I'm building a rig for a friend of mine, and he's interested in something for gaming. I'm not talking like playing Crysis on Very High with AA on, but he'd like to be able to play current gen games and some future games on decent settings. No crazy high resolutions, but I'd like it to be able to run a native resolution of a 19" widescreen monitor. (The one I have picked out is an 18.5" with a resolution of 1366x768)
Budget: Not over $1000 (including Monitor)
I posted on here a few weeks ago about an AMD build and figured it would all work out, but then some of the parts were no longer availible so I did a little more research and decided to try an Intel build.
When I add all of this together the price comes out to around $950 including a copy of Windows Home Premium 64 bit.
Is this a good build for gaming? I know I can probably make a quad core AMD build for less, but once I found out that an Intel Core i3 beat a AMD Phenom X2 955 black edition I figured it was more worthwhile to make an Intel build.
This will be my first build, but I'm fairly certain everything is compatible.
Is the Core i5 worth the extra money or does it make more sense to get a Core i3 for now and upgrade to a core i5 or i7 down the road? and maybe get a higher end GPU instead?
All the board manufactures recommend low voltage RAM (1.5v or less) for these 1155 boards. No need for a 750w psu, and those gtx 550's suck. And like gkay pointed out up above...a sound card these days is a total waste of money seeing how onboard sound these days rocks.