Hey all! Been lurking for a few months now deciding on parts for a gaming rig. Sadly since my g72gx took a crap on me i'm building it sooner (and cheaper until i can afford upgrades). Currently I just wanna be able to play Shogun 2 smoothly and if I can get away with that on a cheaper processor and upgrade later that would be awesome.
Budget: $500-$690 plus or minus $20 $1,000 or under
Build: gaming (Total war:shogun 2 is a must run smooth game on high )
To Expand to: antec lan boy air case
Solid State HD
SLI or Crossfire
More RAM if build req
cpu at 3.2ghz+ w/o OC'n
AMD INTEL NVIDIA ATI? Well, beggars cant be choosers
Sounds good, I've also looked at aznshinobi's builds over a few times now and I like his build as well. I just struggle because I've always been a Intel user so amd is uncharted waters. I always read amd is great for a budget but Intel is great for power, feel free to tell me otherwise.
Call me a micro manager, but I'll read over parts for a build for hours and hours on end.
you sound like me. little too analytical. Once I find a part, I always search "___ vs ____" and end up on a never ending trail of research.
What resolution you wanting to run shogun 2 at on high while maintaining smooth frames? If you starting from scratch you're definitely going to have issues somewhere with only $700.
I'd have to agree, I dont like throwing my money at anything without knowing every thing possible. If at all possible 1440X900 or higher, also I've been able to raise the price for this build to help provide flexability.
for the money I would def go with a low end Sandy Bridge based build, bc in the end am3 is a good bang for your buck, but for a little more cash the p67 platform is vastly superior, often even with the low end cpus
if you have not already check out this article about Sandy Bridge and how it stacks up against a 955, etc:
if I were building new right now not already had an am3 motherboard than I would be running a i5-2500k at stock instead of my 955 at 4.0ghz any day, shoot even the SB i3 is sometimes faster, am3 by no means is a bad platform, and generally great for value, but right now I feel there is more value in the p67 platform, but again just my 2 cents..
also, Cartmans build is decent but personally I would say the GPU is a little much matched up with the CPU, for a 6970 I would at least have a high clocked 955 or higher, no doubt you can run the 6970 with an athlon II x4 but those are my thoughts, I would maybe just go with the better cpu/motherboard now and maybe like a gtx 560 which will no doubt meet your basic needs for now and then later down the road, sell the gtx 560 and buy a monster gpu...
bottom line is that if you have a grand to spend you can no doubt accomplish an i5-2500k based build imo