I'm planning to build a gaming PC. My budget is about $800- $1,000. I would like to be able to play games such as Star Craft II and World of WarCraft on high settings without lag. I don't know much about computer hardware, only a little that I've picked up from reading online.
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 days
Budget Range: $800-$1,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, music, internet.
Parts Not Required: Speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm going to a computer parts store.
Country of Origin: U.S.
Parts Preferences: Nvidia video card, pentium processor.
SLI or Crossfire: I don't know
Monitor Resolution: I don't know.
Additional Comments: I want to run World of WarCraft and Starcraft II with high video settings, with low lag.
For my processor I initially went with the Intel® Core™ i5-760 Processor (8M Cache, 2.80 GHz) http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=48496 but was told not to get that because of the socket (1155 is better?) and to go with a Sandy Bridge processor. I did some reading and found that the Sandy Bridge has integrated graphics, but because I want a gaming PC, wouldn't integrated graphics be a pitfall?
For my video card I'm looking at the Nvidia GTX 460 http://www.geeks3d.com/20100712/nv [...] available/ , I read on a blog that the 460 had the best performance for the price I was looking to spend on a video card, but someone recommended that with my budget I could find a better card.
I'm going with a 600 watt power supply.
I don't know much about motherboards other than it needs to match my processor.
Any advice or suggestions is greatly appreciated, thank you!
system will still be under $1000 and everything striker 410's input for your price range sounds good!
I thought about adding a 2500k, but to take advantage of the 2500k you must have z68 or p67. And also, it seems like a "maybe" Isn't usually worth an extra $100. However, it is in his budget so good suggestion, especially with that microcenter deal. Really comes down to overclock: Definite yes or definite no.
I've never overclocked a computer so I don't know anything about it. My guess that it's worth the extra performance, but what risks are associated with overclocking? It sounds interesting, so my maybe is turning into a yes if I can know a little more.
I just installed Asrock mobo (p67 extreme4) with the UEFI & it is a very refreshing change for me vs typical bios. However, the Asrock mobo comes with software for windows & I've read from users it's as simple as dragging the bar with the software it comes with. I did it the UEFI way vs the software it comes with, so can only state what others claim it to be.
To learn more, manufacture's website best place to see what goodies it comes with.
You all have been a tremendous help! I'm heading to Circuit City to see what some of their prices are, hopefully by tomorrow I should have this thing running! Thanks again, I really appreciate your knowledge!