Hi, I am a college student on a budget trying to make a pretty decent gaming computer. I had picked out some items I liked but I was hoping to get some critique on them and to see if anyone knows of any package deals that could save money on the rest of the rig. I do not need a Monitor, mouse or keyboard. My budget is going to be around 800 dollars
Thanks Suteck for the help. When I was doing my research I was set on getting an i7, then my friend talked me into only needing an i5 for my budget and I must have overlooked getting a different motherboard. Yes I do need an OS, sorry I did not specify. I would like my total to be around $800 +/- a little bit.
You sure about the WD Black? Sata 6 may be Sata 6. But as of now, HDD's aren't really optimized for SATA 6, I think an F3 1tb is more of a budget oriented drive, cheap and fast. Same platter size, plus performs about the same. just IMO.
Suteck the only problem I am seeing is that the bundle you linked is "auto-notify" which I'm guessing means out of stock. I looked around at the other intel bundles and did not see an i5 with a quad core. I was wondering if an AMD bundle would be just as good. I was looking at these two in particular.
Also Aznshinobi, I think I will go with the video card you suggested. It seems really good for the price and my friend who knows alot more about computers than me told me that it was a better deal also.
One thing eshlemana, is sometimes big DIY kits aren't the best deal. The 1075T isn't really worth the extra money over say a 1055T or a 955. IMO your budget, you should get a 955. As much as it is a DIY kit, newegg isn't always cheap on DIY's their smart. They stick expensive things where some for a cheaper price could do better.
One thing is the CPU, as I said I think a 955 would do just fine for you as it has for me. Performs and OC's (if you like to do that) great.
Another thing, the mobo isn't cheap. It's 110$. Other counterparts like Asrock are 20$ cheaper for the same performance/oc level. The Asrock Extreme3 870 has USB3 support and SATA 6 (though SATA 6 isn't really optimized right now). Oh I did notice something, the board in that DIY is "Crossfire" it only offers 16x/4x which is slower than the Asrocks 8x/8x
Sorry I missed the call me button. I like the first system you listed better. More cores if you ever need them and I think the OCZ psu is better than the rosewill. aznshinobi says he's heard of problems with the OCZ psu so you might want to look into that before purchasing.
If you get the asrock board for $90 - definitely like the 8X 8X if/when you go for 2 video cards
And the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz for $145
Or the AMD Phenom II X6 1075T Thuban for $199
A Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W for $96
And a Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case for $50 after MIR