.0GHz

Motherboard: ASUS M2N61-AX (designed specifically for Dell)

Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT

Memory: 4GB DDR2

Hard Drive: 1.5TB

Power Supply: 300watt I think?

My budget is trying my hardest to stay under $800.
 

Reavyn

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Well, when a certain MMO comes out I may be hooking my computer up to my television for 1920x1080 resolution.

Also, I'm stupid. I was thinking about my work computer (which sucks). My resolution at home is 1680x1050 if I'm not mistaken.
 

michxymi

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I would get this GPU instead. It has a little lower perfomance than 560ti but also costs ~40-55$ dollars more! And It will tear appart everything at this resolution :D

XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506

For PSU there's only one choice

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013&Tpk=xfx%20550w

And you can also check this case too. Great features for low price!

ENERMAX HOPLITE ECA3220 Black 0.6 & 0.8mm SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811124139