First time posting so not sure exactly where to put this topic but I've decided on buying a PC instead of building one as I only have a monitor, mouse, and speakers and thus need a lot of the other stuff that people don't usually include in their list. So to cut to the chase, I've made these two list:
BuyXg ~ $587
CAS: Apevia X-Dreamer 3 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window & Temperature Display [-6] (Black Color with Black Ring & Blue LED Fan)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-760 2.80 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1156
MOTHERBOARD: MSI H55M-E23 Intel H55 Chipset DDR3 LGA1156 mATX w/ Onboard Graphics, HDMI, DVI, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II, 1 Gen 2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB GDDR3 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
HDD: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
FAN: Intel LGA1156 Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink
POWERSUPPLY: 500 Watts - Standard Case Power Supply
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
FREEBIE_CU1: FREE Game - Shogun 2 Limited Edition Coupon: Total War [+0]
FREEBIE_CU2: FREE! PCI Wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card [+0]
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
I feel like the Buyxg buy is better due to the true quad core vs dual core w/ hyperthreading but it seems as though Cyperpower is more represented on these forums. Is there something I'm missing as in reputation or quality? Also is there anything I should be concerned about with the above builds? I tried to go as cheap as possible and prices include shipping...
It'd be great if I could get a response today as the Buyxg deals ends tonight! Thanks!
I think I'm going to go for building a computer now! Looking around these forums have me sort of excited to do so. And I think I'm going to stick to a core i3-2100 (maybe a core i5-2400 if I find the extra money) with a sapphire radeon hd 5850 combo. While gaming is definitely a priority, I'm not trying to run everything at max settings.
From a perspective point of view, I'm upgrading from my old laptop 1.4 Ghz intel celeron M w/ integrated graphics ...It won't take a lot to please me for my first desktop. Thanks again!
The 5770 is probably a good choice. . One should cost $100-$120.
You will not need an expensive 1155 motherboard. They start at $65 or so, and a H61 based motherboard will be fine.
You might even consider using the integrated graphics at first so you can better assess your needs for a graphics card. Don't plan on great gaming, but it will be better than on a laptop. Use the time to evaluate graphics cards and to shop around.
Ram is cheap, I like 8gb, but 4gb should do for now. Get the cheapest 4gb kit that is supported by your motherboard. The memory controller on sandy bridge is very good at keeping the cpu fed with ram data. It makes very little difference what speed or latency the ram is. No need to spend more on fancy heat spreaders either. I would get a single stick of 4gb ram, even though it will operate in single channel mode @ $39: The advantage is you preserve an 8gb upgrade if your motherboard has only two ram slots. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...