My roommate is considering either buying a desktop or having me build him one and buying the parts. He is a gamer and does no video/sound editing, all he wants is Call of Duty and the like to look pretty. Would it be cheaper to buy it or make it?
My proposal for his needs were this:
5770 graphics card-$140
Corsair 750 watt psu-$110
4 GB DDR3 RAM-$110
1 TB F3 Spinpoint harddrive- $70
and some crappy case-$30
Total= $800, not including Windows 7, monitor and keyboard/mouse.
Is this overkill? He's a broke college student like me, so any budget cuts that will keep the game running smoothly are welcome.
EDIT: This system will not be built for up to 6 months from now. I'm just getting a general idea for now
no that's not overkill at all
you won't need a 750 watt psu
you'd probably want to wait a bit though because ati's coming out with their new line of graphics cards in the next month which would come with a price drop of older graphics cards
you didn't specify a cpu cooler.... i guess the stock intel would be good enough if he's not doing anything crazy
you probably want to get a case that's better than that because a bad case can lead to terrible overheating
Thanks to both of you. I might go that route that screwysqrl mentioned, having a better case and stuff for $100 less sounds like something my roommate would be interested in. Definitely won't add a second graphics card if there's a 460 in it, as I said, he only needs it for CoD and other games that might be FPS's. It's kind of a pain for him to use my laptop for CoD, minimal settings aren't so great. With a monitor, Windows 7 and everything necessary, I want it to stay under $1000, so that set up should work fine, thanks again