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.
I'd get an AM3+ mobo for upgradeability. I have a 555 and some games seem to need a quad core, namely GTA4 doesn't run properly. I bought it while waiting on Bulldozer - if you're not planning to get a BD immediately I suggest you buy an X4.
Oh yea you don't need a 600+W PSU. 400W is enough.
Def get rid of the raidmax PSU. Look at the 500W builders from corsair, Antec Earthwatts 650 if you feel you want more power.
By all means, get an AM3+ motherboard if going AMD. AM3 is a dead end. I'd find room in the budget for the HD 6850.