I was hoping to get advice on the build I need. I am looking to be able to play games such as Sims 3, Civilization IV, and Europa Universalis III at maximum quality very smoothly. I also hope to play the upcoming games Starcraft II and Civilization V smoothly as well. I have a 19" monitor.
I plan to buy from Newegg.com, so if you think there is a better place to buy any or all parts, please do tell.
I regret ordering my AMD build the day before I recieved a private message back from a dual boot builder who told me I was gonna have a hard time getting OSX to install much less work properly with an AMD build, and that I should just give up.
I will not give up. When I get it built I will get it to dual boot.
Most games run on 2 cores or less. A few new games like Left 4 Dead and some others (Idon't remember names), I think they can get a little-significant boost from 4 cores.
I think there is some kind of drawback to a triple core, but I I think its still one of the best bang for bucks at the moment. Some games benefit from a triple core I believe. It really depends on the game. I would think a triple core would be good for stuff like RTSs even if its new like SCII. I dunno, though, you should read the recommended specs on SCII. Maybe that'll give you an idea.
Do you ever plan to overclock or crossfire? If so, get a bigger PSU. Might want a little bit bigger one anyway.