Hey all, this is my first post here on Tom's... signed up because it had the biggest/best forum community (as well as a good website in itself)
Anyway, here are the parts I'm considering... (<900$ Budget Gaming PC)
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Mid-Tower Gaming Case CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 Cooling Fan: CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan Motherboard: GigaByte GA-P67A-UD3-B3 Intel P67 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) Corsair DDR3/1600MHz Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card PSU: 700 Watts - XtremeGear SLI/CrossFireX Ready Power Supply Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium
All these parts (Plus shipping + tax) come out to about $880 I based all my decisions based on reviews/opinions, not at all based on experience.
My questions for you fine folks are:
1) Is this a good build overall? Obviously not super high quality, but for semi-hardcore gaming. I primarily play SC2, TF2, Portal (have yet to get 2), League of Legends, Bloodline Champions. I'm a computer hardware noob, so sorry if this sounds stupid. 2) Are the parts compatible/reliable? Are the companies reliable? Any red flags?
More aboutcompatible quality parts
XtremeGear power supplies are total crap, make sure you get a name brand unit from Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, XFX, or OCZ.