So I've been out of the computer world since I built my last PC (4200+ X2, 8800GT, 2GB). I'm not up to date with current hardware but I'm looking for the best PC I can build for the price, preferably around $700 but willing to go up to $750. I don't need a monitor nor do I need Windows.
My goal: Well, it seems as if BF3 will soon become the standard - SO I HAVE TO RUN BF3 ON MAX! Kidding, but as close to max as possible with this budget of course. In reality, I'd be happy to run The Old Republic, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 etc on high settings without any hitches. Not expecting a god machine with my budget, just something that I can continue to upgrade as I receive future paychecks and perhaps transform into a god machine over time.
intel i3-2100 CPU + Z68 mobo. the i3-2100 can easily run any game out there today plus SC2 only utilize two cores (Diablo III will most likely be the same). you can upgrade to an i5-2XXX quad core down the road when needed like the i3-2500
4GB of DDR3 RAM from just about any brand name (they all come from the same handful of suppliers).
dump the rest of the money into your video card like the Nvidia GTX560ti, GTX570 or AMD 6950, 6970. video cards do all the heavy lifting in games, they make or break gaming PCs.
I assume you mean ATI 6950, 6970. Unfortunately I can't pull the trigger for a few days late as I'm waiting on a paycheck, is 4GB going to be enough for a ram-intensive game as I'm sure The Old Republic will be?
i rarely comment on a case since the decision should always be about "what case looks nice to the end user" but the fans on that case are useless. they run at 500rpm and they hardly move air even for a 500rpm fan. the USB ports become loose after just a few pushes with a USB stick. the on/off switch sticks...
$743 before MIR. You should bump up to 700-750W preferably from Antec/XFX/ Seasonic/ Corsiar [can try OCZ] if you want the crossfire HD 6870 instead. I would just stick with a 6850 for now and wait for Keplar or how the newer generation AMD graphics turn out [I believe it's releasing this year]. The parts you can get and won't regret are pretty much everything other than the GPU. The HD 6850 will continue to be a good priced card with great performance though. 650W is enough to add on another HD 6850 if you want.
Definitely keeping that in mind, and my apologies for not posting in the correct format. I definitely like the newer vid card in 008' and if its' true the only thing I could possibly regret is not going all out on a video card, than I'd rather go that route. Just debating between the I3 and I5
Like I said, You can buy the i5 2400 for $65 more, but the extra price is worth it only if you do a lot of other things (heavy multitasking, HD Video transcoding etc) on your PC, too, instead of just gaming, watching movies and browsing the internet.