System Usage from Most to Least Important: games, surfing, work
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country of Origin: us
Parts Preferences: none
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: My first build, Ive been searching looking it up and this is sort of what ive gotten for ideas. Is this good, and all compatible? I want it to be as future proof as i can. Also, i dont know what video card i should get. There are a couple combos that i found to save a little bit. Also, as this is my first build is there anything else i might need?
^ I was basing it off his list & wanting to future proof his system a bit. With the games currently out & coming out soon (primarily BF3), whatever budget you can save to put in a GPU @ 1920x1080 imo is important.
For mobo I was thinking 2500k microcenter deal if he had one near him & should have added a p61 board but I rushed it.
PSU: had the same rating as Rosewell. I had a rosewell go poof on me a long time ago & haven't used them since. Saw the combo deal @ newegg with decent ratings on PSU so I went with it for the price savings.
As for braveheart_84, Aznshinobi's $600 guide is good (didn't have it for ref), but depending on what games you expect to play (ex. metro 2033 now, BF3 later) a better graphic card will be your best bet for future proofing.
I looked at that guide before, and i used some of it, but i saw the combo on the case/psu thats why i picked that. I should just take exactly that except upgrade gpu for best performance? What would i need to play games on high settings?
Metro 2033 is currently the most demanding game out. Take a look at this chart with the ref gtx 560 ti under review in comparison with other cards for Metro 2033. At your resolution, it's not pretty. However, most games currently out or coming out very soon are not this graphic intensive. As for Battlefield 3, we just don't know how demanding the frostbite 3 engine will be, but from the looks of it (dx11 tessellation), it'll be pretty darn demanding at high settings/resolutions & tessellation.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a game out that is used in a lot of benchmarks & quite beautiful in the graphics department. Your system with a current gaming card ex. GTX 560ti will have no problems running it smoothly on 4x AA at 1920 x 1080 high settings. I ran it great with a GTX 260 core 16 before I upgraded with those settings on 1920 x 1200 resolution. The highest setting if I remember correctly is 16AA 16AF for Bad Company 2 & your system will crawl, but that is an insane setting for a budget gaming pc.
From the Nvidia forums, this person built a slightly more expensive system & ran the Unigine Final Heaven benchmark which has tessellation. Dx11 Tessellation will be in a couple big title later this year & on. Battlefield 3 is the one which everyone is salivating for. His setup is with the 2500k/p67 cpu/mobo & gtx 560ti & take note, he's running it @ 1680x1050 res, so expect drop in frame rates @ 1920x1080 resolution or you will need to lower your settings.
With that said, to answer your question, it honestly depends on how you expect to future proof your pc & what types of games you expect to play. First Person shooters will almost always be the most graphically intensive & mmorpgs are on the opposite spectrum.
1. Do you want to get components that you can later spend more money and upgrade accordingly or OC to your gaming demands? Ex. get a sli/cf motherboard so that you can drop another graphics card when you need to and/or a motherboard cpu that is overclocking friendly like the p67 mobo with a I7-2500k to get you better mileage?
2. Can you currently increase your budget a bit higher to slot in a higher graphics card? ex. @ 1920x1080 resolution GTX 570 or HD 6970 are ~$350 cards will run future games at max resolution as long as AA AF is kept low.
3. Other method is to play at 1680x1050 resolution (windowed mode) or get a 1680x1050 max resolution monitor.
If the points stated above are overly complex for what you want to do now, go with AznShinobi's $600 budget build & get a gtx 560ti or 6950 & what he said is correct.
"As for the card, yes you should be getting at least a 560 Ti (not GTX) or 6950 2GB. However 560 GTX or 6870 would be good for low-med settings @ 1920x1080 on intensive games." - AznShinobi