My nephews PC just died on him and its old enough to scrap and start new. Main use will be gaming, schoolwork and net surfing. He has a hard budget of $500 before rebates for the tower and will be playing on a 21" 1080p monitor. He plays a lot of FPS and racing games. This is what I came up with and wanted to see if anyone has any alternative suggestions. Not looking to go crazy on overclocking or sli/crossfire. Just need the parts for the tower:
Total comes to 498.50 shipped. I'm willing to toss in a few bucks for improvements like getting a CM 212+ cooler but not sure if it would fit in the case. Also kicking around the idea of this AM3+ mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ but I'm not a fan of giving up two ram slots along with sata6 and usb3 for the option of tossing in a processor that I have no clue what type of performance gain I would be looking at. Correct me if I'm wrong but the Phenom II X3 720 isn't gonna bottleneck the 560 so swapping it for a new bulldozer cpu is only gonna offer a few FPS for gaming right?
P.S. I swear these Phenom II X3 720's are 955's I've used two and both unlocked to a quad and bumped up to 3.2GHz with no voltage increases. The 720's come stock at x14 multiplier while the rest of the Phenom II's come stock at x16 correct?
Your build doesn't look all that bad. I am a fan of the X3 720 for a budget CPU, but only overclocked. Keep in mind that the X3 720 is an OEM product and doesn't come with a CPU cooler. Adding the Hyper 212+ is a GREAT idea!!! Also, opt up for the AM3+ motherboard...