Well I've been working for awhile on this rig...couple months trying to get the best for the cheapest..
And so far it's been going good, I just need some opinions and maybe a couple suggestions. I'd like to play BF3 60+ fps, I don't really care about graphics, since Battlefield games look pretty good on lower settings anyways. But I'll mostly be playing Call of Duty: MW3 and Black Ops.
I live in the United States and I'd like to get everything from Newegg. I will not be doing overclocking of any kind. I wanna keep it around $650 or even lower. I wanna get it cheap as possible, $700 is my budget, but i wanna keep it under that.
Also, is there THAT much of a difference between the 2400 and 2500 besides the clock speeds? Should i get the 2400?
Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I think I'm gonna get the 2400 and use that extra money for another 4GB stick of RAM, we'll see. But you think this will handle BF3 and hm... maybe games for the next two years 60+ fps?
Processor : Intel Core i3 2100 - $124.99
Motherboard : ASRock H61-M GE - $69.99
Graphics Card : XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $166.99
RAM : Corsair 2 x 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz Dual-Channel Memory - $45.99
Storage : Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM - $59.99
Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $18.99
Case : Any Decent ATX Mid Tower - $50
PSU : CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W - $49.99
Total : $585 after rebates
Should do great in new games. $60 more for an i5 2400.
Don't really think an i3 will cut it, i mainly play Black Ops, and Black Ops is one of the most terrible ports in terms of optimization I've ever seen. It runs pretty bad on a dual core, i also wanna play BF3 so i don't think an i3 will cut it. Plus I want an i5 because i want this machine to last around 2 years.
But the i3 2100 should be sufficient for running any game ATM. It outperforms Intel Core 2 Quads and Phenom II X4's (even X6's) in Gaming. The reason is hyperthreading. It can process 4 threads at the same time being a dual core.
Yeah, I know it has hyperthreading, but still. I see a more long term value in an i5. I don't need a 1TB HDD, 500GB is plenty for me. My rig I have now has a 300GB harddrive, I still have 200GB left and it's 2 years old.
That RAM is just a 1333Mhz one. (Cheapest available DDR3 from Corsair)
You can get a 500GB HDD. No one would stop you. lol!
I've wrote on my first post itself that you can just change the CPU with an i5 2400 for $60 more. How could I know all your personal preferences?