This will be my first time building my own pc, actually first time having my very own. I want to use this primarily for RTS (mostly older ones like Age of Empires, Total War, Starcraft II and some Civ games), MMOs and MOBAs. Oh, and Skyrim Online. Some light video editing will be used as well. I'm more interested in putting my money to the best parts used as I'm on a budget. Making this easy for a future upgrade would be nice but absolutely not necessary. Not interested in the highest/best looking graphics since I'm not planning on playing any FPS games on this PC but a descent one, of course, puts the sugar in my tea.
Some questions I'm trying to figure out:
Is it worth it to spend more on a 2gb gpu than a cheaper 1gb?
Is ram going to be important here? (8gb over the cheaper 4gb)
What will be more cost effective to skimp on now and upgrade in the future? (1.5-2.5 years).
I've got a few pcpartpicker builds but I'd like to know what you guys would pick out before making a final decision. Thank you!
Approximate Purchase Date:Before March 15.
Budget Range: as close to/under $500 if possible.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: games (see above), Internet browsing, watching videos, light video editing.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, monitor, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: N/A
Parts Preferences: N/A
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Is ok. Not superb. will look to upgrade later this year.
Additional Comments: A case that is relatively on the easier side to put together is a plus. Must not be a crap case please! Don't need to run high or ultra settings for games. Medium range is ideal.
Looks good so far! Thank you AMD Radeon for your input. I'm told that AMD is the way to go for budget builds and that the FX series is pretty solid. Ive had my eye on the R7 260X and the prices seems to be just about right. I've held off waiting for gpu's to come down in price.