APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next month or so
BUDGET RANGE: ~$700 (Max is $750)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Watching Movies, Web Surfing
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.ca
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, if I could get better performance at the same price
MONITOR RESOLUTION: TBD, see below
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
I am definitely reusing my case: Coolermaster CM690, not sold on newegg anymore as it has been replaced by the CM690 II, the differences between the two appear to be mainly cosmetic though.
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Duorb, if it ends up being compatible with the build.
Would like to keep the overall noise of the rig down when it is idle, I currently have an NZXT Sentry with separate settings for when the computer is idle and when it is under heavy load and that has worked out pretty well for me.
CPU/MOBO: AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz & GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 - The CPU will perform slightly better in gaming with the higher clock speeds and the Gigabyte board is similar cost, as yours. The motherboard gives you SATA 6.0Gb/s and USB 3.0 support, along with DDR3 support to match your RAM selection.
Thanks for the tip on the samsung drive. As for the cpu: I've heard a couple times now that a higher clock speed will have more benefit to gaming than adding more cores, is there any difference to be noted in applications other than games by dropping one core?
Yeah only other problems you would run into is video rendering or such. But you wanted a gaming rig first so the Rana x3 is perfect for your budget. Keep in mind you can OC your rana and possibly unlock the 4th core but don't cross your fingers on that last bit.