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I originally built this computer to play WoW back when 40 & 25 man raiding was serious business (Sunwell Plateau anyone?)

I recently installed Division and my PC just wouldn't load it , so it was about time for an upgrade.

I changed the below parts: - AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition CPU - Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 MOBO - ATI Radeon HD5850 GPU - 8Gig of Generic DDR3 RAM

To: - Intel i5 6500 - ASUS H170 PRO - ASUS Strix GTX980 - 16Gb of Gkill DDR4 RAM

Man....what a difference...

Anyway my question, I'm wanting to upgrade the PSU, Case & Monitor , in that order hopefully. I'm after a pretty quiet system that can play the current gen games on Ultra / Very High Settings.

Im pretty set on getting a PSU very soon, with the Corsair RM 550x on my shortlist. Are there better ones?

The Case I am still researching but am leaning towards the Fractal Design Define R5 Case, even though my Antec 300 seems to work just fine even until now. Would it be only for aesthetics?

With the Monitor, I wouldn't really know where to start, have not done any research yet. I just wanna know if I need a new one to play games > 1080 eg. 2560x1440.

Forgot how fun it was to build a PC.

Thanking you in advance for the help.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Im pretty set on getting a PSU very soon, with the Corsair RM 550x on my shortlist. Are there better ones?

Yes, this is a good PSU. The RMx is definitely a great option. Here are other Full Modular options below to think about too but check with the prices. Usually EVGA is budget friendly which I think EVGA's G2 is a possible option as well. Corsair's PSUs tend to be pricy but their RMx can be a reasonable price range if see any good deals.
- EVGA's G2 and P2.
- XFX's XTR or Pro Series.
- Seasonic's G Series or X Series.
- Corsair's RMi (not RM), AX/AXi, or HX/HXi.
  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll second that motion.

  • 44 months ago
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I'll third that motion.

  • 44 months ago
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Thank you Eltech, I am looking into the EVGA PSU's as we speak.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point
Thanks!
Yes, this is true about Hydro G's Full Modular 650w and 750w which is also a possible option. And EVGA's GQ semi-modular is another option but I was trying to focus on Full Modular options since Backdoorboss had a Full Modular to begin with. Thanks for mentioning these options either way. :)
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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

For the PSU, in my opinion get a PSU that is compatible with a case that has an opening under the PSU so you can pull in cold air and exhaust in on the back. As far as cases go, any will do, dont break the bank on it. Monitors I'd get a 23inch or dual 23inches. I saw yesterday at bestbuy they had a dell 23inch for 89$ or 99$. Again im on the lookout for a good 23inch monitor myself but I don't know enough about good monitor specs.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

One thing I noticed looking at your pics, You might want to double check your RAM positions. I know on my Asus Z170 the optimal positions for 2 sticks was 2 and 4 for dual channel.

Nice solid build!! One thing I discovered installing a modular PSU in my new build is that I should have just gone with a regular one as I have nearly all the cords plugged in anyways... I have ssd's in one spot and hdd's in another spot and the Sata cables have 3 power slots so I plugged 2 of them in. I needed 2 peripheral cables as my 2 molex connections are at opposite ends of the case, but I can probably get an extension and eliminate one of them. The only cable I don't have plugged in is the second vga cable. I went with an EVGA SuperNOVA P2 650W 80+Platinum which was a good deal @ $110.

Cases, you can go a million ways, I'm really picky about my cases and having them meet certain specs. Basically do a lot of digging to get exactly what you need. Figure out whether you need or want front panel drive bays, where you want your fans, where you want your windows, whether it will fit your GPU, If its got the internal drive bays you need, whether it's size fits where you want to put it; that's pretty much what I go through. FYI, I have a mATX as I wanted a smaller pc and I went with a fractal design mini r2.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that Chris much appreciated. I will have a look at the manual and re position as necessary. It makes sense though as the slots 2 & 4 are the same color (same with slots 1 & 3). Looking into the EVGA PSU's , but they seem to be around the same price as the Corsairs.

I will have a longer think about cases, mostly just after quiet. the be quiet! base 600 is looking attractive as well as the fractal design R5, but still in 2 minds about it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You must be prepared for legion

For the horde!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Lok'tar ogar !

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Glory to the Sin'dorei

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

"May the eternal sun shine upon thee."

  • 44 months ago
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"The sin'dorei will prevail!"

  • 44 months ago
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I like how it's step by step 1. Case. 2 . Mobo. 3. Cpu and video card. 4. Everything else