I am building my first build. I have $600 to spend. Minus $110 for monitor (1600 x 900), $20 for wireless adapter, and $13 or speakers, that leaves me with $457. I can get an i3 2100 for $105, so that leaves me with $352 for the rest of the build. I am fine with medium settings
In this build. Or, for gaming wise, I could upgrade the CPU for the i5 2400, but that what leave me with only $300 for graphics card, ram, psu, case, mobo, DVD drive, and hard drive. Is this manageable with $300, or do I new to stick with i3 2100 and use $350? Also, what are your ideas for some builds to go with?
Budget Range: $450 before rebates (Budget was $600, but I need to subtract $150 for monitor, wireless card, and speakers)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (medium settings), casual internet browsing/youtube/listening to musc
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com (also open to amazon.com , tigerdirect.com, and microcenter)
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900
Additional Comments: None
@zooted , I like your build, see below please.
I was thinking something like this:
Processor: i3 2100 3.1GHz LGA 1155 Dual Core- $100 + $6 in tax at Microcenter
Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz LGA 1155 Dual Core - $100 (Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61 LGA 1155 - $54 (Newegg)
Graphics Card: HIS Radeon HD 6670 - $84 (Newegg) - W/ free Dirt 3
RAM/PSU Combo: - $97 (Comes with free kingston 4GB Micro SD Card)
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 1333 mhz
PSU: Corsair Builder Series 600W (allows for future upgrades)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $65
Case: NZXT Gamma - $42
Optical Drive: LG $20
Shipping: About $20
So the question is, do I go with @zooted 's build or mine? (Mine is bolded, Zooted's is normal, so you can compare)
i3 2100 i3 2100
h61 mobo h61 mobo
radeon hd 6770 radeon hd 6670
4GB RAM 8GB RAM
500GB HDD 1TB HDD
430W PSU 600W PSU
HAF 912 Case NZXT Gamma Case
Samsung Drive LG Drive
Both builds are roughly the same price... if I want to use this build, medium settings, for the next few years and upgrade every once in a while, which one should I go with?
If you feel you need it. I mean, if you prefer the NZXT case get it. If you need 1 TB of storage, get it. If you need 8 GB RAM, buy it. I don't really know whether you do or not... The 600W PSU you won't, however.
Well, for only $23 more, I can go with 4GB more of RAM, 170W bigger PSU, 500GB more storage, and his GPU/MoBo combo, so I think I'll go with that. The 600W PSU leaves room for upgrades in the future anyway.
So now my build is:
i3 2100 3.1ghz dual core
biostar h61 lga 1155
radeon hd 6770
8gb ripjaws ram
lg optical drive
GPU: $100 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6770 or $90 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 - nothing less than this what with more demanding games coming out. WOW or SIMS can be done on the i3 IGP, but if you're even looking at BF3, Crysis 2, COD:MW3, Metro 2033 etc. sticking to the 5770/6770 is the way to go for 1600X900.