Been a long time reader. I am a gamer and have read a lot of articles on the latest Sandy Bridge thing and know that i5 2500 is probably the better option (price/performance) for gaming. I was also about to build one aorund it until today, when I came across a local classified that has this used pc posted. It has:
CPU : Intel i7 970
Video Card : ATI Radeon 6870 1GB
RAM: 6GB DDR3 ( 3 x 2GB )
SSD: Intel X25-M 80GB
All for 1150$!
Now I know that a new build with i5 2600 and all the rest should come up to about the same $, and might even give better gaming performance. The thing is, I do use the PC for other things too like photoshop and video editing. Just that my budget is built around the gaming side of things.
Games I would play are mostly MMOs and shooters, which I think the former is more CPU dependent and the latter GPU dependent right?
Another concern I am having is that I don't know the brands of the components. I do know that the case is an Alienware Aurora tower. Would that be a problem?
It's a decent buy if you need want a hexacore i7 and a SSD. In terms of gaming performance the limiting factor for any system over $700 is the video card. The 6870 is a fast card but by now means the fastest on the market. For $1150 you can build a faster gaming machine.
Yeessss you guys are quite right on the budget price. Just doing it quick quick on newegg it seems like I could get 2500k for about <800$ before video card. I could probably land a better one for 300$ ! Let me take a closer look!