System Usage from Most to Least Important: Browsing, Basic multitasking, Non-FPS gaming (Starcraft II specifically)
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: Freedomville...er, USA
Parts Preferences: good ones
Overclocking: Preferably not (for now)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: I've been using a laptop as a desktop replacement for 4.5 years, and I'm looking to replace it with an actual desktop while there's still enough life in the laptop to use it on the road. I play a lot of games, but tend toward older strategy titles (Alpha Centauri, Civ 2/4, etc), so I don't need a lot of muscle. Honestly, I could probably get away with a prebuilt system if I wanted, but I want quality components and something that has enough juice to run SC2 worry-free, so here I am.
After way too much window-shopping, forum-browsing, and benchmark-comparing, here's what I'm looking to get. I have two questions--will this all work together, and how well will it run SC2 (and/or Civ 5) on my monitor? What if I upgrade to 19x12 at a later date?
Also, if I'm looking to make my order in a week or two, that puts me in early November...is it worth waiting for Black Friday sales to see if I can get a good deal on anything?
G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT ($42) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Likely more than I need, but I like having more RAM than I need. Even if it's just a placebo effect, I want 8GB.
With your budget, you should be going with an AMD chipset. You will get more for your money in this range. the 955BE is about the same price, but it is very good for gaming, in fact AMD's best chip. With this, you could skimp on a MoBo a little bit, as you aren't OC'ing. Probably something from Asrock or Asus would work for around a $70 board.
Also, if you aren't playing massive graphics, you could go with an FM1 chip from AMD, which runs an HD6530 integrated graphics on a quad-core cpu. This could be had for $140 at 2.9GHz, and save you the money on your gpu for now until you need to upgrade. This saves you roughly $100, and you could buy that OS now within your budget.
Starcraft is actually rather cpu hungry, while the gpu can allow for a med-high graphics setting, and still push great results. My personal opinion is to go AMD with integrated graphics, but it is your choice. Budget is tight though.
this looks fine and seems to be within your price range. I've got that same CPU and a comparable GPU (560, NOT the ti version), and I run SC2 no problem. Very smothly and high frames per second.
The RAM is fine, average CAS Latency, the frequency is fine, 8 gigs is more than you'll need. The case is also fine, just a normal case. If you don't like the look you can sub it with something else, but it'll get the job done. The Corsair is a great brand so the PSU will be good, especially since it's 80+.
Thanks guys. Haven't had a chance to visit the forum the last few days, as my personal life's kinda exploded.
Thanks for the suggestions, but I think I'm going to stick with what I have, as long as it works. If the difference is only a couple percentage points, I'm going to just say 'good enough' and not worry about this anymore. Lord knows I've had enough to worry about this week, lol.
I see that Newegg's running a sale on Antec cases and power supplies this week, which makes me feel better about those choices at least.