Hello all, helping my girlfriend build a tower and she's looking at a gaming rig between 700 and 800 dollars and she needs windows 7 (home premium) as well. The build I put together before windows 7 is below, but I don't want her tower to suck so I thought I'd look for some feedback.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or so
Budget Range: Up to 800 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whichever is cheapest
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: AMD / NVidia / Corsair
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Would like to get the Hyper 212 heatsink
It represents excellent value for money. It has the newer Sandy Bridge CPU, so will be a lot faster and more future-proof than the combo you selected. Choose that one and you will definitely not regret it, and your GF will thank you.
I think the Thermaltake case in that combo looks a heck of a lot nicer than that nasty NZXT one. It's way more subtle and refined looking, which will certainly be a big plus side for a chick!
I would also recommend the ATI 5770 over the GTS450. The 450 is a sucky card and runs far too hot. The new revisions of the 5770 are cool and quiet and faster than the 450 for less money. A no-brainer really.
Lets be honest, it's not a "dedicated gaming rig" is it. She's probably gonna mainly be playing the Sims 3, which will run absolutely perfect on an ATI 5770 at max detail
Get the CoolerMaster Hiper if you like. However you've said no to Overclocking so it's certainly not needed. The stock Intel HSF supplied with the CPU will be absolutely fine, but I guess the CoolerMaster will run quieter.
Oh and and for a proper Sandy Bridge rig, you will be looking at least a grand. So I would say just bump up the GPU because that Phenom II x4 will do fine, Sandy Bridge is nice, but for a budget builder AMD delivers!