I am planning on putting together a gaming rig capable of maxing out guild wars 2, battlefield 3, and Diablo 3 among other games in the near future. Now I may not be able to max out Battlefield 3 on an $800 budget but i am hoping to build a solid and upgradeable machine. I am not very informed as to the quality and compatability of the components that go into a pc but based on my limited understanding of the hardware, I have gathered a few things as a starting point here http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub... . Any help from someone more experienced and informed than myself is very appreciated. Thanks in advance guys!
Hi.I made two builds for you.
The first one is a bit overbudget but it's pretty powerfull.
The second one is a bit less powerfull but still no slouch.It also has an OS included.
Both of the builds will allow you to play those games at their maximum settings.
Processor : Intel i5-2500k (Don't bother with the new 3570k. Those who recommend Ivy Bridge just have no idea about heating issue with the cheapo TIM Intel uses in the new chip. The major improvement is just accounted for the integrated graphic chipset, you don't get that much performance gain over Sandy Bridge. A 2500k clocked at 4.8GHz runs around 60-70C on full load with a liquid cooler while 3570K hits 80C at the same speed.)
Motherboard : Asus z77 V-Series (If you live by a Microcenter store, go for the mobo deal that drops $50 off the base price. If it is only available with 3570k go for it. I know I'm contradicting myself but heck, you just have to pick the best bang for the bucks, right?). Even though z68 is good enough, but since Z77 in some case might be cheaper and better due to the fact that it supports faster ram speed and has native SATA III 6.0gbps ports instead of all 3rd party controllers which adds up the cost.
Memory : Kingston and Crucial are having the 8GB kit 1600 Mhz on sales. Look them up. Storage : Go with SSD first, expand capacity later on with a mechanical drive. This article points out many good SSDs from 7 brands. You should be able to pick your perfect choice.
Chassis : This thermaltake Snow looks pretty good. And it is inexpensive.
PSU : The OCZ ModxStream is ok. Corsair TX650M is recommended. But PC Power and Cooling 750W is the most reliable but it is not modular.
Optional : you may need an optical drive for OS installation.
Graphics Card : Radeon HD 7850. or 560 Ti. If you want to keep up with all the hype you could go with the 660 Ti, but honestly the difference of 4-7 frames is not worth for the higher cost. Building a custom pc is aiming for cost-efficient.