Approximate Purchase Date: Within one or two months of April 2011
Budget Range: Preferably $300-$400; Realistically up to $500 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Light/medium gaming, e.g. minecraft on 'High' settings with extensive mod use and possibly coop fps such as L4D (1) and borderlands. Next in line is Web browsing, probably least important is watching low/med quality movies/videos (youtube mainly)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, optical drive, monitor (though I will probably upgrade to a cheap lcd monitor at some point so recommendations are welcome, but not expected)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, sites that would be considered trustworthy by a careful purchaser
Country of Origin: U.S. of A.
Parts Preferences: I have a listing, but I don't know how compatible they are, And really I know very little about parts/manufacturers, etc.
Overclocking: possible, but I barely know what overclocking is so not needed.
SLI or Crossfire: highly doubtful
Monitor Resolution: big old square monitor, 1024x768? And an lcd monitor thats one the fritz. But basically a low end resolution
Additional Comments: Loud or ugly matters not.
I am mostly looking for High FPS on Minecraft on Normal/high settings (far and fancy) and able to play L4D and Borderlands (and similar) with good/acceptable Framerate on normal/low settings.
Unfortunately, the CPU/MOBO combo on Microcenter is only available through In-Store Pickup. And I'm not spending the extra $40 dollars of gas needed to get there and back (unless I'm missing something and there is a way to get it shipped to my home?). Also, how long will that deal last? It's very tempting, but I'd probably total my car on the way over and end up paying insurance and what not.
The Gigabyte 760g on microcenter specifies a 500watt psu. Newegg did not specify (as far as I could see). Will a 430w psu cover it? Do I dare risk it?
I've decided to go with the Patriot ram you suggested. Same with the Rosewill case (I had the R101-P-BK, but the 102 is cheaper on shipping and I think it looks better). Thanks!
Also, I have a DVD drive already, so scratch that one off.
The 5770 is a little too overprice for me. If, in time, I decide to upgrade the video card, I will, but until then, I think I'll manage with the 4670.