SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing web, word
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drives, dvd drive - Will my current PSU be good enough?
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Cheapest as long as reliable/good service | COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel/Nvidia - willing to use AMD/Ati if better value
OVERCLOCKING: Never have but would like too. Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (Duel screening) 1=1920x1080; 2=1280x1024; then sometimes also a projector
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Been spending many days trying to decide what to build. I have read review over review and jump back and forth on everything. I still cannot make up my mind and now asking if anyone has any recommendations/changes to what I have put together so far or If anyone has built a gaming system recently on a $700 budget minus the case, psu, monitors, keyboard and mouse that they could post/redirect me to. Main goal of this system is to make it last as long as possible on this budget. If its better to spend a little more than the budget to get a lot more longevity out of this, please let me know. I am just looking for the best value for a gaming rig.
Looks like a good build. I don't understand why AMD over intel? Seems most builds posted here are all for the i5. Is it a better value? Faster for cheaper? More longevity? Better for OC'ing? runs cooler? What is the reason behind this over the i5?
well another thing I have been told about the i5 being better is that in the future, I can easily upgrade to the i7 since same socket without having to buy a new motherboard. I don't know AMD as well, do the newer AMDs use the same socket?
Not really. The good i7s are on a different socket. The only thing coming for i5's socket is the i3, which most likely will be a downgrade.
All good AMD CPUs are using the AM3 socket. In addition, this is going to be AMD's only socket for several years. Unlike Intel who has a couple of supported sockets and tends to introduce a new socket for each new group of CPUs, AMD sticks with the socket that's out.