Im really looking for a "Bang for the buck" build. Something that I can upgrade now and then if needed.
BUDGET RANGE: Around 500$ - 600$
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:GAMING, Photoshop, Internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need It all.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I will be ordering in japan, but all items to compare can be found om Newegg.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Id like to try a Phantom 2 X4 965 build. around 21 inch screen. HD. A good Cheap graphic card.
The rest I dont really care or know anything about. Suggestions?
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes? no idea what it is...
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or so.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a computer that is worth the money. Im not after something to show off. I want a good PC with a good gaming performance. But a cool case would be cool though ;P
I have no idea what items work with what. So any help would be appreciated. I hear that Phenom requires special mother boards? or some dont go too well with AMD? Anyways, I was hoping someone would help me out..
You're not going to be able to everything you need with the 965. I'm currently building a 955 build with a budget of $1100-$1200 (granted, I'm using about $250 for RAM and disk space that's not required for a basic build). Definitely not going to be able to do SLI/Crossfire with quality cards on that budget (that's using two video cards in combination). Is that budget including the monitor?
I'll post a build in a little bit once I've had some time to look around.
Alright, I haven't looked at monitors yet, but I've got the computer parts at $524 (before rebates/combos, tax and shipping). You'll probably be able to save some more or get better stuff if you wait for the Black Friday deals next Friday.
Err you could just get an IGP AM3 mobo like 785G/790GX rather than buying a mediocre discrete. Get a real 'gaming class' GPU when u have more funds lol By the way if u tight dun be shy to drop down to a Tricore for a gaming rig ^^
For gaming, Graphics Card (GPU) is much more important than your CPU. If that's really what you want to focus on, then you're not going to be able to afford everything under $600 with a Phenom II X4. The monitor and OS alone are going to eat through ~$220. You're much better off getting a nice beefy graphics card and then using a middle-range processor. Such a build will still be plenty fast for everyday use, but will have far better gaming performance.
That's a budget gaming machine with everything and the kitchen sink. To get under $600 will require slashing a lot of key components for gaming (though we can do it). Suffice to say, there is no way to touch a Phenom II x4 with the budget you are looking for.
I also think you'd be better off in the long run if you waited to get some more cash. You could also look at building with a budget of $700-900 with flexibility to be cheaper and hope for the best with the deals.
If you were willing to wait, you could budget it out by part and try to pick up more expensive parts with limited time deals (Newegg's shell shockers, daily deals, combos etc.).
Regardless, on this budget, you're not going to be getting a "good" gaming computer. I'm doubtful you could run any relatively recent game on high settings...
The HD 4670 will still put out at least ~30 FPS for most games with High Details at 1440 x 900 (the 19" Monitor's Resolution). If a game starts bogging down, you can run it at a lower resolution (1280 x 800) which still looks great on that monitor, and you can always drop the model detail to medium settings.
At any rate, something like that will be your best bet for an all-around gaming/productivity rig.