Well long time gamer, first time builder. I thought it was about time to dive into the great learning experience of building my own PC. I have tinkered in my prebuilt systems adding cards, and more RAM so I'm not afraid to get down and dirty with this build. I expect there to be some WTF moments where I want to drop the case from my 8 story building.
I have been reading and doing my homework on the build but want some input on my choices.
System use: Gaming (WoW, Fallout 3, SC2), general PC use.
Websites: amazon.com, newegg.com and tigerdirect.com
SLI or Crossfire: Going to go with one card to start off. Possibly adding a 2nd later.
Might I suggest going for a Core i5 and a better GPU? As it stands, your current build leans a little too far towards the CPU for my liking. the 5750 is a good card, but not compared to that CPU.
I'm an AMD guy, so this isn't exactly my speciality, but according to Tom's CPU guides, the i5 is the best choice for gaming for its amazing OC headroom. It's worth considering.
Far as I can tell though, the PC will be a good one, able to play the games you listed very smoothly.
February 28, 2010 5:04:46 PM
I agree with 1st Duke, if you have to budget for an i7 860 then you might as well go for the i7 920 and get a X58 board. (I think this is overkill though for your needs)
You can keep your board and swap the CPU to an i5 750 and use the money you save to get an aftermarket heatsink and a better graphics card.