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Old 11-20-2011, 11:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, so i have a computer that i'm planning on upgrading so i can play some standard games sch as League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, Team Fortress 2, Guild Wars 2, etc. It has really crappy specs, such as a 1.60GHz intel pentium processor, 2 gig of ram, a sub-par video card. Here's what i plan to upgrade it with.

Video Card:
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

C
PU:
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ970FBGMBOX

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otherboard:
ZOTAC 880GITX-A-E AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

R
AM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH

P
ower Supply:
ENERMAX NAXN ENP550AWT 550W ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply

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have the monitor, keyboard, and mouse covered. But i'm also a bit worried about a case. How big of a case would i need to fit all of that in? My current one is currently 15 1/2 x 14 /12 x 6 1/2 inches. I'm not sure how well you can visualize that but could you estimate if that might be enough to hold all of that? If not, could you point me towards a relatively cheap case that could? It would be much appreciated.

Also, if you find any other flaws/issues or just want to recommend any changes feel free, i'm anything but an expert on this kind of stuff.

Thanks so much!
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Any reason why you choose this cpu/mobo bundle?

If you dont need the onboard wifi, theres better cheaper options.
I'm not a fan of eNERMAX either.

Only issue you might have fitting is the gpu. Measure the spot in your case and check the cards measurements of the web.
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You actually can't put a video card in that motherboard, it only has a PCIe x1 slot.

My suggestion keeping around the same prices:
CPU + MB: -$31 ($15 MiR) AMD FX-4100 + Asus M4A87TD/USB3.
PSU: +$10 ($25 MiR) OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W.
RAM + GPU: +$30 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600/CAS9 + Gigabyte GTX560 Ti.

So you'll pay $9 more up front, but get an extra $25 in rebates and a bit more performance.

That graphics card is 9.5" x 5.3" x 1.7", definitely measure inside your case to see if it will fit.
Also, do you know if you have a retail or OEM Windows license? changing the motherboard will require a new license if it is OEM.
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There wasn't any specific reason, i just saw a combo deal and got all excited, haha. I feel like i might as well ditch my old case, i wouldn't want to risk it not fitting. Could you recommend a not so expensive case for me that'll fit all of this? Thanks!
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Pretty much in the order I'd go:
Sentey Black Box 4284 v2.1
Rosewill Challenger
NZXT M59-001BK

You can find cheaper cases, but you start losing things like cable routing holes and case fans.
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Sweet man, much appreciatd!
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