First things first; please don't criticize any of the choices I've already made.
Ok, I'm am making a build mostly for LotRO, which I've heard is a fairly low-graphics-demand game. With that being said, I would still like a great overall build that can also play other games. I have already purchased the ASRock B75M R2.0 motherboard and a Intel i3 processor. I still have a ways to go, and with this being my first build, I will need a lot of help. First, what other parts would you recommend? I have a low-ish budget, with about 300-400 more dollars to spend. I would like great LotRO graphics with little to no lag (or as great as I can do with my budget), good overall system speed, and fast start up. Can anyone help me make some decisions?
Also... couldn't find the build category... settling for this... sorry
I play DDO rather religiously, which is based off of the same engine LotRO is, I think.
That being said, don't criticize the choices you've made? Okay, I won't, but I'll tell you this:
If you can return that i3 and get an i5-3350p, you'll be in better shape - the quad core is going to be wanted in crowded areas such as raids. (Does LotRO even have raids? I tried it a couple times just because Turbine made it, but never could get into it.)
As for the rest of the system, I'll break it down for you:
1) An SSD. This is for putting windows on, as well as instaling LotRO on, to make loading screens go away. I'd suggest Samsung, Intel, and OCZ as long as it's a '4' series or the Vector. You want a 128GB drive.
2) A video card. You don't need much here for LotRO... I'd suggest a 7750. (Should be more than enough - my old 9800GT could run the game on high with no problems, and the 7750 is 6 years newer.)
3) A case, which should be about $50. I personally recommend NZXT's gamma classic, but there really aren't any amazing budget cases.
4) A power supply. You'll need about 400w from a reputable company like Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, XFX, OCZ...
5) RAM. Grab 8GB of cas 9, 1.5v DDR3 at 1600MHz. I'd go for a pair of 4GB sticks that does NOT have tall heatspreaders.
6) The last thing I'd reccommend is saving up in the future to buy a good keyboard and mouse. They're nice to have when gaming. I've got a 5-button mouse, which works fine for me, and a MECHANICAL keyboard. The reason I emphasized that is that you'll see a lot of "gaming" keyboards in the $60 range that are, in all honestly, rip-offs. Your options are a mechanical (which are bloody amazing) for $80-120, or a membrane for about $20. (I like the microsoft comfort curve 2000 for that, and it's easy to get past the slight ergonomics.)
Wow, thanks! I forgot to mention that I have my dad's (he is a computer programmer) mega 37 (I think) inch monitor. I have to run games on very high resolutions. This might detriment from the actual graphics I could get on, say, a 27 inch monitor. Just throwing it out there. Thank you so much for the quick reply though!
Also... a i3 to i5 upgrade is most likely not possible, there are raids but I rarely find my frame rate dropping even on the dinosaur I play on now
Update: Being in High School, I don't have very extensive funds. I have exactly $210 to spend, and I will also have financial assistance from my parents; it is a birthday present. Just something to keep in mind!