A friend of mine who isn't too familiar with components is looking to build a new computer. I'll post the information asked in the sticky and the parts that I think would bring the most bang for buck. Any and all suggestions are welcome
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: N/A - He can wait a few weeks it's np.
BUDGET RANGE: 500.00$ to 650.00$ish CAD range
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing, will probably never watch movies on the rig
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, monitor, mouse, may reuse WinXP for a while
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NCIX.COM (awesome service and pricematch!) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: He's stated he prefers AMD/Geforce, but I think a Radeon wouldn't be a problem as they seem very good for budget rigs.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm pretty much looking for the most out of the money. Don't need any fancy stuff like Xfire or SLI enabled on mobo, just on-board sound is good. CPU wise, a good dual core is more then enough. I figure it's best for him to get a good dual then a mediocre quad, correct me if I'm wrong
A 3 or 4 core CPU will definitely outperform a higher clocked dual core as long as the game (or program) is coded to handle multiple cores. Don't worry many of today's games are optimized for multi-core CPUs, its just the older games that rely heavily on speed.
I am a little worried that (given your "black box" statement, you may not possess the skills (confidence?) to properly seat the cpu(s) and apply the correct coat of thermal paste, etc. If you want to try, we will coach you but this is an expensive build, which you are proposing.
We just finished a Perfect Build" yesterday and it was approved by two of our most able and experienced members. I can postr that link, once I'm sure what direction you are headedwith this build.
Listen (especially) to those members who show an "addict" rating, under their photo/avitar ... they have seen it all, many times.