SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (Starcraft 2, maybe WoW) surfing the internet, misc system un-intensive stuff.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg and amazon
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU and Nvidia video card
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Is there a more conservative build?
I was going to do a slow upgrade starting with a GTX 460, but I said, "to hell with it. I'm going to build a new system!"
I can afford and am willing to pay for the costs of the items below. BUT... the conservative side of me wants to explore a more conservative build. Although the parts I chose can do it, I most likely won't overclock and I probably wont do SLI/Crossfire. Is there a more conservative build?
I am using Amazon for most of the items because I won't pay for California sales tax as compared to Newegg.
motherboard ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - LGA 1156 (Hmmm.... As I write this post, I think the MOBO is the only part I am willing to come down on. I don't know if I will ever need USB3.0, dual video cards, or overclocking. Suggestions for alternate MOBOs will be much appreciated)
Some helpful advice for the video card... check out amazon for the MSI cyclone 1gb GTX460. It's faster and has THE BEST cooling for 460's... its $235 shipped with $30 amazon credit... (so effectively $205) sick deal!
It has no USB/SATA III, it has no XFire/SLI capability. It does have the OC Genie, so if you want more power but are not comfortable OCing yourself, you can press abutton on the motherboard and it will Overclock your system at a stable lvl. It is one of the few auto OC devices that was given good reviews. I believe it can get an i5 750 to about 3.4ghz or so stable. Not as good an OC as extreme experienced OCers would want (they aim for at least 4ghz) but pretty damn good for someon who wasn't going to OC at all. (If you do play WoW, overclocking the CPU will help your performance due to it being so intensive on CPUs)
The downside is that the GTX 460s are amazing beasts in SLI, and if there are games in the future you decide to pick up, the extra juice may be useful and a motherboard without Crossfire/SLI does limit your options
If you check out the chart at the end of the Best Gaming CPUs article, you'll see that an i5/650 is quite competent, and will cost somewhat less.
For one GTX460, a 500W PSU is sufficient.
Get DDR3-1333 if it will cost less than the DDR3-1600; you won't notice the performance difference, if any.
Given the OP's parts preference, I did not suggest the AM3 CPU, although that might not be a bad idea especially considering that the new Bulldozer CPUs should be AM3 compatible.
An AM3 build could still use a nVidia GPU.
Thanks for your suggestions so far. Ironic how I was asking for a more conservative build, but I'm leaning on a more aggressive one after this thread.
-I will opt for a 1gb GPU.
-The PSU I chose would be overkill since I don't plan on doing a double GPU, but newegg's combo of PSU and HD is nice pricing.
-That mobo with OC genie was nice, but I've always preferred 4 slots for ram. I saw only two. So I will probably stay with my original choice. I'll end up overclocking since its apparently recommended with this equipment
I'm going to sit on this decision for a couple more days. (I don't really know why, but I will wait some)
I would have to second this. Reason being, that with such a tight budget I can't see a reason to suggest anything other than AMD. In addition, it will offer upgrades in the future without a new mobo which only increases the costs further. But, as most will tell you, the i5-750 is quite possibly the best budget gaming chip out there. It beats the 965 almost everytime; however it has no future upgrade path.
I wish you luck in your decision, it took me a couple weeks to pan out my decision.