i am helping a friend build a pc, and ive been going at it the wrong way. i need a gaming pc that is good and will last. now i know that 800 is a tight budget for a pc that will "last". my friend is not technically inclined and does not want to mess with overclocking. he is willing to upgrade down the line with sli/crossfire/ to up his performance later on.
i understand the p67 motherboard have had a recall, im not sure what the status of that is. he is moving up from a gaming laptop, by asus which has become underpowered.
i also understand bulldozer is on its way in a few months but my friend doesnt want to wait so long.
this doesnt have to be a specific build, i know my way around hardware enough. but i would very much like the input of the toms hardware community
thanks in advance!
Approximate Purchase Date: sooner the better
Budget Range: 800-850 (900 MAX) before rebates
System Usage : Gaming primary.
Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard mouse, speakers,
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com for most of the parts, unless something else has a better selection/ price for all coponents.
Country of Origin: united states
Parts Preferences: quality parts, 3 12v rails, unless you think that is unnecessary
As the editor responsible for our Best CPUs For The Money column, this puts me in an unfortunate position. Do I tell people to hold off on the second-generation Core chips and recommend inferior processors for a short while, or do I acknowledge the fact that Intel's new chips are actually worth waiting for?
For me, it comes down to this: Sandy Bridge-based CPUs offer such an impressive performance boost that I think it would be irresponsible to push new system builders toward a different platform, especially if they're spec'ing out a mid- to high-end machine. With this in mind, we're counting on revised motherboard availability in March (we're almost there), and sticking with our recommendations of the processors back on the market.