Finally after over a year of wanting to build a pc I am going to be able to build one (hopefully). I have a 600$ budget. I already picked out the parts that I think would be best. I was just hoping for this awesome community to give me some feedback (incompatibilities, better parts for same price ect...). I am flexible on my build but I am looking for the best gaming potential right now. I'm not looking to get an i5 and get a graphics card later or something of that sort. Thanks!
the corsair cx500 and xfx pro550 are good budget PSUs. You likely wont need USB 3.0. I like the corsair 200r/300r, coolermaster haf 912, nzxt source 210 elite as far as cases go.
Thank you so much =) also is the msi radeon ghz edition 7870 that much better than a regular 7870?. also how does the msi ghz compare to the other ghz editions? I just picked the cheapest one on pc part picker.Also will the phenom black bottleneck the 7870 at all?. I've heard that its only 30% slower than the i5-2500k so It should'nt bottleneck right? And one last thing, what is the point of more expensive motherboards? I know that you can add and ssd or, more memory, or g cards in sli. But is that it? And how is my motherboard for that stuff? Sorry about all the questions, but I'm just trying to get the best build I can for the price =).
the ghz edition is basically the same as the normal 7870.
The CPU shouldn't bottleneck the GPU. The phenom 2 x4 965BE (when overclocked) is about equal to the i3 3220 in gaming performance.
Your motherboard is older but it will do just fine. More expensive boards have more features (usb 3.0, etc.), better power phases for overclocking, newer chipsets, better bios's.
Last question (I hope). Im probably going to get a surround sound card later on for games like bf3. What sound card would you suggest? and is the difference between a budget surround sound card and a expensive one enough to warrent buying the expensive one? I would probably be looking for one under 100$ and preferably under 60$