Hi, This is my first build and I'm having difficulty picking out parts and need some recommendations
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the month
BUDGET RANGE: $500 can stretch the budget to $650
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, schoolwork
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, possibly get a better monitor in the future. would rather leave monitor expenses out of this build
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: First build ever, not too tech savvy on hardware, still learning by reading the forums. I've looked at the gpu's and cpu's that I would like to use but not sure if there's anything better for around the same price. What I want or expect from this build is something that can play MW2 on medium settings nothing too fancy, starcraft2,company of heroes and prospectively guildwars2. Going to be using this for gaming as well as schoolwork. most likely want to upgrade gpu or cpu in the future. would also like to minimize the cost. Thanks.
Well my question now is, could i stick with my choices for the cpu and gpu?I would really like to have 3 or 4 cores but i can opt for 2 cores. being that my purchase date is still far off, its possible to extend my budget further, just means i gotta work more bleh
You'll get a much easier and larger overclock out of the X2 555, plus the chance to unlock more cores.... the Athlon II is a good deal if you aren't going to OC though, and might unlock to PII X4 status.