I've always bought pre-built pc's, but want to build my own this time. It will mostly be used for gaming. I just don't know what parts (Video card, CPU, memory, etc.) would give me the most bang for my buck.
If anyone could list the parts that they would use it would help. That way I could have an idea.
P.S. Is it possible to build a good gaming pc in a shuttle case (microATX)?
Total is $896.
That leaves enough room for Monitor, keyboard, mouse and anything else you might need.
Notice if the budget is $1200 and you don't need a monitor then the only worthwhile upgrade would be to change the motherboard to:
Asus P5E for $200 (+$85 from previous choice) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
What resolution will you be gaming at? The above build assumes 24" and leaves the option for adding another 4870 in full-speed crossfire in the future. You could also go with a P45 chipset motherboard and 4870x2 if you don't think you'll want to do crossfire.
Try to decide if you're more likely to want that second HD 4870 than not. If yes, it's more cost-effective to get the GA-EP45-UD3P/HD 4870 X2 combination than to do Crossfire. Think of it this way: $225 for the GA-X48-DS4 + $300 for HD 4870 1GB + (guessing) $200 for a second HD 4870 1GB a year from now, you end up paying $725 and you don't even get the full performance for the first year. With the GA-EP45-UD3P/HD 4870 X2 you pay $117+$520 = $637 and get the full speed right away.
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