I'm looking to buy soon...like in the next week. I'm looking to spend around $750 at most (less $$ is always good) at newegg.com before rebates.
It's mostly going to be used for gaming (nothing intense, but I'd like to run things like WoW/SC2/TF2 with most, if not all of the bells and whistles)/internet surfing/some Office work/and some DVR duty (I have a tuner card).
It'll be replacing a 5-year-old P4 3.0 GHz, single core (Dell, so I can't really salvage parts). But I will be moving over a second internal SATA 3 HDD.
As far as preferences, I think I lean more Intel/Nvidia, but I recognize the value of AMD/ATI; since I'm working on a budget here, that's not an issue. As far as case, mid-tower is where I'd want to be. I don't really have any manufacturer preferences.
With a lower-end CPU, I might OC/attempt core unlock. For my current gaming needs, I don't think SLI/Crossfire is necessary, but it might be nice to have in the future.
This would be my first build.
I've been looking at the following (mouse, keyboard, monitor [Acer H233H is astrong possibility] are taken care of):
(Again, as this would be my first build, maybe I should just go with the stock cooler, no OC, but try and unlock? It looks like the case should be cool enough to handle that.)
I guess where I'm running into problems is with the balance between budget and future-proof...do I go with a motherboard that has USB 3.0, SATA 6, and Crossfire/SLI capability? Or should one of those have priority over the other?
Thanks. I was a little leery of that GPU. Gonna go with a Sapphire Vapor-X 5770 I think.
Good to know abou the AMD stock HSF...I figure I'll only OC from 3.0 to 3.2 or so, so that should be fine.
I think I'll stick with the the CAS 9 RAM and I switched the motherboard to the MSI 870A-G54. It only does x4/x4 Crossfire, but honestly, for a casual/budget gaming build, I don't think I'm going to notice.