Hey, I am trying to build a computer I can use for playing Starcraft II with decent graphics like the high setting at least and other games in the future like Diablo III.
So far I have bought:
From newegg, a Rosewill Challenger case, 8 GB G.Skill Ram DDR3-1600, AMD AM3 socket 3.0 gHz quad-core Phenom II Zosma Processor.
From Best Buy, a 1 terabyte 3gb/s 7200 RPM Barracuda HDD hard drive
I need to figure out which motherboard, video card, and power supply to buy.
I think the power supply needs to be at least 500 watts. I want the motherboard to have USB 2.0 and some USB 3.0 slots if I can. The motherboard will have to have, I believe, an AM3 or AM3+ socket and be compatible with Phenom II processors and DDR3-1600 RAM.
Any advice? I mainly use Newegg obviously but am up for suggestions. The thing I'm most confused about is the choice of motherboards. Which will do what I need it to do, still be likely usable for upgrades in the future and still be relatively inexpensive (preferably $120 or less)?
This board seems to be the most direct competitor to the Gigabyte board and costs about $5 more if you are signed up for the 2 day free shipping deal or about $2.50 less if you aren't.
The two boards seem to be almost exactly the same, with the winner really determined more by whether or not you have the free 2 day shipping deal.
I am kinda partial to Asus motherboards myself so I would go that way regardless of my status with the free 2 day deal, but both companies are Tier 1 manufacturers so either should be as good as the other.
I would shy away from the Biostar motherboard myself. I hear they have made a lot of good progress lately in the motherboard space, but I think they still have quite some way to go to catch up to Asus/Gigabyte as well.