I'm looking to upgrade my ancient gaming system (old school overclocked 805D) Tom's $500-600 build review comes out tomorrow I believe so let's see if I can beat them to the punch with a better system!
Here is what I'm thinking for my build:
Intel Core i3 -2100: $125 from newegg.com or I can drive for 2 hours round trip and pick up :
Core i3 2100 for $100
Core i5 2400 for $150
I have briefly looked at overclocking Core 2 duo and AMD previous generation chips and I believe for $205 the core i3 2100 + mobo wins. I could get a Phenom II X4 965 + mobo for $180 and from the benchmarks it looks like it is only 10-15% slower so I figure I should go with the more advanced architecture of the core i3.
Wireless card: My old one does not have Win7 drivers, sad face. I am a bit clueless on what to get, they all seem to be in the $30-$40 dollar range. Some of them have 3 antennas, is that preferred? Is PCI or USB 2.0 faster? Going to put in a tentative $30 for this section.
HDD: Keeping my trusty WD 74 GB Raptor + 500 GB sata II seagate drive = $0
PSU: Keeping BFG Tech 650W PSU that has been running for about 3 years = $0
Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor: also own already, got a 22" acer mointor at 1680x1050 = $0
I really only wanted to spend ~$500 but the darn OS for $100 is killing me. I'd really like to get this down to $500.
Should I keep my radeon 4650 instead of buying a GTX 460 and wait until the next batch of video cards come out?
Are there any good cases for ~$30 out there?
I think $80 is too much for a budget motherboard, is there anything else for a core i3 2100 chip? Will there be any boards around the $40-50 range soon?