I'm currently looking for a new gaming PC. Mainly to start playing SC2 on Ultra Settings but also to play games in the future on higher settings. For the past 3 years I've been running on a MacBook and trying to play games has been a nightmare.
I need your help
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week
BUDGET RANGE: $1000'ish
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming - browsing the interwebs - hd movies/videos
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers (accessories)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: whichever is the cheapest/most reliable
Intel Processor i5/i7(whichever fits the build best)
4GB RAM DDR3
EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 - 1GB
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I was thinking about a 22" monitor (about 1920x1080)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first time building a PC and I was wondering whether I should buy parts and build it or buy a prebuilt one. Depending on prices and you guys advices, I shall make a decision.
if you buy a prebuilt from cyberpower or something, you will spend about a $300 premium over building it yourself. Theres a million guides on toms or through google on how to build it... spend 4-5 hours of research and walk-thrus and save $300 bucks.
Basic parts - i7 930 CPU with gigabyte motherboard (about $450) - GTX460 ($230) - 6gb DDR3 (3x2gb) - i7's run tri-channel ram, so you want 3 sticks - 6gb kits are around $130 - 1tb samsun spintpoint ($75) - ocz 550watt PSU (they're heavily discounted on newegg rigght now) $45 -
make sure you use combos on newegg... can save $50 or so total by comboing each item with another
Windows 7 64 bit ($90)
Scoop up a 22" 1080p monitor for around $160 and you're coming in around $1200 it's $200 more than your apporoximate budget, but that extra $200 gets you alot
Check out logicbuy.com for hot monitor deals