I am looking at building a computer for me and my children. Basic usage will be for homework and Starcraft II.
My budget is around $800 but I don't want to spend money on power or performance that I won't use.
Approximate Purchase Date: sometime in the next couple of weeks
Budget Range: around $800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: starcraft II, offce/home work
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS, harddrive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com I have access to a Microcenter if they are cheaper (like the CPU)
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: no preference.
Overclocking: Maybe (this is my first build and I would have fun trying but it is not a necessity)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Here is what I was thinking. (I'm not sure if the i5 processor is overkill. And there are so many choices when it comes to MOBO or GPU that I don't really have an idea of how to choose.)
go for the GTX 460 768MB version as its $120 after MIR and gives about 1-2 less FPS on benchmarks, and should give very very VERY high FPS on starcraft 2 anyways. That'll save you $30-50.
Secondly, either get a smaller or larger power supply - At the moment you are stuck with about 150-200W headroom but you can't get SLI 460's with a TX 650 as it dont have nuff PCIe connector pins. So basically you are overkilling by heck with the PSU for a single 460, but can't chuck in a 2nd 460..
For $85 after MIR you can get a better quality Antec Truepower, which has GTX 460 SLI capabilities (Only 2 460's though, but thast enough) and 750w of it.
Signature range ~ HX series > True power > TX series. But all are VERY reputable and VERY good. Its like different between 9/10 and 10/10. Anyways what im saying is that True power 650W > TX 650 W, and your getting another 100W AND better quality AND SLI support for 460's for $5 less, so definitely go for the TP 750.
This was my Egg + MC sub $400 SC2 + WOW + 24/7 rig if u have to know hehe
it really is a one trick pony but I have bought my share of machines that are outdated before I got them home. Would upgrading the cpu/mobo
to the Phenom II X4 965 & MSI 785GT-E63 http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl... be OK? Seems that I would be adding about $50 to your quote.