Hello, Title pretty much says it. I know close to nothing about the inside of a pc. My friend will be putting this together but said he felt out of touch since he hadn't built one in over 5 years and recommended that I ask here. So after reading over a dozen post for gaming pcs between $700-900 and I felt a little confused, uninterested, and honestly getting lazy. Was looking to spend right at $850 but less and a little more won't hurt. Thanks in advance for help.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Friday, September 3, 2010
BUDGET RANGE: $700-900
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, nothing else. Maybe pandora/winamp in the background.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, Whatever works.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm currently playing Aion, SCII, and might pick up FFXIV as well as a few others down the road. Would like to have something that runs these games at max setting if thats possible for the budget I have. I do play for up to 4-5 hours sometimes and wasn't sure if that mattered.
That CPU benchmark doesnt mean much. The GPU and overclocking make up too much of the perfromance. A 460 is a good GPU, but still mid-range and even an Athlon IIx3 isnt going to bottleneck it.
CPU: ( $75) Athlon II x3 445
Mobo: this is tougher, if you want to be able to add a second 460 in the future, you are stuck with an older nforce motherboard that does not have USB3 and might as well go with the i5 build. If you think you will never need to add a second 460 (which is true probably 99% of the time) then
Gigabyte 770T-USB3 is good enough and has USB3 ($80) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Which means you save a substantial $200 over the i5 build.
You also should consider a good CPU cooler so you can play around with light overclocking to get a bit more performance.
For 1st week SC2 for peeps insisting on Ultra/AA then yes Nvidia ftw but not now with ATI updated drivers. Ideally though GTX 460 mostly for my $5xx-6xx gaming configs if one hits it where it counts ^^
Starcraft 2 Multiplayer GPU Performance Analysis http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/features/view/64848
FFXIV favors red camp as well
But really, I'd advise you to hold on to your cash just a little longer, 'coz come 2011, prices will fall. Both AMD & Intel are gonna come out with their Bulldozer & Sandy Bridge architecture respectively, & that'll shake everything up. Prices should go down quite a bit.
And the 6xxx series cards, and the 25nm SSD's. I'd wait a few months to see where this goes. Exiting times ahead...
I was thisssssss close to getting a similar 760 system and then sandy bridge came and destroyed my dreams. I'm now more of the mind to get a really cheap i3 system with a 460, then swap it out for the 1155 chipset with a new 2600k (which would be the equivalent of the 760 in sandy bridge terms).