I've recently decided to take the plunge and build my own system for less than $900. My past computer was an FX7026 from Gateway, and I'm thinking about salvaging a few parts, namely the Q9300 Quad Core CPU and two SATA HDDs. I'm not sure if this is a good idea (in terms of the CPU), or if it would cause bottlenecking. Here are the specs that I've researched so far on Newegg:
(1x) COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
(1x) COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
(2x) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
(1x) ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer with NF200 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
(1x or 2x) SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
(Salvaged) Q9300 CPU
Do you think that I should buy a different i5 or i7 CPU? If so, what would you recommend? My goal is to create a well balanced mid-high gaming PC that will last for 2-2.5 years and will be upgradeable. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
The socket 775 Q9300 CPU will not fit in the socket 1156 ASUS P7P55 MB.
For gaming 4GB of RAM is plenty. And the $110 savings, along with a less expensive MB would let you get a i7 750 with very little difference in overall price than what you're looking at now.
i'd drop down to a haf 922... the haf 922 is plenty big with awesome airflow and is substantially cheaper.
you can also definitely get away with a more modest wattage on the power supply. 650w will give you plenty of headroom.
if you're looking to game for the next 2 1/2 years, i'd put your savings on other components towards a better graphics card. 5850 or better if you can afford it. and honestly, your budget probably lends itself more to an AMD setup, but if you want intel that's perfectly understandable.
The MSI motherboard gets you USB3 and SATA6 options. What you give up is the 2nd PCI-e video card slot is only X4 which means no real Crossfire setup option so you'll be looking at a future next-gen video card upgrade instead of buying a 2nd 5870 later on. Which is a good plan anyway IMO.