I'm a long time lurker and geek wanna-be who is finally taking the plunge into the world of pc building. I want to test the waters by building a low end gaming system using reliable but inexpensive components that will run the games I play (Civ IV, Company of Heroes, Battlefield 2) and one that will hopefully play games that are coming out or have come out recently (Fallout 3, Black Shark, Starcraft II).
Any and all advice will be welcome. These are all Newegg prices as of 14 jan, 09. My buget is more than this but I am looking for compatibility and value advice more than anything. If this build is successful, I plan on giving it as a present to my nephew and will build a high end system later this year.
If gaming is the primary concern, I think you can save some money on the PSU for example. Depending what you want to do, maybe look at a PSU say like an Antec Earthwatts or OCZ, or even a cheaper corsair unit. Save yourself 50 bucks or so there. Also, consider a cheaper but overclockable cpu. Take the money you save, drop the 4670, get yourself a 4850. Then your rig would be midrange instead of low end for the same cash. Or save the money, and still get the 4670, spending less overall and be happy.
Ah yes... Proximon is right. Never had the chance to play a long CV4 campaign myself, but I'll definitely have to put that on my to-do list.
I was too eager to jump on the "value" theme in this thread, but then knowing the OP's nephew, he'll probably be into shooter games and want to add a second 4850 in Crossfire right away, lest this box become a paperweight next to his PS3!