Hail you, community!
I have been planning to build a budget PC for basic use and likely gaming.
Components in mind:
Zalman ZM-500RS 500W PSU - $29.99
Blitz ATX case - $29.99
Have Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm lying around (will likely upgrade to SSD later)
Considering to buy:
RAM - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $29.99
CPU - AMD Phenom™ II X4 840- $99 VS
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - $149
Motherboard - ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 - $50 when bought as CPU + MB combo
Videocard - MSI R5770-PMD1G Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 - $80
1. What is better - faster CPU + current (or cheaper) videocard or cheaper CPU + more expensive videocard? This is from gaming perspective.
2. There are few more motherboards that can be purchased as combo from Microcenter website (http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...). I think the one I chose is relatively future-proof (USB3, DDR3). If you see something that is a better bung for a buck, would appreciate your opinion.
3. But will it run Crysis?
Now is an awkward time to build AMD, because socket AM3+ is just around the corner. Without that, no Bulldozer upgrade for you. Still, if you're going to build now, is the 955BE available? It can be overclocked easily enough to 965 levels, so it's not worth any price difference.
In any case, I would not buy a "Phenom II" 840; it's really an Athlon II, as it has no L3 cache.
Otherwise, I agree with zooted. You want dual-channel RAM.