Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime before August 31, 2011
Budget Range: $750 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the net
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any would be fine, but I prefer to get everything from one place
Country of Origin: California, USA
Parts Preferences: Any
Overclocking: Most likely not
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Not sure
Additional Comments: Would prefer a quiet PC. Hoping to play SC2 on at least High Settings and newer games at Medium. Also need a monitor. Don't know much about monitors, but I'm currently using a 17'' and anything bigger would be great.
Are there any changes you guys would make? This is my first time actually choosing the parts, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Check out my $550 build. Do you have a Microcenter near by? If so, you should try to run by there and pick up a i5 2400 ($150) or i5 2500K ($180). If you plan to overclock get the 2500K, if not the 2400. If you plan to overclock. Get the board I refer to in my $850 build.
Look through Neweggs website for combo deals, You could easily combo the I3 2100 with a way better mb and there are a lot of combos for Memory and PS's and HDs and CD burners. You could easily save 50-100$ doing this if you keep to all combos.
Using the monitor aznshinobi recommended. Switched out the hard drive, motherboard, and graphics card since the GTX 560 was out of stock. Comes out to $773.36 with two $20 MIR for the grand total of $733.36. Is this build any good?
Biostar board are not of really gread quality. I would go for something like Asus or Asrock. I understand that u trying to save and bundle some things up but the bundles usually either consist of really expensive components or of crappy ones. In this case it's mobo.
Biostar isn't a reputable motherboard manufacturer, so I'd stay away from them. Check out this one : ASRock H61M - SATA III and USB 3
The power supply you've chosen is rock solid and capable of handling two HD 6870s in Crossfire mode. But I don't think you'll need another one.
The i3 2100 is great budget gaming processor. The Seagate Barracuda should perform better than the Spinpoint as its SATA 6.0GB/s.
I'll however only recommend you getting 2x4GB RAM instead of 2x2GB. Your MoBo has only two RAM dimms and you cannot upgrade later on. 4GB is going to be outdated soon. Atleast get a single 4GB stick and get another one when you can afford it if you can sacrifice the dual-channel mode for now.
Total comes out to $725.96. Only things I'm unsure about is the RAM and monitor. The case is also an Antec 300 instead of the Illusion, but the only difference is just the lights and an extra fan? Would I need to buy another fan with this build? Or should I just buy the Illusion from Newegg and the other parts from Amazon?
Wtf? 008Rohit. You just said a Corsair CX500 can handle Crossfire 6870? That is wayyyy offf.
As for Seagate vs Samsung. There would be virtually no difference. Mechanical drives have not yet taken full advantage of SATA III, and get about 1-2% boost in real world performance. The difference is so slight it'd be unnoticeable either way. SATA III with SSDs though is more beneficial.