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Sorry about the PIC quality :( Fixed the sizes though :)

I have been wanting to upgrade my PC. My original specs were ASUS M2N-SLI AMD Phenom II 9950 Quad Core 4 GB Value RAM Hitachi 500GB 7200 RPM HDD Windows Vista 32bit

Being that I am now back into Word Of Warcraft, I realized for certain parts a newer build would be best. On low settings on the old build, I got avg. of 20 FPS.

With my new build I get about 30 FPS on Medium settings (I need a newer Video card, but from low to medium, is still a big difference).

So let me talk about my build

CPU: From the second I started planning to build a PC, I decided that no matter what, the end route would be the 4590k. I do not need Hyper Threading, so why get the 4790k? This thing is already a beast for the tasks that I throw at it, and it isn't even overclocked! I haven't overclocked it yet because there really is no need to yet, since the CPU is fairly new, being released pretty early in 2014.

MOBO: I was so focused on a Z97 chipset, so I can either just OC in the future, or get the next generation Intel CPU (Broadwell right?). Or heck, maybe even both. This being my first build, I wanted to make sure it was a reliable and not too fancy of a motherboard.

RAM: I basically went for the cheapest 2 x 4 GB RAM I could find at the time that matched my case and motherboard combo. So, definitely a big increase from the old DDR2 4 gigs from my old motherboard.

SSD: I debated long on what storage I should get. After a long time of debating, I realized that on my old HDD (the one I just replaced) I had only used about 150GB of storage after many years of using it. So, I figured that 256GB would be good enough to last awhile longer since I don't really plan to download much else, yet. This baby boots up in a flash. I timed it, and it took a total of about 17 seconds to boot into the log in screen. 13 seconds of which was the ASrock screen taking it's time. Such a night and day difference from the old HDD, and I got this thing for super cheap compared to it's normal price :)

Video Card: Meh, same old card, but good enough for decent FPS at better Graphics quality, will be replaced soon.

PSU: Old 1000 watt Bronze plus PSU from the original build. Handling everything super easily, and especially since I am nowhere near the 1000 watts.

Case: The case is a bit of a disappointment. I love the design, but being the original Guardian 921 and not the RB, cable management annoyed me. However, I had tried my best, for it is my first "build".

OS: Windows 8.1 retail... yeah, yeah, ewwww, 8.1? Why not stick with 7? I went with 8.1 because of the rumors that Windows 8.1 users will get a free upgrade to the next version of windows that Microsoft releases. It honestly is not too bad of an OS, if you just take your time to learn it.

ODD: Sadly, I was not able to use this old one in my build, since it is an IDE ODD. So, I had to run to Wally World and buy an 8 Gig Flash drive for the Windows 8.1 ISO.

This build overall was fun. I had some fun taking apart my case and testing stuff out to see if they work, managing the wires to look good, and even cleaning the fans.

P.S. After messing around after I took the pics, I realized the 3 pin fan connectors the fans had. lolol.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

man just a 750ti would work wonders.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Had no money :( Would rather save for a GTX 760 though. So tis exactly what I am doing.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

hmm if price is a concern the 760 sits at a point where price to performance is costly. I would recommend the 270x. At 1080p this thing will be great if your thinking of a higher resolution from 1080 then you should jump to a 970/290x but anything in between is not worth the cash.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

If all you're doing is Warcraft, you might consider going the AMD route and getting an R9 270X/280X. The 270X is comparable to the 760, the 280X above it, and they're both usually cheaper than the 760.

If you're looking for some of the NVidia-specific features like G-Sync, for WoW I'd just go for a GTX 750 Ti, they usually run $150-ish and would be a leaps and bounds upgrade over your current card.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, sounds good. I just for some reason feel better with NVidia, but AMD has always been in the back of my mind. I shall look into it :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Better Pictures.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

http://imgur.com/a/vimJQ

Try the link to IMGUR. It has them bigger. I have no idea why it downloaded from IMGUR like that.

EDIT: Fixed the pics, didn't down load "Full Resolution"

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

"I need a new video card"

Couldn't agree with you more.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, saving for a GTX 760. But just the CPU upgrade alone, I get to play on medium rather than low settings like the previous build :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

You can find used HD 7950s (what I have) cheap on ebay for around $120. It's like the new R9 280. Plays most games on high to ultra.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, sounds like a good idea.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nooooo, too long for my case :(

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah that's a shame.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the ram

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Soooo sorry for the late reply. The RAM is nice. Haven't really ran any actual tests, but paired with my SSD, this thing boots and loads things like a champ, and currently the only thing holding me back is this cheap old video card.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I took them on my phone. Used the app "IMGUR" to upload, then downloaded to my PC. Try the link I provided at the top http://imgur.com/a/vimJQ

EDIT: Fixed the pics, didn't down load "Full Resolution"

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, saving up now :)

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Idk what to get honestly. I am a Senior in High school getting ready for college. Should I just pop in the 750 ti, get a 270x or 280x? (Used does not matter to me). Get the GTX 760, since maybe the 960 drop will lower it's price. Or just save up longer for the GTX 960.

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