Im looking to build an i3 2100 (key reason for socket 1155 is for the upgradability) budget gaming pc, was hoping to only spend $500 but I think to achieve any "decent" level of gaming performance from newer games I would have to spend a bit more. By "decent" I don't mean max everything for the next 3 years, I just want to be able to play games released in the next year beyond the lowest setting.
Motherboard; is a H67 going to show any benefit?
Power supply; is a 500w going to overkill for a basic system such as this?
GFX card; is this 5770 a good option, or is it a bit lightweight? 1680x1050 resolution
Any general feedback as to component choices is very welcome.
Components not required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS is vista(ick I know, but Ill update to windows 7 fall semester)
The power supply you picked is sufficient for your build. I would probably tweak some things though. Check out my build guide in my siggy for $600. Maybe drop the case down to the Elite you chose and save $30 for the DVD drive.
Are you overclocking? You'll want P67 or Z68 for that. The 5770/6770 are a bit low end, but you could crossfire them later. That would require a more powerful PSU though, so my recommendation would be to get a 6850 right off the bat. Other than that looks pretty good.
^ Yeah, that's why I said 6850 @$145 AR, versus 5850 @$235. But AznShinobi is correct, the 5850 will perform a bit better. The 5850s are slowly being discontinued, you might be able to find a better deal somewhere besides Newegg though.
Oh I guess it wasn't for $55, I didn't really check. Sometimes (and this was a month ago) they have huge antec sales and the Illusion usually drops to 55-60$. But I guess not now. I wouldn't get the basic 300, there are better cases at the price. At the currect pricing, I'd get this.
But if you want to stretch, the Illusion is a solid case.
As for the 5850, yeah that's the only thing. Though I'd trust Amazon to ship it, after all. It is FULFILLED by Amazon. If you are scared of that, the 6850 is great way to go. Maybe even stretch for a 6870 as they can be bought cheap now to. The next step up (IMO) would be the 560 GTX. Not the Ti.
ohiou_grad_06, where does the gtx 460 fall between the 6850/6870? Looks to me the one for ~$140 is only 768mb, not that I'm educated enough to understand how much of a difference that makes, but normally bigger numbers mean bigger performance
I appreciate the suggestion, just curious to know where it stands compared to the other mentioned cards.