This will be my first time building a computer from the ground up. I’d rather not spend the $1,000 if possible. All help is very much appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: In the next couple of weeks
Budget Range: 700-1000 Before Rebates (if you can get it lower for what I need, I’m fine with that too)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Casual gaming (Rift, Shogun II, Sims 3, Portal 2 and future games like; BF3 and Elder Scrolls V) and the Internet
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com/Tigerdirect.com/Amazon.com (not opposed to other places if I end up getting a better deal)
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Leaning towards Intel’s i5 2500k (unless its overkill for what I need). I'm open to suggestions on this and anything else). I’m not sure on a case yet, so suggestion would be great. I like the look of blue LED’s, but I’d rather have functionality if I can’t have both.
Overclocking: Maybe, not a big deal to me tho. It's one of the things I'm not really concerned about.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 When I buy a new one, not included in the budget (any suggestions are welcome though - at least 20" no bigger than 24")
- The longevity of the parts is a big factor for me, as I don't plan to upgrade for a while.
1. I'd like to know how/and on what settings you think I could run the above mentioned games?
2. Are the parts I listed under/overkill?
3. On the case, will I need to buy something that shows the internal temperature and has fan controls?
^ You could check out my build guide.
The $600 build would fit you, spend an extra $50 more and pickup an i5 2400 and you're good to go. If you're worried about the 5850 you can always just get the 6950 instead (Highly recommended at your resolution) or an Overclocked 560 Ti. That would add $100 bringing you to a final total of $750 w/o Windows. Pretty good if you ask me.