I got a text from my friend today asking me to put together a sub 1000 dollar machine for him. The less spent, the better. He really wants a good gaming machine, and something that will last him awhile. This is what i found for him, please give me feedback on my recommendation.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within a Month
Budget Range: Under 1000 Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: cheap and reliable sites (i bought from newegg and love them, so thats what i use)
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: Unsure, i would assume 1920x1080
For the cpu, either save money and get an H67 board + i5 2400 or spend more and get the i5 2500k +z68. Having a z board but no SSD or overclockable cpu makes it a waste. Oh and that's not the good z68 board it doesn't come with virtu in case he wants quick sync.
idk what to do for a cheap mobo and cpu solution though, my friend has no interest in overclocking so the 2500k is probably not the best solution (although i love it and im using it right now to type this message =D)
If he isn't going to oc then no prob and looking through newegg I didn't see where you could get the cpu and mobo for less than 306 without suffering a lot from the mobo end. I'd stick with your first pick then. I was more suggesting upgrading instead of going to the cheaper end and yes 2500k love it.