I've been looking into building a desktop PC for the first time, with the aim of mid-level gaming capabilities for a decent price. I primarilly intend to use it for Starcraft II, and SWtoR when it releases, so nothing too demanding. I am not looking for face-melting graphics. Just in need of a fast, responsive system that can play these games at a solid frame rate without dropping way low, for example, in 4v4 match ups on SCII.
Here is what I put together:
GPU -- XFX Radeon HD 6670 HD-667X-ZAF3 Video Card
MEMORY -- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
MOBO -- ASUS M4A87TD EVO ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU -- AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX
STORAGE -- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
DVD DRIVE -- ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
PSU -- RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W Modular LED Power Supply
CASE -- Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
TOTAL PRICE -- ~$540
I wanted to post to ensure that all of these parts are compatible.
Any input/criticism/advise from more experienced builders would be much appreciated. Trying to keep the price around $500, so if anyone has any suggestions as to cost/efficiency that would be awesome.
It's not so good...Dual Core CPU when you can get a Quad Core, low quality PSU and case and finally not so powerful GPU (although I have to search to see if it's the best you can get with this budget..). Because with such budget Intel isn't an option, are you in a hurry to buy this? Because new AMD CPUs will be released by the end of the month and you can have more options....
I think I'm about ready to make the purchase. Decided to go with the HIS 6850 with the free Dues Ex. Looking forward to playing games at an ENJOYABLE level...as much as i hate to admit it, I've been running on a regular MacBook for the past couple years trying to run WoW/SC2. haha
Any further advice as far as building goes? Any good online guides/videos?
Also, once i have it all built, how much set up does one have to do as far as OS/drivers/software? I think I get the idea, just want to check my bases.
load the OS.
Load any drivers for the motherboard/gpu that came on disc with the hardware.
Download your antivirus choice
then do windows updates. you might have to repeat the windows update 2-5 times. do it until there is nothing left to update.
once that is done, download from NVidia or AMD the very latest video drivers