Hi, I'm considering building a desktop within the next month. My total budget for the computer + monitor + other necessary accessories is $700-$800 dollars, preferably closer to $700...though on the other hand, I'm willing to pay a little more for quality parts than simply getting the absolute cheapest components. I live in the US and would like to be able to play games like Borderlands or Fallout: New Vegas (mostly older games, assuming Win7 compatibility) at reasonable framerates at 1600 x 900 max resolution.
I'm looking for a 20" monitor, and have found one on TigerDirect for about $100. I'm open to suggestions -perhaps a 5670 would suffice for those games at that resolution?- and, since I'm new to building, would like to know if I am missing anything critically important.
Don't need a mouse or speakers.
Here's what I've chosen so far (all from New Egg, but I'm open to any other reputable sources):
sadams mentioned something about the Antec having 3 12V rails. Is that a problem/unnecessary/incompatible for what I have spec'ed out? Also, would I need a different mobo for an Nvidia card vs. ATI? Sorry for the potential noobish questions, but like I said, this would be my first build.
an extra $70 over the 965 will get you the 1090t 6-core, for $740 from the above build.
6-cores are showing some advantages in some games. Games that actually use 4 cores, like FF XIV, GTA IV, StarCraft II and Civ V, can offload background processes (or you can force them in task manager) to unused CPU cores. Other games, Like Metro 2033 and World Of Warcraft: Catacylsm, will actually use all 6 cores. WoW showed a ~5 fps edge at ultra settings with a GTX 480 (x6: 62 fps vs X4 57 fps) at the same cpu frequency. And a 8-10fps improvement over an Athlon II X4 640.