BUDGET RANGE: As close as possible to $700USD total
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: SC2 on ultra, PCSX2, Dolphin, the usual stuff.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, kb, mouse, case ( I have this one but without the lights: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., but will need a new PSU), might not need a new HDD(have a WD Black 500gb), might not need a new DVD burner if I can plug my old Samsung IDE burner in--please confirm this.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Frys, Microcenter (cuz they pricematch)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: California (it'll be a country someday)
PARTS PREFERENCES: I will list combos I found below, but I definitely prefer to have these specific parts as part of the build: the AMD Phenom II X4 955, the Gigabyte GTX 460 1gb, and any GSKILL branded 4gb DDR3 1600 Ram.
OVERCLOCKING: Don't need it for SC2 do I?
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Please confirm if I will need it for SC2 on ultra.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have compiled a wishlist, but am having trouble finding the best combos. Please rate/fix/comment/suggest. The following list contains brands/items that I really prefer to have. Everything except the Mobo and Ram, should remain the same. I just need your approval and/or Combo suggestion if there exists cheaper deals using Newegg's Combos.
I'm really hoping for some feedback, because I will be building to two computers-one for myself and one for my friend. Please, share your comments/recommendations or alternatives to these choices. As a reminder, I would like to keep this close to $700total after tax/ship/rebates, if possible. Please note CA sales tax of 9.75%, use zip code 91770.
would be all you need. Supports all CPUs up to 140w, ACC, SATA 6GB, USB 3.0, even an eSATA 6GB... Heck, it even has an IDE slot (from what I can see, need to do more research) which the motherboard you selected lacks. Sure, it only has one PCIe x16 slot, but SC2 is NOT graphics intensive, and if you choose to purchase that GTX 460, you're set. If you want to future-proof your build by getting a motherboard that supports crossfire/SLI, then don't choose this one. Otherwise, I think it would be a great purchase, as ASrock is one of those manufacturers that don't have the greatest reputation despite putting out good, well-priced products time after time.
The Antec New Truepower series is a PSU among PSUs. Search up any review about these babies and there will be nothing but the highest praise for what Antec managed to create. The gritty technical details aside, some points worth looking at: 80 Bronze PLUS at an affordable price (high power efficiency), with 6x2 6pin and 6x2 8pin connectors to feed almost any GPU mixture, you're set.
Comes out to ~$660, probably about $730 after tax. I guess you can take out the Starcraft 2, or switch to the HD5770 like batuchka suggested. Anyhow, I'm out, unless you have a question about my selection choice (if budget is the primary issue with my selections, then my job here is done xD)
Thanks for the input. I think I'm going to definitely stick with 1 GTX 460 gpu and the X4 955. I've been trying to find a good mobo since I'm most likely not going to buy a 2nd GPU, and found a few that I'd like some feedback on, since they're all jampacked with features and have some good prices:
Stock will be fine if no/lite OC - for best results OC go with an aftermarket HSF
I know you're the pro around here for affordable/bangin' setups-- can you gimme some advice on my build? Which of those mobo's/combos should I go with? There's so many mobos to choose from, I just don't know where to begin! I don't I'm gonna buy a 2nd GPU, so any mobo that will guarantee future-proofing will do. I like MSI and Gigabyte the most.
EDIT: I just noticed on the three mobos I last mentioned, they have memory standards which only go up to 1333, and 1600 with OC. Is that going to affect my purchasing of 1600 RAM? If so, should I look at different mobos that support higher freq RAM?